Self-Help Me: Eat Early, Witness Fear Often

January 23, 2013
He would prefer I ate more of these, but not microwaved, and not two hours before bedtime…






…and she would prefer I did more of this, though probably not in the middle of the street. Jeez, gurus can be so demanding.

I’m a basically happy person, but I can still use all the support, and self-helpful hints, I can get. Earlier this year I bought two books that I’m hoping will help me be a better version of myself. (That’s all I’m going for – not “fixed,” as there’s nothing wrong, not “perfect” as that’s a bit of a lofty goal, but “better,” which seems attainable.)

The first book is The One Plan by Yogi Cameron. I’ve told you about YC; guru to Ellen DeGeneres, ayurvedic therapist, yoga instructor, serene, etc. YC’s One Plan is based on yogic principles, so that’s right up my mat-lined alley. In Week One, YC talked about the yogic principles of non-harming; this translated concretely into not cursing out the guy who cut you off on the highway, and not eating too late. The first one is obvious. The second is because eating late taxes the digestive system, thereby doing harm to yourself.

YC set out the following goals: eat less meat, avoid eating two hours before bedtime, no microwaving, and no leftovers. I did fine on the first two, and so much less than fine on the second two. Can’t help it; I’d rather be writing than cooking, except when it comes to making dinner for my husband.

My second book is May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. It’s a 40-day program designed to shift your perspective from fear to optimism. Sounds good! Except for Day 1: I have to spend all day witnessing my fear. That means stepping back from it, metaphysically speaking of course, and looking at fear-based thoughts with the objectivity of, say, a yoga guru observing an author who refuses to stop microwaving her lunch of leftovers.

So far, so good: I’m surprised by how much fear directs my thinking, and I hate the way the microwave never really heats up the center of anything. Stay tuned to see if my thoughts get any deeper, or my pants get any smaller. And let me know what improvement regimes you’re following!

xx, S


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