I read an article in Huffington Post written by Carolyn Gregoire that suggests the emotion of guilt can actually make you gain weight! She goes even further to state that two other ways guilt can block the good in your life is that it contributes to depression and makes you procrastinate more.
I’ve never been one to act on guilt, generally. But after I read the article, I thought about the times in my life that I have, and how it contributed to depression and negative thoughts. I don’t believe, for me, gaining weight was a factor.
Family is probably the prime contributor to guilt, especially mothers. I know too many matriarchal queens who wield the power of guilt on their very prone children. My mom sulks when she doesn’t get her way. In times of old, I would simply think: well, it would take less energy to do what she asks, then actually confront her and bitch about it.
But now when she sulks, I simply say, “Are you enjoying that sad feeling? It’s causing you stress, but it’s not changing a thing for me. If you want or need something from me, all you have to do is ask! If I can do whatever you’re asking, I will. If I can’t, I’ll simply tell you, and you’ll have to deal with it!”
This way of dealing with guilt has changed my life, I actually take my own advice. Sometimes, still, I resist the urge to do what’s right and acquiesce to her old ways.
I have another family member who loves using guilt to get her way. For as long as I can remember, this is has been her prime force of power. She uses it with her children, her siblings and her parents. Of course, I feel virtually void of her guilt, because I have parameters and boundaries that supersede this kind of control. You need this kind of power, too, if you want to exist in this world without undo guilt causing you to carry extra weight, depression, and procrastination.
Women are primary candidates for carrying guilt. A recent Spanish study in 2010 shows that women acquiesce to guilt more than men. Read the article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100125123305.htm. Why is this so?
I have many women clients who have been trapped by demanding mothers and parents who keep them practically jailed in their own homes because of shame and guilt. It takes a lifetime of manipulation to be able to engage a fully-grown adult into the kind of shame that would put a life on hold to take care of a parent and give up a job and/or relationship. Trust me, it happens frequently, though.
In these cases, most of the time, the woman has her own set of issues that help debilitate her, as well, needing to rest on her parent’s laurels for help and security. This symbiotic mess causes a reduction of the protective boundaries in my clients and a maze of codependent and co-narcissistic behavior.
If you feel you need help with this kind of issue, take it to a professional. Regaining power and the resources to overcome dependency and narcissism take time and a complete renovation on the neural impulses that cause this detrimental behavior.
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A Year to CLEAR Challenge:
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The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”
A Year to CLEAR Challenge!
The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.
My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.
As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.
The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.
The One-Year Approach to Change
No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.
Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”
In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.
Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.
Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
Step 4: A History Lesson—About You
Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
Step 7: Dream Your Fabulous Future
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