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Monday, 17 August 2020 11:11

Make a Joyful Choice Revisited

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In a previous blog I talked about making joyful choices. In this blog I am suggesting we can practice being good to ourselves, so I thought we should revisit that topic. Before, I described an exercise our choir director has us do where we feel the energy in our bodies before we sing the words. While it’s hard to describe that exercise in words, the idea of sensing our choices in our body is how we practice choosing joy. Feel it in your body. Hear it in your mind. Sense it within you and then duplicate those feelings, thoughts and sensations when choosing.

One way to do this is to write down two things you like to do and two things you don’t like to do. Take a moment to get quiet and think about the first thing you like to do. What sensations do you feel in your body? Do you relax, do you smile, do you feel warm? These are only suggestions. You should notice your own body feedback when you think of what you like to do. Now, think about the first thing you don’t like to do. What sensations do you feel in your body? Do you tense up, does your stomach churn, do you feel cold? Again, your body will send its own signals to you.

The point is not to turn around the thing we don’t like to do into something we like, but rather to feel our body’s sensations when we choose to do something we like. Pay attention to the feedback from all parts of your body: stomach, head, eyes, feet, etc. Then practice noticing those feelings whenever you have to make a choice. The idea is to make more and more choices that evoke those pleasant feelings and sensations in your body. After a while, it will become second nature to make joyful choices. And the more joyful choices we make, the happier we are!

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Betty Brink

Betty Brink is an expert on the mental and emotional aspects of dieting and body image. She is the author of "The Main Meal: The New Perspective on Weight Loss." In seminars, speeches, and consultations, she demonstrates practical methods to quiet the diet chatter, and to empower yourself to make conscious choices in diet, in life, and in relationships.

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