On Facebook recently I was asked a question about how I had lost weight and improved my health. I posted a lengthy reply to that comment and thought I would reproduce it here as a blog post so my blog viewers can benefit too.
Here’s the reply in detail …
There’s a bit of a story behind it but there’s an important point to it at the end – eg. why it has lasted. Interestingly, it began with William Whitecloud MW course. One of my “choices” (goals) was to have a pure, high vibration body. Another was to to embody a state of consciousness where I can be love and spread love in the world. It was a case of “be careful what you wish for” as along the path, I developed food insensitivities where any low vibration food affected my health. So – I removed wheat, dairy, sugar and anything processed from my diet and drank a lot of water. All these thing clog our connection to source.
I also do yoga and detox every three months.
Through this process my spiritual growth went through the roof and I’m a completely different person to what I was when I was at MW.
Now here’s the point to the story ….
Had my goal simply to be to lose weight, it wouldn’t have worked long term as I have yo-yoéd in the past. Had it been to simply improve my health or fix a health challenge, that may or may not have worked long term for me. But – because the state of my body is inextricably linked to my mission in life and because my mission is so much bigger than simply being about me (it’s easier to be easy on ourselves when the mission is just about ourselves), it is just a part of who I am now. My health regime is by no means perfect but I’m working towards it – it’s a journey.
Simple things can make a big improvement and people don’t need to go all out from the start. It can be a gradual process. Even the act of drinking double the amount of water in a day helps.
I learnt about whole foods from Don Tolman and Don’s son @Tyler Tolman and Rachelle Starr runs events around Australia. So – eat natural food YES but also make sure you link in your weight/health goals to other really important values in your life (whether it’s family, kids, career etc). When it becomes so much more than just being about your own health or your own weight eg. better health or more energy that helps you [insert the blank], I find there’s a lot more discipline there. Hope that helps, Kirsty. 🙂
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We all know that it’s great to give to others. That when we give to others we give to ourselves. That when we give we also receive.
Why is it then that some very generous and very heart-felt people give and give and give and feel they get nothing back in return?
There are many light workers or spiritually focused people who are committed to making the world a better place and they often give generously of their time, their advice and their hearts, and at the same time their bank balances run dry, their own health suffers, and their own worlds falling apart in the process.
The common advice is that you need to give to yourself first, start loving yourself more and be good at “receiving”. The interesting thing is often when people heed this advice, they go in the opposite direction. They become self-centred and selfish. They do give to themselves first and in the process stop giving to others.
Somewhere along the line people realise that the key is to do both. Some then take the view of “I’ll give to others on the condition that I receive something in return.”
“I’ll shower you with love/gifts/generosity but I am doing it because I want you to recognise me or give me validation or give me something else in return.”
We’ve all done it at some point. This kind of giving doesn’t come from the heart. Nor does it create abundance. Instead, it sets us up for failure.
To be blunt, it’s manipulation. And when we consider that “like attracts like” what we attract is people who want to manipulate us.
Here’s another self-defeating outcome that this kind of giving attracts…
When we give expecting to receive a certain reward in return we often do receive a reward but it doesn’t come in teh precise form that we expect to receive it in so we don’t recognise it as a “gift”.
So what’s the answer?
Give to others ahead of yourself?
Give to yourself first then give to others?
Give to others anticipating that you’ll receive something back?
The answer is none of the above and all of the above.
When we truly give just for the sake of it, because we love helping others, the act of giving makes us feel good, (regardless of whether or not the recipient appreciates the gift) and that is our reward. It fills us with gratitude and we grow as people.
The key is also in developing the ability to receive. When we do that, we give to others just for the joy of giving, knowing that we’ll be looked after. The hidden agendas goes out the window and as soon as that hidden agenda leaves, the abundance flows naturally.
Here’s an excerpt from Acres of Diamonds which was a famous lecture delivered by Russell Conwell of Temple University. It’s an oldie but a goodie and there’s a very powerful message in there. It will take a few minutes to read so why not print it off and read it over a cup of coffee.
WHEN going down the Tigris and Euphrates rivers many years ago with a party of English travelers I found myself under the direction of an old Arab guide whom we hired up at Bagdad, and I have often thought how that guide resembled our barbers in certain mental
He thought that it was not only his duty to guide us down those rivers, and do what he was paid for doing, but also to entertain us with stories curious and weird, ancient and modern, strange and familiar. Many of them I have forgotten, and I am glad I have, but there is one I shall never forget. (more…)