It’s crazy isn’t it?
You have the best intentions to cut out sugar.
Then you are walking along, and you smell something delicious. You spy a new bakery, right next to your favorite bookstore.
And what’s that in the window? Cheesecake. With fresh strawberries on top.
You suddenly feel like you aren’t in control of your feet and hands. Is that your hand on the doorhandle? Are those your feet walking into the shop?
It’s actually normal. Your body goes on autopilot at the promise of a scrumptious reward like cheesecake.
What can you do to stop this crazy reaction?
Slow yourself down. Activate your pause-and-plan reflex.
Stop and breathe deeply.
Feel the touch of the breath on your nostrils. Feel your body and what’s happening. Don’t suppress the thoughts of cheesecake, but also don’t jump on the train. Let it pass by and watch.
Remember that you are your master. And you decide what is best for your long term goals.
Build Your Superpowers With Your Breath
When you can do this, you’ll withdraw from those sensory temptations.
As promised in last week’s post, here is a link to your audio file with instructions for three simple breathing practices.
These practices take about ten minutes, with an optional two minute meditation.
Practice notes: Try to breathe through your nose at all times. Have a heavy flat object like a book nearby. You’ll be laying down for the first part and sitting for the remainder. Enjoy!