There are few things more all-consuming than obsessive thinking about food, health and the weight and appearance of the body. With both women and men this pre-occupation often over-shadows all other goals, enjoyments and experiences in life.
The focus on food and the body fills the same need that alcohol, drugs, gambling and compulsive shopping do: It is a strategy to shut down the inner experience of emptiness, aloneness, disconnection and lack. All of these strategies create in initial feeling of excitement and satisfaction, but this is very short-lived. You can’t get enough of what you don’t really want, so you keep repeating the same behaviour, in progressively more extreme ways, hoping for a different result.
This preoccupation with finding an exterior solution to an internal problem prevents accessing the real solution, which is on the inside.
To get to the root of the problem, it is necessary to address your relationship with your inner Self. It is in this relationship that the fullness, wholeness, peace and abundance that you are longing for is experienced. Everything that you have been searching for comes from inside, and you already have it!
This is when the journey of healing the obsession starts to become fun! As you deepen your experience of your Inner Self, you can take many practical steps to heal your relationship with food at same time. The healing of your relationship with your Inner Self supports the healing of your relationship with food, and vice versa. At this point you can begin to feel a real loosening of the mental and emotional ties that bound you to compulsive acting out. Another way to say this is that your focus on your Divine self and your focus on taking loving actions in the world with food dissipate your focus on your drive to fill that emptiness that doesn’t really exist. When you focus on love, automatically your willingness to suffer and struggle decreases accordingly. And the more you focus on love, the more you want to, because it is what you have been looking for all along.
If you’re ready to end the fight with food and your body, here are 3 things you can do to start to move in your new direction:
Practice these steps and see how you like what happens!