Say no to positive thinking……

Watching SunsetRead a strong book by a strong man who teaches at Columbia Business School: Srikumar S Rao, Ph. D (Happiness at Work)  He says not to rely on positive thinking.  He says to do so is to acknowledge there is also a negative thought process at work and this causes stress.  Why?  Because we spend a lot of time and energy turning our head away from that perceived negativity, making a judgment around something that may be does not require judgement and in that way we make life a whole lot more complicated and stressful than it needs be.

He told me of a mouse, a lab mouse in a maze who smells cheese.  He runs down one alley.  It ends: no cheese.  He runs round and moves to another.  The same thing.  He runs another way and continues.  At no time does he sit on his tiny mouse butt and say: jeez, this is tough, how do I pick myself up again in the face of such adversity and find that cheese? why is life conspiring against me to make it so hard?  why do I deserve so much suffering.  I have been a good mouse all my life and I just want to taste me a bit of that cheese.

Nope, he just keeps going til he finds the cheese.

It’s kind of funny when you think of it like that.  Drop the judgments and perceived suffering we think we experience every day and life becomes a simple matter of getting on with it.  Accepting what comes my way and dealing with it in terms of practicality: so what needs to be done?

So you have a weight issue.  This is borne out by the fact that you cannot find clothes to fit, running is next to impossible and the thought of being spontaneous in any given moment with the subsequent possibility for exposure of acres of unwelcome flesh fills you with dread.

Tackle it head on.  Make a commitment and seek out change.  Drop the judgement around size and see it in terms of simple practicality: so what needs to be done.  It is your body after all.  Experiment and find something that works for you.  Small tip: think paleo…For the first time in your life it is possible to escape from the shackles of everyday food addiction and press your re-set button.  Take this opportunity to learn from those who have gone before.  The path is already made..

Inspired?  Then tell us, shout about it, make some noise, we would love to hear from you!

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About Paleo Works

Paleo Works Have you ever wondered how you arrived at “being overweight” and thought how difficult it is to get rid of and keep off those excess pounds? Hi, I’m Katie and together with Mike my husband, we are Paleo Works. As a busy working mum of four, I often watched others embark on weight loss progammes only to return to their start weight (and then some) shortly after reaching their target. Why was this happening? Conventional dietary wisdom would have us believe that it’s YOU who has failed. But Mike and I thought different. We felt that there had to be something wrong with that conventional dietary wisdom after all we can’t all be hopeless? So we studied intensely, sought out advice and read avidly. We questioned robustly and talked with many on various 'dieting' regimes. What we found was radical, our story has to be told, our knowledge has to be shared. So If you are ready to stop blaming your self for being overweight and ready to change your approach to weight loss then contact us and let’s get started!

Posted on September 23, 2011, in Ph.D, The Paleo Experience and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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