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Maintenance Blog: Practicing harmlessness to the body-mind

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Eleventh week of maintenance.
Weight: 127 pounds.

One of the foundation practices of yoga is 'ahimsa' or nonviolence. We are taught to be nonviolent to others but recently I have been reflecting that my weight-loss journey has been about learning to do no harm to myself. To stop abusing myself. So much of the abuse was unconscious. I thought I loved myself when I took that second helping of raspberry almondine tart. In reality, I was turning down the voice of truth and love within me that was telling me that I had had enough already. Fortunately, you can always start tuning into this inner wisdom. Love and truth are always flowing and all you have to do is listen. Very carefully.

We hear so much about self-love, how you cannot love others any more than you love yourself. And this piece about not harming the self is part of that recognition. And the cool thing is that you can come into alignment with truth and love at any weight. You can tune into joy at any weight. In fact the sooner you do it, the more joyful your weight-loss journey becomes.

Sometimes, we think that being truthful about our weight is to tell ourselves how disgusting we are at the current heavy weight. But, dear Heart, you are always essentially beautiful and unique, a divine soul, and there is only one of you in all of time. The disgust is not truthfulness. It is a judgment and it is not practicing harmlessness. It is harmful and detracts from your joy. It is static and tunes out the voice of love and truth. So, no self-judging please. No more body shaming!

I close with some favorite lines from Walt Whitman's Song of Myself.

"I sing myself and celebrate myself
For every atom that belongs to me
As good belongs to you..."

And so I celebrate the ongoing victory of Us, the victory of Love.
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