Thus comes my yoga into play. Pratyahara....What? Hari hari chrishna?! Pratyahara is one of the limbs of the eight limbs of yoga (depends on which type of yoga you practice).
Pratyahara means withdrawal of the senses. Hmmmm. How does that work? So here I have these shiny dark chocolates almonds staring at me on the counter top where I purposely leave them for easy access. What!? Shouldn't I hide them away....so I won't be tempted?! NO. I intentionally want to see that temptation. So that I can ask myself what my choice is ...to fulfill my intention to eat one or two or to succumb to the senses that create temptation and eat more. ...And we all know that slippery slope.
Pratyahara is more than the discipline of saying no. Because it comes from a deeper aspiration, a calling from my higher self, where I always know that I have choice. I want to act on the choice that best serves me, for long term gratification and satisfaction instead of immediate gratification.
My higher self doesn't really care if I'm five pounds more or less, but it does care about the damage that too much sugar can do, so for my health I choose to eat one or two and savor them.
So now I ask you...what is your favorite food? What are the circumstances that you are most drawn to it. Now here's your challenge ...keep it there in front of you, embrace it "psychically', without eating it. Plan when, where, how much you will have and set an intention from your higher self, giving yourself all the reasons that you will have that particularly special food, and how much you will have. Keep this challenge going for as long as you can, it gets easier with practice. If you fall off, get back on and try it again! Each time one more meal, one more day, or one more minute, one more hour. I want to know how it goes....so keep in touch and let me know!