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Spiritual Connection to Weight Loss: One of the first things that I’m doing to lose weight and get healthy is studying A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson. (When you click on the book title, it links to HolisticSeniors Shop. If you make a purchase of any Amazon product, I will receive up to a 10% referral fee.) This course will help make the body-mind-and spirit connections to stimulate healing from obesity. The course helps to find the initial cause of weight problems, namely emotional and psychological factors. The course teaches that no matter how hard we diet and exercise, we will slip back into our old ways if we don’t look at the problem through a spiritual lens as well. It is through spiritual connection can we can stay the course.
Spiritual Connection Lost
In 2014 I slipped back into my old ways and regained the weight I’d lost. It’s a relief to find out that I no longer have to keep trying to fight this battle alone and that I can surrender the struggle to my higher power. It has gone on long enough. The course is once again reminding me of something I already know through personal experience: there is a power within me that is stronger than any individual battle I have. It’s able to heal me when I don’t have the strength to do it on my own. As I surrender, I am tapping into the higher power that exists within all of us. I learned this in the late 1970s and early1980s, I used it to free my inner world from mania, depression, hallucinations and voices. It took eight years but I did heal, changing my life forever. During this time, I continued seeing my doctor and taking medication, but the combination of body, mind, and spiritual connections saw me through it all. I have been completely recovered since 1985, no longer taking any medication or seeing a doctor.
My Weight Problem
My weight problem can be just as destructive as my mental health diagnosis when I was younger. Weight gain or obesity has everything to do with creating high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and other lifestyle illnesses. It never occurred to me to apply the power within to my physical health and weight issues. Through this course, I realized that I can use the same inner wisdom to make my body strong and healthy. If I stick with my studies and apply them diligently, everything can be reversed no matter the results of my previous lifestyle and the choices I made. I believe a spiritual connection can make this happen.
Relearning Spiritual Connection
I am relearning another important spiritual lesson and that is to be kind to myself, to love and accept all of myself. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, I continuously relapsed. With the help of my own inner power, I picked myself up each time and continued in the hope of healing. Faith, hope, and love are the most powerful principles we have to overcome our problems, and of these, love is the strongest. In the book, Marianne Williamson says that we will fall short at times, and when we do, it’s important to be kind to ourselves so that we can keep going. Studying this course will give me access to spiritual connection again.
A Course in Weight Loss states “The cause of your excess weight is fear, which is a place in your mind where love is blocked.” As Marianne Williamson also states in the book, “The purpose of this course is to route out your fear, and to replace it with an inestimable love.”
As I continue the curriculum I will report in future posts on my progress and its effect on my weight. I learned in the past, that when I am disconnected from my spirit, I am not empowered to solve my problems. The solution or miracle of healing is my spiritual connection with love and with me. My Higher Power can do for me through love what I have been unable to do on my own. Spiritual connection to weight loss is the power I need to lose weight and become healthy.