Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment.” Mindfulness, being present and conscious in your body is essential for weight loss and for maintaining your healthy ideal weight. Having to have a second bowl of ice cream because you don’t remember the first bowl is a classic example of being out of your body – of being anything but mindful. One of the many benefits that I have received as a result of self hypnosis is learning to be more mindful. I am much more aware of my feet on the floor, my butt in the chair and of breath in my body.

Mindfulness is being used to treat many physical and psychological problems, including stress, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, chronic pain, addiction, and eating disorders. Mindfulness is used as a methodology for treating a variety of emotional problems, among which are borderline personality disorder, anxiety and depressions, eating disorders, and substance abuse. The way most people think about anxiety is as a chronic focus on worries about the future, without acknowledging the reality of the present. An anxious person worries about what might happen in the future, rather than focusing on what is happening in the present. Even a non-anxious person, during the process of worrying, is engaged in future-oriented thinking, talking to self, and focus on anticipated events. Mindfulness provides an alternative focus as attention is drawn to the present moment, thus breaking the maladaptive cycle of worrying.

Afflictive emotions— our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear—can be put to an end when you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they always pass on like clouds in the sky. My mental state, I think, is quite peaceful, quite calm. If there’s some sad news, some heart-breaking news that comes, for a short moment, I am very disturbed, very sad, but then it goes. So like an ocean, the waves come and go, come and go. – Dalai Lama, 1999

Jon Kabat-Zinn tells us that the “real mindfulness meditation never comes to an end – it is your life. Breath will go go, taste will go on. The real meditation practice is your life.” Showing up in your life is not trivial. It is one of the hardest things in the world is to be in your body. At Slender For Life™ I teach clients to use a stress reduction technique to become present in their body so that they can notice the food before them and then eat slowly….consciously……mindfully.

Stop eating a short distance from your body. Turn the TV off and stop texting when you eat. Allow your mouth to full appreciate the tastes and textures of the food you eat. Learn self hypnosis and be mindful – show up in your life!

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