The Relationship between Andrew Cohen’s ‘Face everything, avoid nothing’ and Your Ideal Weight

One of the most famous tenets of spiritual teaching is also a key element in weight management and being one’s most desirable weight.  I’ll explain.

Andrew Cohen’s teaching of ‘Face everything, avoid nothing’, which can be read as part of his Model of Evolutionary Enlightenment, is the premise that we face up to every truth that there is to face up to in our lives, to anything that is in our consciousness in any way, and hide from nothing.

Whilst this may require some Wisdom Coaching, which Whole Life Whole World provides, to know how to be able to confidently approach this, and some personal Practice, with such things as developing the habit of emotional mastery to embed the understanding as a fully achieved lifestyle habit of thought, also supported by the Whole Life Whole World movement by design, it is, though, a personal ability or capacity which makes the achievement of one’s ideal weight possible.

Where there is avoidance, there is often stagnation, both mentally and/or physically.  We cannot always do the right things or take the right actions in our day to day lives because we are not always looking at all the factors that inform our decisions.  We are effectively hiding from ourselves to some extent; hiding from our truest, best and most authentic self.  This is understandable.  But it is always a factor – for everyone, and the opportunity is there.

If we are avoiding something, we are certain to be living life in a way that is less than fully true to ourselves, which may lead to boredom eating, reduced passionate, active expression in life, or even eating foods that don’t support the level of vitality that our true self would otherwise wish to create in order to use it living life to the fullest.  We may simply be lying to ourselves about the fact that we actually wish to be doing something else.

“The relationship between optimum weight management, facing everything and embracing and engaging one’s own personal potential is a central one.”

The relationship between optimum weight management, facing everything and embracing and engaging one’s own personal potential is a central one.

We may eat without needing to, or for the wrong reasons, because we don’t quite have the conviction to do what we really want to be doing in that moment, or to be where we really want to be.  Where the certainty of a ‘Face everything, avoid nothing’ psychology supports the pursuit of right action, avoidance creates inefficiency.  An inefficient life, even psychologically, is unlikely to be a lean life – in every sense.

Avoidance may result in a more sedentary lifestyle, but that lifestyle won’t really have come about through conscious choice, but really out of social or self-sense fear.  The lifestyle we really want, were it not for our fears, our avoidances, might actually be quite different.

In short, when we are true to ourselves and face everything that there is to be faced, in our thoughts and our emotions, we are efficient with our time and energy and our life’s decisions and activities.  This supports a lean body because we are never boredom eating.

“Boredom is almost always a secondary experience caused by avoiding truths.”

Boredom is almost always a secondary experience caused by avoiding truths.

Maintaining The Wisdom Diet Principles

Yet again, in keeping with the Wisdom Diet approach, this is a positive opportunity for getting the most out of one’s approach to weight management that has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with denying ourselves things, or forcing ourselves to do things more than we naturally want to.  What we are doing is creating the healthy mental, emotional and psychological environment for our natural self to live through.

James BlackerAnd yes, this may indeed require practice.  But that’s okay.  That is what our Practice Homepage and our coaching resources are here to help with.

Life is the way it is.  We simply work with whatever approach is necessary.  If we need to engage in wisdom coaching and personal practice to actualise our true and authentic best self, well then we can do that.

Best wishes ’til next time.

James Blacker

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