5. Wisdom

Chapter 5. Introduction to Body Wisdom

The art and skill of listening to the body is an important part of The Wisdom Diet approach, and of health in general.

We actually run an entire Body Wisdom Campaign, based on listening to the body, and the approach is also introduced, as it originally was, in the Strength for Life programme, however, in this chapter of The Wisdom Diet, we introduce the concept, and explain how it’s understanding and application benefits us, with specific regard to weight management.

Listening to the body is about paying attention to what is going on with you physically, and even mentally and emotionally.  We may, for example, pay attention to our breathing, our digestion, our posture, muscles, joints, sleep-wake cycle, energy levels, hunger, thirst, and so on.  The benefit of doing this is that it helps us to make better decisions for health and vitality – better body-respecting decisions.  Responding to the body’s needs is the cornerstone of good health.

“This approach is something which I have also taken up on, and have also since created the Body Wisdom Campaign to encourage others generally to take up the practice as a new culture and way of life… and I invite you to do the same here now.” – James Blacker, taken from The Wisdom Diet

No Limits on this Ability

The ability to listen to the body is one that has no upper limits to it’s successful application.

In theory, you could get to know what is going on in each of your trillions of cells, and each and every single thought and belief, so that is the theoretical upper limit, but in a practical sense it is an ever-developing ability that can be increased day to day.  The more experience you have of it, the better you get at responding to your body’s needs, and the more accurately and efficiently you can do it.  This always leads to ever-better decisions and decision making.  In terms of weight management, this can be absolutely priceless, and particularly even more so when combined with a similar awareness of eating-inducing emotions and their motivations.

“After a while of developing the culture of listening to my body I have actually refined this to ‘am I hungry for a particular thing; protein? oils? calories for fuel? nutrients for health/vibrancy – or to get rid of the potential makings of a cold? water-rich foods such as salad to make me feel fresher, or aid elimination?’ and so on. You may be quite amazed at where your new ‘listening to your body’ approach may have taken you in three to four years time…” – James Blacker, taken from The Wisdom Diet

Separating The Distinct Needs of Body and Mind

Awareness of emotions and thoughts leads to the understanding that the needs of the mind are not the needs of the body.

As is explained in this chapter, this is critical to understand, because if a need for food is in the mind it can never be satisfied by eating.

As will be explained, and as is explained in many of my wisdom teachings, this taming of the mind and integration of it is at the heart of all wisdom.  There is no getting away from this, but once we understand this and get our approach to this right, this is where the gains that don’t require denial or forced exercise are to be made, so we will make sure that we have a full undertanding of the area that will allow us to take control of ourselves, and our lives – and waistlines.

“…the mastery of separating true self from conditioned self is entirely relevant here with our approach to dieting. Why? Because, as Don Miguel points out, the mind can survive on fear. What do you think will happen to your waistline if you allow yourself to eat out of fear?!” – James Blacker, taken from The Wisdom Diet

You will find many approaches and references to the taming of the mind, which is often talked about in terms of ‘Ego’ in a spiritual sense, both within my other works and resources, and those of my colleagues throughout the Whole Life Whole World team.  All of our wisdoms are essentially based on the understandings of the same few spiritual and life truths.  …and ’spiritual’ in this sense simply means that part of us that is aware of our minds, thoughts and desires - nothing more ‘mystical’ than that.

“When I realised that it was impossible to write a diet without at least some basic application of enlightenment (liberating the state of mind), that’s when I decided that I must write The Wisdom Diet, or people would never be able to find their way out of the maze of weight dissatisfaction and/or obesity in any great numbers without great turbulence.” – James Blacker, taken from The Wisdom Diet

A Range of Further Techniques and Insights

Finally, in this chapter, we also look at ‘inviting the mind to work for us’, ‘addressing the appropriate problem’, ‘Intuitive Eating’, a further, additional leverage technique that I call ‘3’s, 7’s & 21’s experiences’, and how increased self-awareness can make ‘comfort eating’ very uncomfortable – which is very helpful indeed if we wish to stop doing it!

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

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

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