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Friendly Dragon

There is another approach. Any notion of struggle, of fighting in meditation practice is counter productive. Sure, being mindful and aware in all we do - habitual behavior - including eating habits is cultivating discipline. But underlying this is confusion about 'appearances'. An antidote is recognizing the 'emptiness of appearances.':-) When you look in a mirror what you perceive is a 'reflection' a 'representation' of your body. Truth is you do not know your body:-) What you have is an IMAGE of it in your MIND. There are folk who are in reality quite thin but have an inner image of being obese = a confusion about reality. Have you ever caught a reflection of an image in a store window and do a 'double-take' as there is a delayed shock of recognition that the reflection was your own? Or going through photographs proceed to destroy several because you feel so strongly the representations are 'ugly' i.e are not in accord with the image of yourself you have 'in Mind'? The practices involved in the Six Yogas in Dzogchen deal with issues of the Illusory Body, Dream Yoga and the Emptiness of Appearances. When you sleep, and dream, do you ever SEE your body? You may notice that in dreaming, you can actually 'change form':-) And this is not limited to 'human form'. Become a shape changer - it is playful, working with mind content. It can lead in the 'waking dream' we call life, to surrender to being who you are - OK for the obese - rather than fighting fatness PLAY at identifying with elephant or whale - beings in nature who are naturally large. We can learn to be gentle - don't have to be so hard on ourselves. If there is interest, explore the literature on dream yoga and the illusory body. Enjoy.


This was such good food for thought for me. Thanks Friendly Dragon...


One practice that helps with weight control is the effort to consume all meals before mid day. I find that when I eat later in the day, or am required to eat a full meal at dinner, the meal seems to weigh heavy on me. When limiting meals to mid day, if I get hungry later, at 8 or 9 pm, I eat a bit of cheese to taper the hunger, and then sleep well, to awaken to a good breakfast and zazen.

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