Part of the Emotionally Focussed Eating program involves the practice of meditation. Meditation is about taking the time to quiet the mind. The idea of meditative practice is actually to clear the brain. By clearing the brain you relax your body and attain a state of peacefulness and connectedness. Meditation takes practice, it is about paying attention to your breathing and also paying attention to your thoughts, even the most practiced meditators have thoughts come into their mind, it’s about noticing those thoughts and then pushing them away.
The practice of meditation develops your ability to make what is unconscious conscious in order to effectively interrupt cues. It is about connecting with the feeling states underlying the emotional need to eat and to work on silencing that inner voice that might be constantly judging you or desperate for you to get back to your unhealthy way of being. Meditation increases the production of serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin helps regulate your mood, increasing the feeling of happiness, while dopamine effects your ability to focus and feel pleasure. Proper breathing is critical to your health and wellness. By breathing, you are supplying your body with oxygen and ridding your body of waste and toxins. Breathe in the good air, blow out the bad air. So when you practice breathing exercises you are effectively oxygenating your body, reducing stress, calming your mood, and allowing yourself to feel more energized.
It is good to place your hand on your belly in order to connect your ability to breathe deeply which is a relaxed breathing state, as opposed to breathing into your chest, which is a shallow breathing state, connected with feeling states such as fight or flight. When you meditate you balance your bodies systems, this is important because it is the combination of your mind, thoughts, and beliefs that directly effect your body which in turn influences what, when, where, why, and how much you chose to eat. Coincidentally, the food that you put into your body effects your mind, your thoughts, and beliefs as well as how you feel.
So it is good to think about the fact that when you are eating you are actually feeding your body for lasting health. Once you are able to recognize and change your limiting beliefs related to eating, it is much easier to recognize other limiting beliefs that hold you back in other areas of your life. Part of the meditation process is to reconnect with your body, because sometimes, especially with the experience of trauma, it is a lot easier to disconnect your head from your body, in essence to becoming a talking head. Part of the meditation process is also about visualizing yourself being healthy and fit as a future focus for when you come across the emotions in the future that have caused you so much trouble from your past.
Once you are able to gain control of your poor eating habits and reconnect with your body you will be able to holistically feel emotionally healthier, happier, and more stable.
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