I’ve mentioned in the past that one of the tools I’ve been using to support my weight loss efforts is meditation (largely because of the linked benefits re your autonomic nervous system). For me, this is less the traditional sitting meditation and more of the assisted kind (or as I call it, meditation with training wheels).
When I first started, I listened to classical music and watched Flickr slide shows of nature. But after reading Seth Roberts’ experiments with morning face therapy, I started experimenting with viewing faces rather than nature (I’ve found the Portrait Group slide show particularly good for this).
A couple of things I’ve noticed over time. For me, I’ve found that whenever my thoughts start to drift, I lose my focus on the slides. I don’t claim to understand the neurobiology of it, but I suspect that senses take precedence for some reason, and so the act of focusing on the pics helps calm the mind.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that the pics posted in this slide show are a nice counterpoint to the culturally approved versions that we see in mass media. These are real people, not Photoshopped Barbies & Kens. And after having read about limbic resonance in the book Younger Next Year, I wonder whether looking at faces intently pings some part of the brain as well (even online).
Anyways, if you’ve got weight to lose, you’re probably aware that managing stress is an important component to successful weight loss (lots of cortisol does no one any good). You might want to experiment with meditation … or even just deep breathing. Start small (even a minute or two) and see how it goes!
Photo credit: Wayne Miller