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Do you ever feel uncomfortable in your own body? Do you ever feel like a foreigner in your own skin? Do you ever think, "If I just lost 5 (or 10 or 50) pounds, all of this discomfort would go away."? The other day, I caught myself in this exact situation. I had gained a few pounds for whatever reason and I felt really uncomfortable. My first thought was, "Make it go away!". But then I took a step back and asked myself, "What is this really about?" Oftentimes, I mistake weight gain as the cause of my discomfort, when it's actually a symptom of my discomfort. When I figure out the real cause of the discomfort and attend to that, the weight typically drops back off.
I find myself experiencing these little fluctuations here and there and I always have to pull myself back from my first response, which is "Must lose weight!". Instead of engaging in unhelpful dieting behavior or punishing exercise, what I really need to do is attend to the mental or emotional discomfort that is present for me at that particular time, the thing that created the symptom of weight gain. Most recently the discomfort was related to financial stress. Once I attended to that issue and the emotions surrounding it, my body fell back into its natural rhythm and comfortable weight.
For most of us, it's oftentimes much more complicated than a temporary situational discomfort like financial stress. Typically, there are a number of discomforts that we're facing simultaneously, some of which we can't even identify. And that's why it's so important to be with yourself, to be with your body, as it is right now, and to take a moment to close your eyes, to feel yourself breathing, and to ask, "What is the real discomfort here? What needs attending to?"
Many folks are experiencing a great deal of nonspecific discomfort right now due to the uncertainty of our collective situation in regards to the pandemic, and this can lead to a variety of symptoms, one of which may be weight gain. As always, the starting point I offer is, "Find the ground. Find your breath." That will drop you into the present, into your body, into a place where you can tap into your inherent wisdom and listen for some guidance. What is covering your light? What is inhibiting you from expressing your love? What is limiting your soul from manifesting its true desires?
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