Universal Expression

Akee Tree at our Retreat Center in Hawaii
Akee Tree at our Retreat Center in Hawaii
The personal body and mind appear to be an individual expression, but it’s really a dynamic expression of universal consciousness.
To place responsibility, blame or merit on an individual, is to put faith in a make believe entity – which is a set up for problems, challenges and suffering.
All Joy is in recognition of the one true identity. But to so recognize, one must be willing to give up the self that appears to be important for creating comfort and well being in the world.

Intuitive Eating

I enjoy my food and drink to the fullest, which makes it incredibly healthy and nutritious for my body. Unless I’m concerned about what the mind thinks I *should* or *should not* eat, my body’s intuitive wisdom leads me to enjoy whatever it requires to support vibrant health.

Here’s an article by Ben Hirshberg that does a great job describing what intuitive eating means and gives a summary of some studies done on the subject.

(NaturalNews) Intuitive Eating is a way of consuming food and drink that gets in touch with our body’s natural abilities and instincts. The concept is quite simple: intuitive eaters listen to their body and eat when hungry, drink when thirsty, and eat and drink what their body is telling them it needs.

Do intuitive eaters binge on junk food?

Many people hear this concept and are immediately up in arms. The common objection to Intuitive Eating is that many people crave junk food, and if they listened to their bodies then they would just cram in the candy, chips, and soda.

Fortunately, Intuitive Eating has been researched quite a bit, and the literature shows that binge eating is actually significantly reduced when people practice Intuitive Eating. In one study, a group of women diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder attended eight 90-minute weekly intuitive eating sessions. After the eight sessions were over, over 80 percent of the study participants no longer met the diagnostic criteria for the disorder! In fact, Intuitive Eating is inversely associated with other eating disorders as well, and appears to promote a healthy relationship with food.

Intuitive Eating and the Pleasure Principle

The reason for this seems to be that our body is naturally capable of regulating what we eat and drink. If we eat something that is bad for us, our body will probably not like how the unhealthy food makes us feel, and that dislike will carry over and dissuade us from wanting to eat that same food in the future. This concept, called the Pleasure Principle, was coined by Charles Einstein who hypothesizes that if we just focus on eating things that give us pleasure, we’ll naturally gravitate towards foods that make us feel good in the long-term. The catch is that this can only happen if we don’t interfere psychologically. If we tell ourselves that we can’t eat certain foods, or that we need to eat certain foods, then we are interfering with our body’s natural ability to operate under the Pleasure Principle.

More Intuitive Eating benefits

Intuitive Eating has more benefits than just creating a healthy relationship with food. It has been repeatedly associated with a lower body mass index, likely due to intuitive eaters listening to their satiety signals. Intuitive Eating is also associated with a more positive mood and greater life satisfaction. This could be because intuitive eaters don’t worry about the food they put in their mouths, and are more likely to choose a meal that satiates their true hunger.

Though many discount Intuitive Eating upon first glance, the concept is actually backed up by quite a bit of research. You may want to give Intuitive Eating a try yourself to see if it promotes a positive relationship with food, a greater connection to your satiety signals, and improves your mental outlook.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.intuitiveeating.com/content/studies

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24035461

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23063606

http://www.mindfuleatinghk.com/resources/research-articles

About the author:
Ben Hirshberg is a 21 year old student, author, and entrepreneur who studies the art of living well. Born and bred in Seattle, WA, Ben likes to read, cook, run, travel, and throw convivial parties. Ben has PFT, FNS, and YES certifications through WITS and NASM and is in the process of becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and achieving board certification in Holistic Nutrition by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. He also writes regular columns for Paleo Magazine and is hoping to release several books in 2014.

Faith and Trust

Faith is Belief in that which is Unseen. Trust is the Action of Faith in the moment at hand.

You reap what you sow, and so if you have Faith in thoughts that are fearful, your action will come out of Fear – because Fear is what you Trust in the Moment. Likewise, if you have Faith that you are a holy Child of Love, your Action will come from Love – because Love is what you Trust in the moment at hand.

Seek Heaven First in your Heart, dear Child, and lean not to the fearful understandings of the Confused Mind.

Kids and Respect – Part 2

Respect. It’s what parents think they want from their kids.

 

So, one might ask, “how do I get respect from my kids without demanding it”? But even that is nothing more than an attempt to gain a survival skill in a world built upon made-up constructs. You are so much more powerful than that!

 

In a sense, it’s true that what you “give” you are always going to “get” back, but to the confused mind takes this to mean You give love, you get love – You give money, you get a product – You give labor, you get a paycheck.

 

In reality everything is arising from out of the collective consciousness. In this way, you are really only “giving” a vibrational frequency that matches your mental state, and you are really only “getting” the mathematical equivalent of every mental state that has already been broadcast from your point of view.

 

Notice that in expecting a child to show respect, the adult is already coming from a point of view that’s lacking respect, and within this blind expectation there’s not even a question as to why respect appears to be missing in the first place.

 

Because this expectation largely goes unquestioned, children are being used to act out the “adult” idea of respect,while the feeling of disrespect grows in intensity for everyone involved. Until there’s a demand for recognition of what’s really going on, this unconscious charade will continue to make discomfort and suffering for the human experience.

 

So, if disrespect or fear of disrespect is showing up in your experience, remember that it has nothing to do with another person. Of course, the mind will say that you need to get respect or you could be ruined, but what the mind isn’t seeing is that the outer world is only a reflection of what’s inside, and that it’s way easier to let the projection lighten up than to wrestle with the reflection.

 

Who are you to feel disrespected? Question every thought about respect and what that means to who you think you are. If you’re willing to experience whatever is arising, you will be made aware of what believing unreality feels like. And once that happens, the idea of needing respect will be irrelevant for you.

Kids and Respect – Part 1

As soon as a child is able to exercise natural free will, they are trained by parents, family members, teachers and even random people to “show” respect–to whomever. On the surface that seems innocent, even just, however peeling away the layers of “respect” will reveal its service to the dis-ease of humanity.

 

Specifically, children are trained to automatically respect their parents, respect their elders, respect their teachers, and even respect their toys. The truth behind this automatic respect building is that it is self-serving.

 

The common adult mind thinks it needs to teach children how to act respectful, and so it teaches children how to display the kind of behavior that makes an adult feel respected. But this has nothing to do with being respectful.

 

True respectfulness is the automatic expression emanated from a person who holds no disrespect; it’s not an act that’s turned on to please other people. Since most adult minds hold disrespect for their self, children are often used to cover that up with an act of respect for the adults.

 

These children are in turn being taught to be adults that pretend to need respect from other people, and this insanity goes on because people are largely unwilling to recognize the ways in which they follow thought that disrespects their own self.

 

They are not willing to see that children, other people and even the self are not capable of reflecting any behavior that’s not projected by their own state of mind. This unwillingness is secured by fear of death, which is what can happen to a separate person in a world where that person is not respected.

 

But such a person does not exist except in thought. You are not that person, or any person for that matter. You are the one who decides whether to give attention to thoughts that disrespect your self or not. So, you’re invited let the keiki (kids) be as they are and look at what’s really going on.

Creativity is Not a Discipline

Disciplined behavior is an example of the mind trying to do God’s job.

It can only make the kind of results that come out of self importance – which inevitably require greater and greater effort and control to uphold.

But learning and growth happen effortlessly when it’s seen that behavior is an indivisible aspect of the lesson that’s arising now.

In that space of allowing, behavior is experienced without argument, and the individual being blossoms. Let it be!