Saturday, April 18, 2009

Compassionate Awareness

If you are following this blog because you want to make some positive changes in your life, you have come to the right place.  Today I will share the first and most important step to successful behavior change.  Are you ready?   Drum roll please.......

It’s compassionate awareness.  Were you expecting something more flashy?  

Here’s the deal: you cannot change what you do not fully acknowledge.  A lot of people come to me because they want to eat better, lose weight, or have less stress.  When I ask some basic questions, a problem becomes apparent.  They are not fully aware of all they eat, why they eat, and what they do to manage their stress.  I highly recommend you monitor the behavior you want to change (writing it down is usually best.)  It is important to do so in a non-judgmental way.  Judgement usually leads to guilt which often leads to more of the behavior you want to change.  Don’t even try to make changes at first.  Just be aware of them.  I think you will be amazed at what happens next.  

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