My Enlightened Delights


To enjoy good health,
to bring true happiness to one’s family,
to bring peace to all,
one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.
If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment,
and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
— Buddha

The Mindful Diet Day 27



Week 4: Learn to Manage Obstacles

Day 27: Visualize the finish line.

Jules Paláez, a yoga teacher in Boulder, Colorado, and co-founder of Conscious Cleanse, says this is the practice she turns to when she needs a little nudge to stay committed:

1.    Close your eyes,imagine your happy place—the spot where you feel most grounded and centered. Take a moment to notice all the beauty around you.

2.    Once you’re there, look up and notice someone ahead of you, and start slowly walking toward that vision. As you walk closer, that person comes into focus. It’s you at the end of this journey, having achieved all of your goals.

3.    How do you feel now that you’ve succeeded? What do you look like? What’s the message you have for yourself that you can embrace right now, as you’re still on this journey? (Maybe it’s, “You’ve got this,” or, “You’re almost there.”)

Multiple studies have found that mental practices like the above are almost as effective as physical ones, such as exercise, to help us stay the course. A study published inNeuropsychologia found the same brain patterns were activated when people imagined pumping iron as when they actually lifted. The caveat: Don’t get caught up in your thoughts. Too much focus on fantasy can make you less ambitious, suggests a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. So, go ahead and visualize your goals—just be sure you plot and put in the hard work it’ll take to reach them, too.

It can be easy to get discouraged when challenging yourself to change; but just when you think you're ready to give up is the perfect time to remind yourself why you started in the first place. Whether its a menial daily task or a series of activities leading to one big pay off, it's important to keep yourself motivated. Develop a reward system or post inspirational quotes and motivational phrases around your house to help yourself stay focused.

When setting goals I've often been advised to speak in the present tense, as if you have already achieved your goal, almost as if you're forcing it to come true. Recognize how your success feels and congratulate yourself for all your hard work. Reflect on how has this achievement benefited you and identify positive affects of your success.