My Bariatric Life Living Life After Weight-Loss Surgery: MBSR is a Tool to Make You Feel More Alive
As we usher in Autumn and bid farewell to the flurry of Summer activities, we turn introspectively toward ourselves and the year‘s end. It is a time when we typically make a commitment to a project or reforming of an old habit, often a lifestyle change.
Let's take a moment to reflect... are we joyful in our lives? Were we on "auto-pilot" during the Summer always going, thinking, doing? Do we find ourselves ruminating past resentments or regrets? Are we stuck in a rut of repetitive behaviors saying, "How did I let this happen again?" Looking forward into the holiday season, are we tensed by financial, stability, and other concerns? If so, now's the perfect time to press the reset button!
As you are living life after weight-loss surgery, you may want to learn a way of being fully in your new life, recognizing the richness and possibility within daily routines, times of difficulty and pain, and times of joy and ease. Using the time-tested practice of mindfulness, rooted in an ancient meditation tradition, enhances your ability to tap into your wisdom and internal resources in difficult times, cope with stress, pain, and illness, and perhaps most importantly enables you to fully wake up to the pleasures in your life.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) uses intentional, present-moment awareness to help us experience whatever is happening in our life as it unfolds with curiosity, non-judging attention and compassion for ourselves and others. Engaging with our life in this manner helps us to become more skillful and creative in our responses, while gaining insight into how to free ourselves from habitual patterns of reacting such as anxiously anticipating the future, chronically focusing on the past, or just going through the motions of living, missing what is actually occurring right now.
This kind of awareness frees us to be absolutely at ease no matter where we are, who we're with, or what the circumstance -- the power to be in action effectively, with greater balance and peace of mind, in those areas that are important to us. It is a simple practice that will make you feel more alive.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was featured in Bill Moyers' PBS special "Healing and the Mind," on NBC's Dateline, on ABC's Evening News and Chronicle programs, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has been taught around the world.
Right here, right now, let's resolve to develop a healthy body, a clear mind, and a joyful spirit so that we may live our lives fully after weight-loss surgery.
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You can read about my decision to have weight loss surgery back in 2003 and my journey to maintain a lifetime of obesity disease management since that time. My wish is to help you on your own journey of lifetime obesity disease management with shareposts along the way to help you navigate that journey successfully.