I’ve heard many people say that social media is a waste of time! Well, those people certainly are missing the benefits in the variety of topics and conversations many of us see on Facebook each day!
Yes, I have to admit, many posts are drama filled, game playing, quote swiping, picture sharing, cute animal posts that catch my eye. And, in what seems like a few seconds, the Facebook time vampire can suck away thirty minutes of my life on any given day!
Yet, there’s something that continues to draw me to Facebook! Every now and again, I stumble across a post and a thread of comments that really grabs my attention and impacts my way of thinking.
Recently, I read a post that put a spin on something that I’ve felt passionate about for years. Maybe the reason this particular conversation pulled me in was due to the buzzing controversy surrounding the topic of bad choices, particularly the choices surrounding taking care of your health or actually NOT taking care of your health.
This woman felt it was selfish to neglect your body. She felt that lack of exercise, poor eating habits, excessive drinking and chain smoking lead to deteriorating health and eventually a diseased body.
She went on to say that a diseased body and deteriorating health put a burden on your family and the people who love you most! They are the ones who will have to take care of you when you can’t take care of yourself! When you have to take a handful of colorful pills, when you can’t get yourself back and forth to the doctor or when your quality of life deteriorates so badly that it negatively impacts the regular routine of your loved ones, they are the ones who ultimately pay the price for your bad choices!
At first, I agreed with the person who started the post because she had set boundaries in her own life regarding her choices and how it would affect her loved ones. She was being true to herself and her beliefs. It was brave of her to post her thoughts when she knew she would be chastised for throwing this concept out there on her page so publicly.
Indeed, she had many controversial replies, which I found very intriguing. The banter back and forth made me think of a quote that says that the life you live today is a culmination of all the choices you’ve made up to the present. Then I asked myself if it was really so black and white. Was it as simple as making cognitive responsible choices or did it go deeper?
Maybe to some degree bad choices are not entirely our fault. Compulsive eating, chain smoking and excessive drinking are nothing more than symptoms of an underlying emotional cause. Unconscious decisions to self-medicate with food, alcohol and nicotine are a way of life for many to help with stress, depression, pain, anger and fear.
As a nation, maybe we need to step back and be less judgmental when it comes to viewing people as lazy and lacking in self-discipline and control. Maybe we need to have more compassion for those who struggle to find that “better feeling place” and end up finding it with food, nicotine and alcohol.
We must also consider that many people lack a feeling of self worth. Many may feel alone and that no one truly cares and so they stop caring as well! There are also those who believe there isn’t enough time in the day to be so selfish as to put themselves first. They have so many other people to take care of that caring for themselves ends up on the bottom of the list. They see exercising, reading, meditating and any other activity that allows the body to relax and unwind from a stressful day as a luxury and not a necessity!
Another important aspect to consider is the fact that we are all on different spiritual paths. Depending on where you are on your journey determines the desire to make proper choices for your level of existence.
As we grow and start to align ourselves with our own authenticity, we begin to make better choices that feel right, ones that make us feel good and ones that are more closely aligned to our current spiritual journey. The clearer our path becomes the easier our choices. And yet, sometimes the path is not so clear!
We have to heal our soul to heal our health. It’s not as simple as what we put in our mouths or our bodies. A healthy soul must be fed daily with “soul food” meant only for you! These are the activities that make your heart sing! The activities that get you back in touch with your soul’s path. When you allow yourself to follow your path and sing your song you also allow your body to heal and stay vibrant!
If you are struggling to find your truth in life and are finding it difficult to make better choices for a healthier lifestyle, EFT or meridian tapping can be a wonderful alternative. EFT can help with soothing those jagged nerves, calming inner emotional storms and taking the painful emotional zing out of a particular situation that may be causing you to overindulge and could be holding you back in life!
For those who are familiar with tapping, I have written a tapping script that you may find useful. Remember to change the words to fit your personal situation so it resonates with you!
Start with the Karate chop point.
Karate chop point:
“Even though I don’t know how to feed my soul, I love and respect myself anyway”
“Even though I know I don’t always do the right thing for my health, I love my body anyway”
“Even though I feel guilty when I eat consume toxic things, I honor this feeling and everything it means to me”
EB: No one is going to tell me what I should or shouldn’t eat
SE: Or how selfish I am
UE: I make my own decisions
UN: Because this is MY body
CH: And I will decide what I am going to eat, smoke or drink
CB: So what if those things aren’t good for me?
UA: This affects me and only me
HD: This is MY life
WR: Mind your own business!
** Now take a deep breath or two and proceed to the second round of tapping**
EB: I get so sick of people judging me
SE: They have no idea who I am
UE: Or what I’m going through
UN: I feel better when I eat my favorite foods
CH: Who doesn’t like to eat?
CB: So what if they aren’t healthy?
UA: I feel just fine
HD: Except in the mornings
WR: And sometimes the late afternoon
** Now take a deep breath or two and proceed to the third round of tapping**
EB: Now that I think of it, my joints ache a little more than they used to
SE: And my blood pressure is getting a little high
UE: That’s a normal part of aging, right?
UN: Doesn’t everyone want to take a nap?
CH: I wish I didn’t have to
CB: I would like a little more energy
UA: Maybe I’ve been in denial too long
HD: Maybe I should open my mind to making better choices
WR: I might start feeling better
**Now take a deep breath or two and proceed to the fourth round of tapping**
EB: But I just don’t have time to eat right or exercise
SE: Fast food is so much easier
UE: And I am so tired when I get home
UN: But I wonder how I would feel if I treated my body a little better?
CH: Just one little change each week
CB: It might be easier than I think
UA: I would like to start reading again
HD: Reading has always made me relax and feel better
WR: I feel less stressed when I make time for myself
**Now take a deep breath or two and proceed to the fifth round of tapping**
EB: This idea just might work!
SE: I’m getting excited just thinking about it
UE: I might be able to get off of some of my medications if I stick with it
UN: I want to enjoy time with my family
CH: I don’t want them to worry about me
CB: They have enough of their own problems
UA: I want to take care of myself
HD: And enjoy more of what life has to offer
WR: I am ready for some soul food!
Showering you with blessings of a healthier life!
Cindy (Selvaggio) Shumaker
Soul Food by Cindy Selvaggio Shumaker EFT helps you to find your self worth. Read about it in Bellesprit Magazine goo.gl/NoKMq— BellespritMagazine (@BellespritMagaz) September 8, 2012