Updated: Apr 14, 2022
For whatever reason it seems it is our human nature to shun change until things reach an unbearable state where we just can’t go on.
We wait for crisis, ill health, pain, frustration or sheer exhaustion before we seek an alternate path. A point where we are comfortable enough to delve into how we truly feel about our current state and the likely repercussions if we stay this way.
"Analyzing my sh*t didn’t help much. What really made a difference was flushing it away. Essentially, we have a choice: we can either carry on living with our pain patterns and strengthening them. Or we can get rid of them."
The Power of Letting Go:
How to drop everything that's holding you back by John Purkiss
It typically takes a worst case scenario for a person to support their well-being and future self. Why wait, I ask? We can stay in a state of frustration, pain or suffering. Or we can flourish in a state of flow and good health.
“A person who has HEALTH has a thousand dreams, but a person without HEALTH has only one.”
Change will require a paradigm shift while having a beginner’s mind: some may choose to stay the same and others will understand that change will entail some degree of discomfort, thwarting, inconvenience and fear. Shoshin (初心) is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning "beginner’s mind” it refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness without preconceptions when learning a subject even when studying at an advance level, just as a beginner would.
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the experts mind there are few.”
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
To have experiences that we've never had before requires a sense of openness, curiosity, adventure, trust, surrender, commitment, courage, perseverance, tenacity and vulnerability. Will you dare to be original?
He lost 130 pounds in 2010-11 and has kept it off ever since.
Tony's Shift happened early 2010 inside the change room of a Big & Tall Clothing store. He lost 130 pounds in 16 months and has successfully maintained his weight since.
He detested the reflection he saw in the mirror to the point that he removed all full-length mirrors from his home. He cringed when he was referred to as a “big guy.” His obesity caused him to be treated as a second-class citizen. Reality began to set in. Gaining “just a few pounds” every year, until he started to fear for his future.