Can Meditation Help Me To Lose Weight?
by Dada Vedaprajinananda copyright, 2005
Normally when we think about some weight losing activity, we think about
burning calories or sweating off the fat. When you meditate you have to
sit very still, without making a move. Can such an activity be helpful in
losing weight? Although you won’t burn many calories during a typical
meditation session, meditation may be one of the most important practices
you will do in your effort to lose weight. Here are a few reasons why this
Weight loss is not just a physical activity. Sure, if you eat less and you
exercise more, you will lose weight. However, all of our actions begin in
our minds. If you are going to walk for forty five minutes every day, in
order to increase your daily exercise, then you first have to decide to do
it, and at the right time, you have to think and then go for your walk.
These are all mental activities.
Similarly, if you realize that junk food is only making your waistline
expand, and you want to stop eating it, you first have to make a decision
to change your eating habits and then you have to walk past and not stop
at the doughnut shop on your way to work. Again, these are mostly mental
If you are trying to lose weight you probably already “know” that you have
to exercise more, and change some of your eating habits. You “know” this
to be a fact, yet you are unable to do it. All people, whether fat or
slim, have this same dilemma. We “know” many things intellectually, but we
are not always able to put our best intentions into action.
Meditation is one of the best methods to take control of your own self.
During meditation you will learn how to make your mind stronger. A weight
lifter typically exercises certain muscles, making them stronger and
stronger. Similarly someone who meditates is exercising her “mental”
muscle by directing her mind away from the noise of the world outside
toward the calm within. Following the meditation instructions takes a bit
of effort, but that effort will be rewarded.
If anyone meditates on a daily basis, she will not only become more able
to concentrate during the meditation session but also more able to put her
good intentions into practice and make positive changes in her life.
It is not a question of mind over matter, or having to do anything that
you don’t want to do. Meditation is an activity that changes you from the
inside out. Instead of forcing yourself not to eat the doughnut in between
meals, the very desire to eat it will vanish. Instead of fighting with
yourself to go out for a walk, exercise will become something that you
enjoy doing. If you get into the practice of meditation, no one will have
to twist your arm to make you live a healthy lifestyle, it will become
your natural choice.
So, while you will not sweat off any pounds during your periods of
meditation, the daily practice of meditation could be one of the most
important parts of your effort to lose weight and live a long, healthy and
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for the past thirty five years. If you want to learn more about meditation
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