One of the surprising things about losing weight- I have lost 40 pounds since last September- has been looking at the emotional weight and baggage I have been carrying around. When you start to lose weight you gain confidence and look at yourself differently. You are empowered.
I am not a spiritual person but I think we are interconnected to everything by our molecules and atoms and energy, this is about as spiritual as I get 🙂
I have been looking at different ways of thinking and feeling better about myself. One popular fad or trend is “The Sedona Method“. I have been seeing it talked about on other blogs and forums.
It is very similar to “The Secret made popular on Oprah Winfrey show and many think it is THE key to happiness and well-being.
The Sedona Method is described and taught in the book, “Happy For No Reason” .
Here is an excerpt:
In Borneo, the natives have an ingenious technique for capturing the wild monkeys that raid their crops and stores of food. They take an empty coconut shell and make a small hole in it, just large enough for a monkey’s hand. They put some rice into the coconut for bait and tie the coconut down to the ground. The thieving monkey, smelling the food, comes to investigate. He sticks his hand inside the coconut to grab the rice, but when he tries to pull his hand out, because it’s clasped in a fist around the rice, it won’t fit through the hole anymore. To escape, the monkey must let go of the rice. Because they won’t let go, the monkeys of Borneo remain trapped!
A lot of us are like those monkeys: trapped by our negative thoughts because we just won’t let go of them. And the more we resist them, the more they stick around. It doesn’t help to try pushing them away—they’ll just keep coming back.
Another way to address our troubling thoughts is to go beyond our minds and connect with the feelings associated with the negative thoughts. It’s the feeling that keeps the thought glued to the mind. When we welcome the feeling, accept it and then let it go, the thought will quite miraculously dissolve. An effective way to do this is through a simple, yet powerful, technique called the Sedona Method.
The concept of the Sedona Method, briefly put is accepting and even welcoming negative thoughts and feeling and then letting them go. Constantly trying to void and battle them leads to unpleasantness and stress- welcoming and letting go leads to happiness.
This idea is similar to one I have tried to follow and related more to fear. Fear can be the root of almost our anxiety- fear of what may happen, fear of what is happened, how we feel, etc. “Honouring” the fear and accepting it rather than running away can only lead to more fears and more anxiety.
I doubt that one book or one concept can change your whole life- but part of being alive is constantly looking to make yourself a better person- and ideas and books like this may be a stepping stone on part of that journey.