Weight Loss MAP to Freedom

Living Mindfully

What does it mean when you are living mindfully?  Are you in a constant mindfulness meditation? No.

Being mindful means being open, receptive and non-judging about the moment you are in, the present. Accepting and observing what is actually going on in the moment gives you more complete information to help you take more effective actions and make better decisions.

When you are living your days more mindfully, you are letting into your consciousness, awareness more information from all of your senses and your intuition.  Many women today are so busy they live most of their life on autopilot, which is habits and patterns.

Ever wonder why you feel more alive, alert and stimulated while on vacation?  (more…)

Changing Course the Easier Way

Have you been avoiding changing the course of a meaningful part of  your life because it’s so darn hard to do? For as many times as you’ve been successful, there are likely more times that the old ways return seemingly stronger than ever. We’ve all been there, but there’s an easier way.

Here are 4 steps that make changing easier because when changing is filled with wonder, paying attention to your life, and finding your direction unfolding in front of you, you’ll never feel completely lost and alone in the climb up the mountain.

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What Does Mindfulness have to do with Losing Weight?

Being mindful, paradoxically, is more likely when you are dieting or on a cleanse, as you pay more attention to how your body feels and the food you are eating than when you’re not on a diet.  When dieting, you might notice you’re feeling jittery, hyped, hungry, or tired. You might notice the pre-packaged food is tasty or tasteless, salty or needs some, filling or not. You might notice how food smells more now and find you can’t eat it. You might notice how often you think to grab for a handful of something now that you are on a 3 meal a day plan. You notice the hunger.

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Honoring Those Who Serve

 

On this Memorial Day 2014, may we take a moment of silence to honor those who have served and given their life or time or body to keep us free, and say a deep felt Thank You.  May peace prevail and spread throughout the world.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” -Joseph Campbell

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Which Meditation Quiets the Brain Most?

Hello ladies. I’m writing to you on Wondering Wednesday about a study on meditation and the brain that intrigues me. Essentially they came to the conclusion that an open focused non-directive meditation causes more activity in the brain, in the thought and emotional processing area, than does concentration meditation.

Researches out of Norway using brain imaging, discovered the areas in the brain that activate when a subject was doing non-focused meditation were quite active processing thoughts and emotions. This surprised the researchers.

They expected the “work” of concentrating on a specific focus would lead to more activity in the brain, then would no focus. So they concluded that the non-focused state in the brain was the resting state or a “resting network.”

Here’s my hypothesis of what is going on here: Our brains are hardwired to (more…)

Where the Body and Mind Connect in the Brain

Most people think to start with food when they attempt to lose weight. So what’s wrong with that you ask?

In Weight Loss MAP to Freedom mentoring my clients start with something that’s related to food but is not the food. Any ideas as to where weight loss really begins?

To be successful, it begins with awareness.  Awareness of eating.  Awareness of how different foods make you feel.  Awareness of how you feel in your body or your mind before you reach for food. (more…)