Tommy Rosen and The Daily Love have delivered another amazing and enlightened post. Tommy can make you listen to things you don’t want to hear (i.e., soda drinking). If you don’t already subscribe to The Daily Love, and I suggest you do, read it here.
“When you begin to treat your body with the same reverence you might treat a temple, really great things will begin to happen for you. You will become more aware of what you eat and drink, you will notice how you breathe and perhaps most importantly you will develop the capacity for self-correction. How does this work? Imagine the feeling of being just a little bit thirsty. Most people these days do not know what that feels like. Sure, you know what “very thirsty” feels like, but most of us have missed the early signs that we need to stop for a moment and drink some water.
(I will not address the dehydrating properties of soda in this blog other than to say if you treat thirst with soda, you are denying your body one of its principle needs, always a bad idea, and you are doubly weakening your system with the high fructose corn syrup or sugar that is in it.)
If you miss the first signs from the body that you are thirsty, the body does exactly what it is supposed to do. It sends a stronger message. Maybe your mouth gets dry or you begin to feel a bit lethargic. As you continue to miss the body’s messages, it will continue to send louder and louder signals, until finally something happens that stops you in your tracks until you take the proper action and hydrate yourself. For some folks, migraine headaches are connected in some way to hydration levels in the body. If you have ever had the misfortune of having a migraine headache, then you know that this qualifies as something that “stops you in your tracks”. It is much better to hear the body’s warning signals first, rather than get into your version of a migraine headache.
Treating the body like a temple means being aware enough to know what it needs and what it doesn’t. Think of how your demeanor shifts if you enter a church, temple, synagogue or other holy place. Your voice lowers and you have a heightened sense of reverence and awareness. If we can develop this same attitude regarding the body, we are taking the first steps toward optimal health and toward overcoming addictions of all kinds. With awareness, it is nearly impossible for addiction to survive. So, here is my suggestion: For the next 24 hours, as an awareness exercise, have a pad with you and write down everything you eat or drink. At the end of your day, go back over the list and ask yourself, “What on this list was nourishing and strengthening to my system and what here was unnecessary or weakening?” Then, on the next day, remove one of the unnecessary items from your daily regime. Continue this awareness exercise for one month until you feel like you have a better sense of what is working and what isn’t. Without question, you will have developed awareness of everything you are actually consuming and a strange side effect will result: you will be in better alignment with the true needs of your body.
One final note: Here are some basic guidelines which help me decide what is good for me to eat and what isn’t: 1) Consume Organic Fruits and Vegetables when possible. 2) Consume Whole Grains when possible. 3) Drink lots of spring water throughout each day (even if you don’t think you are thirsty). 4) If you eat meat, try to source humanely raised, free-range and grass-fed meats wherever possible. 5) Exercise your body, sweat and laugh everyday.”
I wish this for you.
In Love and Gratitude,
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Tommy is a yoga teacher and addiction specialist. Check out his website here.