Every time I lead a cleanse (or participate for that matter) I’m struck by the power that comes from simply paying attention. Yes, there are things to be learned about food combining and advantages to eliminating certain foods for a time but the real magic, the real power comes from the being present.
I’ve found that’s true for nearly every aspect of my life. When things get chaotic, I stop paying attention and then things always get more chaotic. It’s true for my waistline and my calendar and always my wallet. When I’m not present in every decision, the decisions get the best of me. I start eating kids’ leftover food. I snack all day. I forget appointments or nearly miss deadlines or spend and forget which means my money “disappears”. It happens quickly too. One minute I’ve got it all figured out and the next I’m spiraling out of control and all it took was taking my eyes off the prize for a second. Being present, paying attention, that’s all it takes for me.
And I’ve seen that’s all it takes for clients-remembering to focus on the task at hand. Simply by noticing their patterns, they kick habits, lose weight and even restart their entire health lives. There is nothing drastic that changes. They just start taking time to tune in rather than moving through life on auto-pilot.
Give it a shot. Focus on what your doing for the next few days and pay attention to why. Stop yourself before you put that cookie in your mouth and ask are you hungry or just bored? Are you buying that new dress because you need a new dress or do you think it will make you feel better? Are you ordering out because you really have no food in the kitchen or do you just not feel like cooking?
Answer the questions. Take the time to be present. Pay attention. You just might see things are even better than they seem.