When I had bariatric surgery nearly 8 years ago, I really wasn’t prepared for the path that was before me. Of course I knew there would be many learning experiences and days of wonder, but I had no idea for the lessons life was getting ready to put before me.
One of the things I can look back and realize (yes hindsite is 20/20) is that my obesity was just the outcome of many years of negative programming and negative choices. Have you ever noticed when you go into a place where everyone is really down and negative you walk away feeling a “heavy” feeling? Over time this manifests physically and the number on my scale had grown to 385 pounds.
Now, let me be honest for minute when I say…even though I was working as a nurse when I had my gastric bypass surgery, I neglected to look at the entire picture. I had this fantasy that I would have surgery and wake suddenly knowing how to eat healthy and in proportion and my life would be automatically transformed. It took a lot more work than I had assumed.
For several years after my gastric bypass I was very quick to judge myself or talk to myself negatively for any mistake.. one bite of the wrong food and I would point the finger to my mirror and think “failure”…. The pounds were melting away and my heart was getting heavier and heavier.
A series of events opened my eyes, and my heart to a deeper understanding of who I am, and what I am about. It’s been a process, but isn’t that what life is all about?
Did you ever wonder what detoxing your life and your thoughts of negativity would do for you? Purging negative thoughts, negative people, negative energies and negative programming can release pounds of toxic worry, grief, saddness and even anger.
I once attended a support group for bariatric patients where the speaker spoke about it taking 21 days to create a habit, good or bad, and she went on to say 28 days would only strengthen that habit and make it a stronger trait. If we look at habits as programming, and we have spent much of our time living out negative programing, well can’t we all dedicate 28 days of our lives to creating new positive thinking to replace our old negative stinking programming? Can’t we spend 28 days to a new positive and better future?
Week One: Cleansing the Past!
*Begin by cleansing your kitchen space. Detox your cabinets, fridge, and pantry of old outdated foods, or processed and sugar laiden foods that no longer serve your purpose of conscious healthy living. If you have foods that are unopened from stocking up during the BOGO sales, make a donation to your local food bank. But take the time and effort to rid your space of the foods that led you to obesity.
*Release yourself of old anger, fears, grudges and resentments that you have been carrying around and are now ready to let go by writing them down on a clean sheet of paper. Hold that paper up to the light, you can visualize the light of God shining upon the paper or even hold it into the Sunlight that God provides to us. Then feel your body release as you tear the paper into tiny pieces. You can even take it one more step and burn the pieces and watch the words transfom into smoke and disappear from your life. This takes very little time from your day but its symbolic and allows you to visualize “transformation” making it reality.
*Now integrate the transformation into your life and recognize that your outer world is a reflection of your innerworld. All the negative thoughts and emotions that were filling the “picture” of your life and think of them as puzzle “pieces” now removed and creating a space for new fresh and positive pieces to complete life’s puzzle. Release at 100 “pieces” of clutter from your past that are now taking up space in your home, car, office and life. Old clutter carries old negative energy and feelings. Release.
Week Two: The Present
Having let go and released the things from your past that have held you back and depleted your vitality and life force, stop and stand still in the present moment and take some deep cleansing breaths. Feel your feet firmly on the ground visualizing yourself as a tree rooting into the abundent Earth and your branches extending to the heavens. You are strong like the oak tree that bends with the wind, but doesn’t break during lifes storms. Take an honest look at yourself and where you are today and WHO you are today. View this with your heart of compassion rather than from the mind of judgement.
This week let’s focus on:
*Begin an ongoing present-moment awareness practice. Set an hourly alarm on your cell phone or computer. Each time the alarm sounds it will remind you to ground yourself and become aware of your body your feelings your thoughts and your surroundings. Breathe.
*Challenge your old stinking thinking and negative programming by challenging it. Surround yourself in love and light and take a measured risk of doing something different. Something you have always imagined but not had the nerve to do until now. Do something different, new and challenging each day.
Week two is spent listening to your inner most being, your soul is calling you to expereince life.
Week Three: The Future
In this phase start looking ahead and think about who you are, how do you want to conduct yourself from this day foward. See yourself with dignity and living a life of integrity. And be that person.
*Chose a sacred life value such as love, abundance, compassion, grace or integrity and surround yourself with positive thoughts, images, smells, affirmations and images that invoke this value in you. Identify and act on choices and that all you to express that value in a positive way.
*Spend time each morning, afternoon, evening and night checking in with your higher power, your natural inner divine GPS. Remember you and God hold your compass. Direct yourself toward the light and positive choices. If you make a wrong turn it is not the end of the world, or the end of your life. Its just time to readjust your sails and listen to where your inner voice wants you to go next.
Week Four: The Recovery
This is the final week of your consiously cleanse. Direct this time to reflect and be in gratitude for the life experiences and courage to sort through the rubble finding both treasures and trash. For having the ability to know the difference and stength to sort them out accordingly.
*Take time to live, love and laugh. Embrace each moment and allow your soul to laugh and experience the freedom of being.
*Nourish your body with fresh healthy natural foods, fresh clean water and vitamins and nutrients. Nourish your mind with plenty of rest balanced with adequate stimulation. Nourish your soul with kindness and compassion and nourish your spirit with love.
Experience the joy of reconnecting with your highest self, you will experience more love, compassion and contentment as you step into your life purpose and the brilliance of the light of your heart. Take this opportunity to till the soil of your life and consciously plant the seeds of a whole new future.
The future is so bright you will have to wear shades, and a some sunscreen.