A change of perspective leading towards healthier habits.

A change of perspective leading towards healthier habits.

written by: Christelle Chopard
by: Christelle Chopard
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With life experiences, we notice that change is a constant factor and there are different ways to move through the cycles of impermanence. Yet we are also aware that some behavioral patterns are very difficult to change.

How many times have you wished for making a change in your diet, in your routine and noticed that as inspiring and healthy as it would be for you to make that change, as clear as it may be, as simple as it may look, it will be very challenging to make the shift.

The mind can understand the benefit of the transition. Yet the emotional body continues to scream for its comfort food and the familiar sensations that comes with it.

You may find yourself in front of choices that trigger a certain conflict between the voice of wisdom, the voice of reason, and the comforting voice that continues to enable and to feed into unhealthy behaviors. What if a loved one has been enabling you for a long time and their voice is loud in your heart and mind? That voice may be stronger and more influencing in your actions than the voice of wisdom that inspires you to make a shift towards a healthier path.

Any change of habit requires reflection and a dharmic process if you would like to pass through it with mindfulness and integrity. When the changes are made without consideration of the different voices within us, it can cause trauma and a sense of lack. Any transition requires compassion and acceptance of the inner callings. This will lead to a mindful transformation that will bring about a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment along the journey.

Changing a habit in your diet is not only about the goal of losing weight or becoming healthier or stronger. It is mainly about the intention and the learning experience to discover new ways of living.

When you listen to the voices that appear along the journey, you will observe the ones that inspire you, the ones that are nurturing to you, and the ones that distract you. To assist you in the process, you can create a support system around you with people who inspire you to access a space of harmony and wellbeing with a spark of lightness and wisdom.

There is a subtle line between the comfort that we find in some behavioral patterns and core beliefs, and the comfort that we experience when we are in our zone, in our truth.

Most of us have experienced those desires to move towards a healthier lifestyle, yet have seen ourselves falling back into old behaviors and unhealthy habits.

The consideration of the five senses can support us with addressing our inner voices and influences from past life experiences:

We have thoughts that trigger feelings and our senses lead us toward rushing for some comfort food, seeking those familiar sensations that we are attached to. This aspect can be approached by focusing the mind towards a clear positive intention that opens our mind to a new perspective. When we are more mindful we will be more alert and attentive in our choices and ways to eat.

The sense of touch and substance affects us in our nutrition as well. When we are in touch with the food we prepare for our body to receive, it will add in the nurturing aspect much more than if we have no direct contact with the food before eating it. When you choose the fruits or vegetables you will eat, you observe their forms, their tenderness. We are attracted by certain substances more than others. Some people like what is crunchy, while others prefer what is soft and blends in the mouth. This also reflects if we like to chew in the process, or if we prefer to make it fast and easy. Touch and substance are directly related to the earth element, to the foundation and the resources we invest in our wellbeing and nutrition.

Taste is directly linked with emotional memories. Some people are attracted to sweet, others to fried food, others to healthy fresh fruits, or even a touch of bitterness. Our emotional state affects a lot of the type of food we will be attracted to. Also, the food we eat will directly affect our emotions and moods throughout the day. This sense is mainly related with the water element which relates to our emotional state and the relationships we are attracted to.

Sight triggers feelings and calls for action. When we look at a promotional video, the images and expression that we see influence us strongly in the choices we will make for the next few hours. Some people, as soon as they see a big M, they feel the call for French fries and a hamburger. They may not be hungry, neither really like the taste of it. When we see a picture of a healthy woman biting into a strawberry, with a bright spark in her eyes, reflecting vitality, most of us will feel like looking for healthy fresh fruit to bite into. The visual aspect of food and the relationship with what we like to experience, with the image we would like to reflect, influences our choices in our lifestyle. Sight is linked with the fire element which is directly connected with motivation and your inspiration.

Smells affect us very much, leading towards memories. If we smell grilled chicken, it can carry us to memories of the moments we have eaten it. If the memory is good we will be attracted to eat some right now. When I first smelled and tasted olives, I couldn't relate to anything and did not finding them appealing. After a beautiful travel in the Greek Islands, the combination of the smells of Mediterranean nature, together with the ambiance, and the olives brought a wonderful sensation to me. Smells influence you particularly in your eating habits. Smell is related to the air element which is directly connected with your memories and core beliefs.

Our emotional responses and muscle memory have been programed for many years in certain patterns. It takes time, dedication and a high level of mindfulness to make an integrative shift.

Sometimes the thought is there but we cannot find the way to lead it into action.

Sometimes the desire is there but the mindset is still responding to profound core beliefs. What would be a thought or affirmation that can inspire you to approach your diet from a different perspective?

Sometimes the mind is clear yet the emotional body is screaming out loud wanting to stay in its comfort zone, with fear of lack and attachments. Is there a way to find comfort without rushing to certain food?

Sometimes we let go of attachments, yet the body still has the need of that sugar rush or caffeine that it has been used to for so many years. You can then learn about alternatives to support the transition in a harmonious way for your body.

For an integrative, holistic transition we take in consideration all those voices with equal attention and dedication.

DHARMI® Method is a process that will support your transition following three main steps. First bringing awareness to the source of the pattern while taking in consideration any core beliefs, emotional memory and physical triggers related to it. That step is the recognition of where you are at this point in your life, the frequency you are at, and the conditioning that influences your decisions and lifestyle. It is by acknowledging and accepting your actual point of reference that you can release attachment, and judgement, and move with compassion towards a new perspective.

One of the main steps to support a mindful transition comes from clarifying an intention that is meaningful to you. Without clear intention or inspiration, it will be more difficult to redirect your energy and focus.

Peace and Clarity,

Christelle Chopard

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