Category: Diet and Food

Why You Can’t Lose Weight—It’s Right Under Your Nose?

A prestigious business in search of a new CFO tapered its candidates down to two persons of interest. Still undecided, the owner of the business took the candidates out to dinner at a lovely restaurant. Both candidates dressed appropriately. Each asked the perfect questions, creating wonderful and thoughtful conversations. Each of the candidates were compassionate and also passionate about life and the company’s core values. The owner was betwixt as to which one he should hire, that is, until the main course arrived.

One candidate waited until the host picked up his fork to begin eating. She tasted the food. Delighted that the chef had seasoned the dish perfectly, she continued to eat.

The other candidate also waited for the host to pick up his fork, but before this candidate tasted her food, she salted it.

In that moment the owner decided to hit the candidate that tasted the food before she had salted the food.

I remember this story from when I first began interviewing for jobs at 20 years old, fresh out of college. I can’t ever remember being wined and dined to get a job position, but I always understood the concept that you must first test or try what you are doing, before you make a judgment. (cont. below)

(Below is a hypnosis meditation designed to help release anything, including weight.)

 

With that being said, I have been one who consistently salted my food, usually after I tasted it. I never seemed to get enough salt. In fact, as a chef understanding the need for proper seasoning, spice, and herbs, I always insisted that I had to have a certain amount of salt in my food to taste the spice.

By 50 I was having heart problems, even though I am a health fanatic. I chalked it up to all of my family having heart conditions. Doctors asked if I ate too much salt, but I never considered my usage of salt to be on overkill. That is, I never considered my salt intake until I got married to a man who doesn’t salt his food at all, and who would consistently look at me like I had killed my food ever time I put salt on it (even though, most of the time I was the one who seasoned the food we were eating).

After much discussion about it, I decided I would go salt free for a month and see what happens. Everything tasted completely bland and flavorless to me. It was as if I was just eating for sustenance and nothing else. Interestingly enough, though, four great things happened in that difficult month:

  1. I ate about half the food I normally eat;
  2. I lost weight;
  3. my arthritic condition lessened considerably; and
  4. I was able to wean off of 3/4 of my heart medication.

All of this came from limiting salt intake.

After the first month, I decided that I would add a bit of salt back into my diet. I chose pink Himalayan salt and kosher rock salt with Iodine for the two types of salt I would use. Also, I added Bragg’s liquid aminos, coconut aminos, and some low sodium soy sauce or tamari to some of my food, especially of the Asian variety.

I initially noticed that the amount of salt I needed was minimal to none. I had truly gotten used to tasting the true taste of food and spice. However, I would get a very good idea of the amount of salt that I stopped when I would go out to dinner. I consistently would get bloated and often would eat way too much.

I’ve always have known that sugars are addictive, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that for me, salt was way more addictive. I can understand now why I could sit down to watch television and eat and entire bowl of potato chips, popcorn, or any other salty food. Eating salt, just makes you want to eat more salt.

One other thing I noticed on this endeavor was that I should never eat any food when I am:

  1. watching television;
  2. working;
  3. sitting at my computer; or
  4. doing anything that requires my full attention.

I hope this helps you.

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CREATING A LIFE WORTH LIVING SERIES, by Bo Sebastian #6

Simple Steps to Meditation

Find a secure and comfortable place in which you can relax every part of your body. Objectively, lying prone is not recommended. It easily induces sleep. A recliner is my favorite place for meditation, especially the electric recliners that can place you in a position of comfort and keep you there when your body shifts position.

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My days of sitting in the lotus position, holding my back erect for an hour or more are over. After twenty-five years of studying and practicing meditation, I do not feel that mastering meditation takes twisting your knees in a position that feels as if they will break.

Even more nouveau riche than my sage predecessors, I use a cell phone application called Insight Timer. I set the cell phone for the total amount of time I want to meditate. For example: one hour.

The Insight Timer allows me to create an interval bell for every few minutes. I program the bell to ring three times every five minutes.

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You can regulate the volume of the interval bells, so that you do not have to worry about the bell disturbing your meditation. Set it loud enough to keep you aware, but not too loud to frighten you.

The goal of the interval bell is to keep your conscious mind awake, without waking your physical body. Keeping the body asleep and the mind awake is the direct path to enter into the observer mind or the awakened mind, which is where all creative thought abides.

In this place you can learn to reach out from the finite and use your God-given creative energy to change the mainframe of your mind. You can recreate a world that has power, truth, prosperity, love, and voluminous amounts of joy.

You can also use this observer mind to set in motion new ideas from your thoughts and dreams, like seeds being planted into the earth. (I will introduce this theory, in depth, as we learn to use Creative Thought, moving forward) .

Once you have all of your meditation space set up and your Insight Timer ready, begin your meditation.

 

Set an Intention

Before you begin to relax your body, set a divine intention. Some examples of intentions are listed below. (Notice that all intentions are written or spoken in the present tense.) You can write your own intentions, once you understand the concept. Below are a few examples:

  • As Wisdom, I am already directed to truth in this meditation;
  • Spirit God is all wholeness, strength, and abundance. I recognize all of these attributes in myself now;
  • Divine Mind works inevitably through me to will and to do that which I am thankful to contribute to the world through my talents; and
  • All of my negative feelings show me my human fears, so that I can resolve my disbelief and walk toward oneness with God.

Going Deeper into Meditation

After you speak your initial intention aloud, make sure that you have a shorter, more concise version of that same intention to repeat to yourself when the interval bell rings on the Insight Timer. Repeat the shorter version, internally, without speaking aloud, as not to awaken your body.

As, your thoughts wander during the first and second interval bells, you may want to have this shorter affirmation memorized to repeat to yourself when the bells ring.

Some examples of shorter affirmations are below:

  • I am successful and prosperous now.
  • Divine love draws together and holds together those who belong together.
  • I am one with all attributes of God.
  • I am a mirror of the Divine now.

This is one very simple and effective way to meditate. Everything in this meditation is completely mapped out. You really cannot do this incorrectly.

 

Using Meditation to Answer Questions

Another option for meditation is to take an issue or a problem and ask yourself these questions, before you get quiet and meditate:

  • How do I feel when I consider what just happened to me?
  • Do I believe that I should try to let go of this feeling?
  • Could a delicate gift exist in the recognition and reparation of this feeling or problem?

Progressive Relaxation

As you move deeper into your meditation, relax your body. Feel as if your skin is melting into the chair! This may take five minutes, about the same time you have set for the first interval bell.

When you hear the first bell, stop controlling your body and your breath completely. Sit or lie as still as you are able to and wait for your body to breathe on its own volition. As you do so, you automatically begin entry into the observer mind.

Release from controlling your legs, arms, feet, hands, and even your eyelids. Begin to let each part of your body feel disconnected from your brain. As you do this, you move deeper into the observer side of the brain, which is the pathway to the Divine, Infinite Mind.

Once there, your intention is to sit in the silence between between your breaths, waiting for answers, insights, and a metaphoric download of spiritual wisdom.

The Subconscious Speaks in Pictures

The brain speaks in pictures, not in words. You will find it easier to create a dynamic picture of what you want to manifest during these silent moments between the breath.

So, if you want to settle your mind on a beautiful scene of the beach, or imagine yourself painting a picture, singing a song in the shower, taking a walk in a forest—any of these images will keep your human brain quiet, during the space between the interval bells.

A Simple Trick: Keeping the human brain from talking to you is no easy feat. One way to keep your brain from chattering is to imagine that everything that you hear in your brain gently becomes an image, as if you are watching yourself or your thoughts on a movie screen.

So, you may hear yourself think, “I have to get to the grocery store tomorrow to buy milk!” Instead of focusing in on the whys and hows of that chore, simply imagine standing inside of a store. Create the clearest image of buying milk at the grocery store, as if your dream were on a movie screen in your mind.

The idea, here, is to take what is the actual human thinking process—the words themselves—and move them to the dreaming side of the brain by substituting images for words.

Seeing anything manifest as a picture from a thought uses the observer mind. So, you automatically move back into meditation, simply by taking the words in your brain and changing them to pictures.

Meditation is the ability to release your thinking from the body, by slowly letting go of the control of every instinctive movement, even breathing. Your body lets go of your finite brain and releases into the Infinite Mind in these moments.

Guided Meditation or Self-Hypnosis

Many people use guided meditations narrated by adept yogis or masters of hypnosis to help move toward a meditative place. If you decide to begin with a recorded, guided meditation to start your work, I would recommend using the same set up as I have described above. Even use the Insight Timer, because most beginners will fall asleep during a guided meditation.

Just remember, if you choose to begin with a prerecorded, guided meditation, this is just one way of meditating. You may want to experience the other kinds of meditation that change your mind and life through creating your own dreams.

 

Awakening

In the moments just as your mind regains consciousness is the time when you may receive important insights. You may get clear pictures of what you need to do as the next step toward changing your current story. During this time before awakening—just before the last bell chimes on your Insight Timer, you will have the most clarity in mind and thought.

 

Visions

You, also, may see a vision or imagine an idea during, or after, a meditation. Visions simply manifest as dreams while you are awake enough to experience and remember them. These dreams, sometimes, will be pertinent, and, sometimes, do not appear to have any basis in reality.

However, just because you do not understand what you saw in a dream, does not mean that you will not, someday, know why you saw that particular vision.

So, write down in a journal what is pertinent to you when you awaken from a clear dream. Journalling is an auspicious way to reflect on intentions that you have set. Then, you may gain perspective on those effects with the aid of discernment and possibly from the help of someone more adept in the practice of interpreting dreams.

 

Synchronicity

Sometimes, after a meditation you may be led to go somewhere that you do not usually go. You may have a thought about someone you need to call. You may get a desire to eat a certain kind of food, which would lead you to a different grocery store or restaurant than you would normally attend.

You may find, as you move through your day listening to the voice of your inclinations, that you are in the middle of what spiritual people call a Synchronistic Event. This is when Spirit seems to create an auspicious experience where two or more people’s energies collide at the same time, giving way to insight and paradox.

Continue with me in this series or go back to the beginning on this blog. You can also go to my books on Amazon, BoSebastian.com, my vegan blog or my YouTube Channel for meditations and further instruction.

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NEW SERIES by Bo Sebastian: CREATING A LIFE WORTH LIVING

Your Story is an amalgam of all that you believe and feel about yourself—right now. This same story expresses in every daily decision, in what you desire to become, and in whom you presently attract to your life.

The good news is:

  • You are the writer and director of Your Life’s Story;
  • You can carefully choose the plot;
  • At anytime, you may rewrite your story to become a more positive and prosperous one;
  • You can change your atmosphere and surroundings; and
  • Rearrange, add, or delete any of the characters.

 

As you take control of your life, Your New Story will be equal to or greater than any amazing future you could have ever imagined! This series is going to show you how to accomplish this change.

A Personal New Beginning

I decided to take a huge leap of faith and move my entire life and business to southern Florida to be nearer to my family and start over in so many—much needed ways. During this time of transition, I sat quietly more than I had in my entire life, asking for guidance.

I dreamed and created in my mind, sometimes spontaneously, and other times with fear, looking at new possibilities for the future. Daily, I would create thoughts that soon would grow in my body as powerful emotions, which drove me forward to my new future.

I wanted to be sure, though, that as I dreamed, I would set a path clear of old behavior patterns—and even clearer of past relationships that had no longer served me. To this end, I took specific steps, spiritually, mentally, and physically to dissolve all of the negative patterns—including the fear that I had often carried with me into my dreams.

As this series unfolds, I will share these same ideas that I have used to promote effective change in my life. As the principles I used are unchangeable, immutable Spiritual Laws, I know with certainty that these instructions will help you, as they guided me, to keep the page turning to your new life.

This means, no more rewriting… rereading… and recapitulating the PAST. From this moment—right here and right now—Your New Story begins!

God Tools

God or First Cause created the entire manifest universe on the foundation of Pure Love, in Divine Order, and by means of the Perfect Law of Creation. If you always start with the foundation of Love to grow any dream in your life, you will begin by mirroring God, the Creator of All.

What better example could we use to create good in our lives, than from the Creator?

A blueprint of your future is a perfect first step toward change. But, that blueprint will find its way to manifestation quicker if it is already supported by and built with the loving thoughts inspired by God and based on Divine Principles. Why is this so?

You can easily plant the seeds of your future. But, you cannot go into the soil and grow anything without Divine Love in action.

Learning how to do your part in this creative process is paramount in your success to creating a new and powerful life.

Your thinking brain plays a very important role in getting you to your goal. But it must play the subordinate role to the Laws that God created from the beginning of time. Learning the Foundational Principles of Divine Love will help you begin to create with the matter and in the form by which the Creator intended.

The Nature of Change

Webster says that change means: to make or transform completely. Change is not often something that happens spontaneously. Think about the journey of the caterpillar. It crawls on its belly for a long while, skirmishing about in the dirt, before it ever climbs a tree and spins its cocoon. Whenever it moves into silence, the transformation begins.

God, through the science of nature, metabolically changes and rearranges every cell of the caterpillar to become a flying creature. We know that this entire journey is instinctual in an insect.

The metaphor for humans to transform, however, takes a decision to change and also requires willingness. We must use the same self-thinking brain that God gave humans to say YES to the transformation process.

The only part of the process of your metamorphosis that is yours to do is to provide the willingness to climb the tree of change and spin the web of your dreams into God Consciousness.

It is with your willingness that you allow Spirit to begin this miraculous change in you, through you, and AS YOU.

The miracle of change begins in the moment you choose to stop spinning your web and rest in the truth that what you have planted WILL CERTAINLY GROW IN DUE TIME. It is then that Creator God manifests the incredible power of metamorphosis.

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A very large, green, speckled caterpillar climbed up behind the gutter of my house and spun a huge web. I watched it for a long while as its cocoon appeared to weather with the seasons.

After many weeks, I arrived home from teaching a yoga class on a spiritual high. The butterfly had eaten its way out of the cocoon. The fledgling, winged creature was almost as large as a hummingbird. It crawled up the side of the house and began to spread its beautiful, ornate wings. I had never seen a butterfly so large and exotic in my entire life. I felt privileged just to be a witness to such an event.

The butterfly fluttered its wings a few times, but seemed to be afraid to take off. I put my finger out. It hopped onto my hand without hesitation. I gazed down at it with wonder and delight, walking to my front yard. I talked to it as if it were a small child, “Come on! You can do it. Try to fly!”

The butterfly flapped and flapped its ornate, silken wings and jumped a bit. Then, I said, “Ready?” and I whisked it up, toward a tree branch.

Instead of landing on the branch, though, it simply flew away, higher than most birds. I never saw it again. I never saw a butterfly as beautiful as that again, even in butterfly sanctuaries all over the world.

I discovered, later, that my amazing butterfly was not a butterfly at all. It was a gorgeous, rare species of a moth. This moth represents you—wonderful and unique YOU—ultimately, ready to fly!

Personal Challenges

Facing your present challenges is the first key to moving forward with a new life. Change can feel uncomfortable and peculiar. Facing negativity may feel physically challenging. As you adopt change, what comes up in your mind may even express painful and scary thoughts. But ultimately, you will find that change happens more rapidly in response to the amount of your own willingness to accept EXACTLY what is in front of you—right now.

Change must organically come from the core of your own being. For instance, when you want to lose weight, you must have a great reason or you will succumb to the many ways you can cheat on a diet.

Personally, I tried four different diets, before I ever discovered what it would take for me to lose weight. My old story was that I had always been skinny. People would make fun of me and tell me to gain weight. As I look back at old pictures of myself from a young age, I do appear emaciated from the age of fifteen to thirty.

After age thirty, though, extra weight snuck up on me. One day at the gym, at thirty-two, I took a fat-content test. I remember the day as if it were yesterday. The woman who administered the test took a metal gismo that looked similar to pliers and squeezed a piece of skin from my back.

I had no idea I had developed fatback. I immediately went home and noticed that I had developed small, but ample, love handles. I was mortified! My God, I thought, how in the world did this happen? I have always been skinny.

As the age of fifty began to creep up on me, weight loss became even more difficult. I would eat perfectly until the evening, then I would use every excuse in the world to eat anything that was not listed on my diet. My excuse was always from the diary of my old story:

“Well, I am a skinny person. I could use a little more weight! I would even look better and healthier.”

These were the same words I had heard my entire young life. I used them to inhibit my own diet, every night. Suddenly, my fat content was in the upper twenties.

To change, I had to face my personal challenges and rewrite the story of healthy living for me at my current age. My affirmation became:

Healthy living and balance brings my body to perfect health!

As you can see, my affirmation contains only positive words and is phrased in the present. To get rid of old challenges, you cannot simply erase them. You must replace them with positive thoughts. Affirmations are a great help on this step forward.

Change Requires an Open Mind

When the world was in its toddler phase, nomads dragged around their belongings in the dessert. I am certain, that one day, someone discovered that by taking some logs and placing them underneath her belongings, carrying heavy loads became a great deal easier. Eventually, someone thought of making the logs into a wheel. Most modern day manufacturing resulted from this one invention—the wheel.

Can you imagine when the first person decided to carve a log into a wheel—what her sisters, brothers, and friends said? I am sure she heard people mutter, “What on earth are you doing, Girlfriend? Can you not see that pulling our belongings around is better than any new way you could think up?”

Most people resist change until it becomes common place. Can you remember the first time you heard about Facebook?

 

I remember I got twenty e-mail invites before I decided to even check out Facebook. Now, instead of saying, “Hey, e-mail me that.” I say, “Just Facebook me.”

I show my 84-year-old mother things on my computer and, also, talk to Siri on my iPhone while she is nearby. Daily, my mother is filled with surprise and disbelief as augmented and virtual reality rapidly changes our lives. I asked her one day, “When you were a child, did you ever imagine you could ask your telephone to send a message to someone across the world?”

She shook her head. “Not in a million years did I think that.” And my mother was a forward thinker.

 

Change is not something that just happens. Change is an organic movement forward, an openness to new ideas and new thought. Just as Spirit continually moves forward to create more and more universes, beyond our own, so must you flow with Divine Change.

To be connected with Spirit, you must understand the concepts of change; otherwise, you will be left behind.

Change is inevitable. Change is in everything you see, everything you do, and is in everything you can imagine. The only thing you cannot change is change itself.

THIS SERIES WILL CONTINUE EVERY DAY. I WILL PUBLISH IT AT 10 AM EVERY MORNING FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND LET THEM KNOW IT IS A SERIES THAT WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES AS IT WILL YOURS.

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Your Friend,

Bo

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