In my Mindfulness coaching I often encourage participants to set an intention at the outset. In doing this we can in effect dedicate our Meditation to benefit someone else.
The reason for doing this is that it helps us to avoid the feeling that we are being selfish. Most of us hate the thought of being selfish and that aversion can be enough to prevent us from taking just a few minutes to ourselves to fit a Meditation in.
Taking the simple step of thinking about who else could benefit from the practise can strengthen our commitment to the exercise.
This means that when distractions come along we have more commitment to stay with the exercise rather than being torn away and abandoning our session.
It really helps to focus on the greater good.
It strikes me that this principal transfers particularly well to food and our focus on eating well.
When we seek to change our diet our motivation is what makes a difference to our commitment and to whether we succeed…or not! The distraction here usually comes in the form of unhealthy options.
So have a think about your motivation in relation to your diet.
It might be to eat more fresh fruit and veg to improve your health.
It might be to reduce calories in order to reach a healthy weight.
It might be to reduce your saturated fat intake to reduce the risk of disease.
It may be to avoid a certain food group if you have an allergy and you want to reduce your symptoms.
It might be to nourish your body more effectively so that it can perform better physically.
Whatever your motivation the act of setting an intention and being clear about this before you eat can make all the difference to whether you stick with your plan or not.
So in a moment when you are not hungry and you feel calm and focussed think about your diet. What do you want to achieve?
Write your intention down. The act of committing this to paper keeps your mind focused on the goal for that period.
Pick one word to remind you of your intention.
Then copy it down on post it notes and on phone reminders.
Put the post it it notes on your fridge, on the kettle, on your kitchen cupboard doors and maybe in your purse (for hungry moments when you shop).
Set the timers on your phone for hungry times of day – mid morning? Mid afternoon? After work?
All of these will help to keep your intention at the forefront of your Mind.
Taking the time to set an intention pays off in every area of life. Rather than being swept along without having a clear purpose we then know what we are out to achieve. With a clear aim you are much more likely to succeed.
If you struggle to think clearly about your aim then book onto a Revitalise Session. The structure of a one on one session could be just what you need to set you on the right track.