Monday 29 March 2010

The Peaceful Warrior

There is much agression and pain in the world today. We can attract it even if we are not looking for it, aggression and pain can be a great distraction from looking inside at our selves. The peaceful warrior lives and practices truth. By being true to our selves, we do not need to engage in aggression, as we are comfortable with who we are without having to justify it. Peaceful warriors need no enemy, they step away from agression. Peaceful warriors learn where balance is and they learn how to dance with whatever comes.

Wednesday 17 March 2010

We become what we think

"The thought manifests as the word. The word manifests as the deed. The deed develops into habit. And the habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care. And let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings." Buddha

Tuesday 9 March 2010

Seeing with your heart

Somebody wrote "It will become visible to you when you can see it."  See what? We see too much these days, children play vicious computer games and kill kill kill, we see violence on the streets and we don’t help anymore, we see pictures of children dying in Africa and we don’t jump in to rescue them.  Seeing has to become numb because we cannot act on everything. But it is then almost as if we have forgotten how to open our hearts, to see through our hearts.  It is not something we can do all the time, 24 hours a day, because seeing with our heart can make us vulnerable. But it can also make us more human. It also helps us see inside to our own heart, to love ourselves. This seeing with our heart, opens our eyes, and we can once again be part of the journey of life. So for those of you who doubt, hear this:
"He who fears must love over his fearing, for love be the sun that dispels that shadow." - Patience Worth

Wednesday 3 March 2010

Getting out of a vicious circle

I just watched the final episode of Operation Transformation and it left me wondering... What happens next for the leaders? 8 weeks of media attention, vigorous exercise, commando training and eating plans.... Of course they lost weight, its inevitable with all that support and attention. But what now? will they keep it up? Or flop out over the next week or two with the anti-climax, then go back to old habits?

And what about the rest of us? Without access to personal trainers, nutritionists, the army or motivational coaches, how can we do it alone? It seems like an impossible task to lose weight without all that support. But it doesn't have to be. There's a trick to losing weight, and it starts with a decision to make a change. Just one change at a time is all a person can successfully make.

I suggest that diets don't work. The secret to successful weight loss is understanding how we got where we are in the first place. What emotional issues underly our eating habits? What, in fact, are our eating habits? If you want to lose weight, and you are serious about it, then keep a food diary and be honest about it. What did you eat, when, and what was going on for you at the time. Do it for a week and see if there is a pattern... do it for a month and go deeper into it. You might learn something about yourself in the process, and the food will start to look less appetising.

Make a change for life, not just for a few weeks.