For all my adult life, I’ve struggled with my weight; it’s been a constant roller coaster of ups and downs. Over the past few years the trend has been that my weight is consistently going up (in large part because of hormonal changes). In fact it has come to the point where I need to go out and buy new clothes every year because last year’s don’t fit anymore. That may sound like fun to some, but it really isn’t when you outgrow even your favorite clothes.
Not that I didn’t try to lose the weight: I hiked, signed up for the gym, got a trainer, found workout buddies, went on gluten and sugar free diets, fasted – the works! I would make some progress in the first weeks and then the results would start plateauing, despite continuing the routines as before. Most of the time, I would injure myself while working out (even with the hired oversight of a trainer) and would have to stop. I never got past a few weeks and would end up completely frustrated.
Recently, I’ve been reminded of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work with ice crystals. For those unfamiliar with his work, let me just recap here for a moment. Emoto studied the impact of our thoughts on water. For this he studied samples of water before and after he thought specific thoughts in the presence of water. He then froze the water and observed the change under the microscope. When he thought positive thoughts, the ice crystals were beautiful. However, when he thought negative thoughts, the ice crystals became deformed. He tested this over and over and, as a result, he has shown that our thoughts can affect the energy of water.
Emoto named the concept Hado. His site hadousa.com explains, “Hado is the intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level in all matter, the smallest unit of energy. Its basis is the energy of human consciousness.” And this energy, focused in a positive or negative way, affects outcomes.
So since our body is made up of a large percentage of water, what does this say about the state of our body and how we can influence it? We can either give it positive or negative thoughts, right?
When I think about how I’ve addressed my weight loss so far, it has always been as the result of a state of resistance to what my current reality is regarding my weight. I would grow to hate it and therefore, decided to fight it.
So why do most people fail in their attempts to lose weight long-term? Pehaps it’s because our thoughts about our physical body and the process we choose to evolve it with are often negative. And as we know from Law of Attraction, when we focus on something in a negative way, we only get more of that.
However, if we are FIRST able to transform our thoughts to positive ones about our body– thoughts of acceptance and love for the body we currently have – then we change the energy within us.
This can feel very challenging to many of us, as we have built up so much resistance against our bodies. In a world flooded by media that tells us that a size zero is the only way to be acceptable, I barely know anyone who feels at peace with her/his body.
This is where our work with affirmations comes in. If we have held ourselves in a negative vibration about our body for years, it’s hard to believe “I am beautiful. I feel wonderful in my body,” from the get-go.
However, repetitive statements about our body that are positive train us to be able to envision a body that feels good, healthy and strong. This allows us to slowly get to a point of acceptance of where we are now.
And this, in turn, will change our ability to succeed, as we work to build a beautiful and healthy body. After all, what most of us truly desire is to optimize the beauty and health of a body we love and already enjoy. So now my affirmations are for loving the body I have rather than for getting rid of something hated.
In doing this for a while now, I’ve noticed that my body feels better, I have less cravings and I chose healthy foods most of the time. I’ve decided not to stand on the scale for a while as this only reinforces my thoughts of resistance. And best of all, I’m letting go of needing to be any other size than I am.
How do you feel about this topic? Please share your thoughts and experiences below.
To learn more about Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work, please visit: http://www.hadousa.com/index.html