Monday, August 16, 2010
The Magic Of Self Monitoring
I have recently read about research that has shown the simple act of keeping a food journal alone will cause a person to lose weight. Shining attention on something is a great magic wand. In another example we can look to Benjamin Franklin. He is said to have carried cards with him that he would read from time to time to remind himself of the virtues or good character traits he was trying to develop in himself. A lot of good things have been said about journaling but I always thought it was to explore one's spiritual and/or emotional development. I guess if you manage to loose weight your healthier body will be host to a healthier more spiritual mind. How should you self monitor? You can tally, you can tell friends, you can keep a log, you can get things written down by a professional, or you can interpret your gains creatively. What ever you do must be right for you. Just know that awareness is a magic wand. Let yourself be aware of how you are progressing, what you need to do to keep this progress going, and whether the actions you are taking are working or not. Hook into the magic around you to help you gain this needed self awareness. May the spark be with you.