I can suppose it’s a rare thing indeed for someone to be craving-free all the time; rare, and perhaps even inhuman, especially if you’re a woman.
In her post Food Cravings: What Causes Them & 5 Ways to Stop Them, Kris Carr takes a look at the science behind cravings, and then offers hope and help to manage them.
One of her “5 ways”: Meditation. Does that surprise you? It doesn’t me, although perhaps that’s because I just completed a college course yesterday titled The Psychology of Addiction. Looking at addictions from a holistic psychological perspective, it stands to reason that meditation would be right up there as an effective treatment.
You’ve heard of the game 20 Questions, haven’t you? It’s been around for the better part of two centuries, anyway. In this instance, your knowledge of the game doesn’t matter. In this instance, it’s just you, your mind and heart, and the questions.
- Am I a standout or a stand-in?
- Do I let the opinions of others sway me from my truth?
- Which is more important to me: peace or drama?
- What stops me from being the best version of me?
- Am I being accountable for my own actions?
- Is my heart open or closed?
- What dream can I prioritize, right now?
- How can I take better care of myself?
- When and/or with whom in my life am I holding back?
- Am I comparing myself to others and finding myself lacking? (Why?)
- Is there a relationship I’m clinging to that’s no longer healthy for me?
- What have I left unsaid that needs saying?
- If I embraced change, how would that change my life outlook?
- When’s the last time I practiced self-compassion?
- How can I bring playfulness into my life?
- Have I forgiven myself for everything?
- What piece of the past am I still holding on to? (Can I let it go?)
- Am I pushing myself harder than I would anyone else? (Why?)
- If I knew I would die tomorrow, what one thing would I do today to create a positive legacy?
- Who do I need to tell I love them? (What about yourself?)
Charlie Chaplin was a master of mindfulness as well as a master of film. Who knew?
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first, I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today, I know it is love of oneself. ~Charles Chaplin
21. What can you free yourself of today, in the name of love?