Monday, March 24, 2014

The Weight of the Matter


“The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective.”
                                                                                              -Al Neuharth

March is with us and upon us with all of its ups and downs. It is a roller coaster time of the year with temperatures rising and falling, with rain and snow, with opportunities to go out and get our gardens ready, and times to sit and stay cozy in our homes. It is also a time when we begin to think about the warm weather to come, and begin to desire to shed the extra pounds we might have gained in the cold of the winter.

We begin to become concerned with our weight. In my work, I listen to all kinds of ways we express our selves through the language of words, our bodies, the way we dress, the way we talk, and how we present our selves. I listen to the word, “weight”, with the many meanings it can represent. Some of us struggle with weight throughout the year; not just during moments of stress and times of cold. In these cases, “weight” has many meanings for us. Those that struggle with extra pounds, and I don’t mean just 5 or 10 pounds, carry the meanings in an outward way as expressed in their bodies.  

Sometimes it is important to carry our weight. There are folks who look like they are wasting away, or who carry their weight like a feather; easy to be blown over. As with everything, balance is important. When I work with people through body presencing with weight issues I approach the subject multi-dimensionally. I look at how they carry their weight, I listen to their words, I find out some ancestral history and how it pertains to them, I have them fill out a couple of questionnaires which help to determine how their body best digests food, and I look to see, through muscle testing and vials, what foods they might be sensitive to.

Testing for food sensitivities and for their best metabolic pathways is the easy part. I accomplish this through a questionnaire and through muscle testing. For some folks, just eliminating food sensitivities is enough to help them to lose extra pounds. Then supporting their bodies with supplements such as amino acids, chromium to help with sugar handling, zinc piccolinate to help the stomach lining, aloe and bromelain and probiotics to help with inflammation and digestion are supplements I frequently use. Helping the body deal with inflammation is important in addressing the body’s issues in carrying extra weight.

Once these are addressed, the more difficult part, and I think the most intriguing part needs to be looked at. I find that even when a person knows what is best for them; it is difficult for them to follow the protocol. This gets into the silent and unconscious belief systems they carry, unresolved conflicts with family members past and present that affect them, patterns of eating they have learned from their parents from the womb, how they and their parents and siblings deal with stress and conflict, as well as a strong pull to do things like their family and to carry the pain of the family that they may experience, and more.

Whew, that is a lot to carry. As you can see there are many dynamics which affect our “weight”. Combing out the most appropriate ones for each individual and helping shed light on them, to be with their feelings as they eat differently from their families, and learn to love themselves as they are comprise much of our work in this dimension.

An added bonus as the theory of genetics and epigenetics is being scientifically proven, is helping them to see how they may unconsciously be holding their mother’s pain, their country’s pain, generations of family members who struggle with carrying extra weight, and helping them to walk away or let it go as they can then move forward carrying their own weight. In other words, helping them to see their own self and their own light and purpose separate from yet always connected to their families.
  
Recommended Resources:

I realize as I write this blog that many of you might not be familiar with epigenetics. In a very short statement, it is about how the brain works when a trauma has occurred. After a traumatic situation, there is a change that occurs in the outer lining of the DNA where a process of methylation occurs that changes how we respond to certain situations.

Instead of being able to cope and flow with change or anger, for example, we become agitated easily. It is like PTSD carried over generations. And, with a change of belief and understanding, that methylation can be undone. There is an article in Discover magazine, May, 2013 which talks about this in great detail. I recommend reading this article.

Another recommendation is the book, Biology of Belief, by Bruce Lipton. He is able to speak to the lay person about how, by changing one’s beliefs, one can change one’s biology.

I hope you enjoy these recommendations, and if you have any insights or recommendations of your own, I would love to hear from you. We can change and carry less weight and live happier, healthier and more vital lives!