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What are you running from? - Issue #48
December 10, 2013
Being overly busy can be a distraction from looking at the deeper issues in our lives.
Many of us live our lives in overdrive. We are booked and overscheduled from the time we wake-up to the time we go to bed. We have little or no time for leisure activities or self-reflection. When we do have time for ourselves, instead of engaging in self-care activities, we zone out in front of the TV with our favorite foods. Often, this serves the deeper purpose of avoiding looking at ourselves and the state of our lives.
When we are alone, a nagging voice may surface expressing dissatisfaction at the way we are living our lives. We may hear a voice pulling us in another direction, telling us to leave a relationship, or to find another career, and we may not be ready to act on that information. Or we may be overwhelmed at the emptiness of our lives. We may use food to stuff down this awareness. It works to numb and distance us from the uncomfortable truths in our lives.
Many people spend years taking care of others and one day they find the nest empty, the career over, maybe even the spouse gone, and they are left alone with themselves. This empty void can be viewed as a time of exploration and reinvention or a time of feeling useless and being no longer needed. Many of us feel we are what we do, and when that ends, we are left wondering who we are.
Learning to have a relationship with ourselves takes time but it’s the most well spent time there is. If we’re not playing a starring role in our own lives then we are MIA (missing in action). That means we are cast adrift and not anchored in a stable sense of self. This leaves us vulnerable to needing external substances like food to ground and anchor us.
To leave overeating behind, we need to be willing to face ourselves, learn what our truths and real needs are, and begin to live those truths and meet those needs out in the real world. That’s what being authentic means. It means living from a place of centeredness and integrity.
One of the best ways to begin an authentic dialogue with ourselves is to journal every day. Even 5 -10 minutes a day of writing out our thoughts and feelings can bring clarity, self-knowledge and a feeling of being more calm and in control of ourselves and the direction of our lives.
Do I stay continually busy because I’m afraid to face myself? Am I avoiding looking at certain areas of my life?
Today, I am ready to pay attention to myself. I trust that my inner voice will lead me in the direction I need to go. I will heed its wisdom.
Feast for the Eyes - Sunset - Photograph by Catherine L. Taylor
I am worth my own attention.
I am learning to trust my inner guidance system.
I listen to the still, small voice within for the guidance I need.
I am the expert on me.
I must ask myself the questions and then listen for the answers.
I face myself and my fears so that I may move forward in my life.
Is emotional eating keeping you from losing weight and living the life you want? Are you ready to get off the diet rollercoaster and master your weight and your life?
If so, you may be a candidate for coaching. Coaching can make the difference between success and failure.
I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing, developing a spiritual or meditation practice, and learning to set appropriate limits and goals.
This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.
The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!®
I coach and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating recovery, creative self expression, spiritual direction, mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self esteem and body image issues.
Note: My work is spiritually focused, not religious, and fits with any belief system you may have, even agnostic. My work assumes that you have all the wisdom and answers you need inside of you.
What you call this place -- God, intuition, Higher Power, inner wisdom, or true self -- is up to you. I am simply a guide bringing you back to the truths that are already inside of you.
I hope you have enjoyed my newsletter. Drop me a line and let me know how you are doing. I love to hear what's working for you and read about your success stories.
Catherine L. Taylor
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