As children we learn by observing our parents and siblings. We learn by experience like the all too typical lesson of touching a hot stove. The lessons continue throughout our lives. Hopefully we get smarter so we recognize patterns and save ourselves the trouble of touching everything with fire or heat.***
Why is it that we don’t learn when it comes to our weight and fitness? Yo-yo dieting is a perfect example of how we NEVER learn. There is a continuous cycle of:
Pretend for a moment that you know nothing about diet and exercise. Then imagine you are a child and start to observe the people and things around you. Nature is the best place to start. Observation means to watch. Never form judgments. See how life functions and lives. Nothing is forced, birds don’t need help to take flight, they just fly. There’s an innate intelligence in them which tells them how to use their wings and get airborne.
That same innate intelligence is within you. I found it best to watch my dogs. They eat what is offered, and they’re satisfied. They love with an unconditional, no limits kind of love. They sleep and relax with no effort. Fun is easy to find because everything is an adventure. They have an inner peace that I want to have in my life. In short, this is present moment awareness. Mindfulness. Be the Dog!
*** I’m not leaving out all the other lessons I have learned, but I am making a point here. Don’t complicate this by over thinking it. Simple, lessons.