Let us start by stating straight off the bat that meditation and visualization cannot make you lose weight. Indirectly maybe, as you spend more time meditating you will eat less and therefore consume fewer calories. But the point is that losing weight is by definition is a physiological occurrence.
Definition of weight loss
“A reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon and other connective tissue”.
Simply wishing fat will disappear is a fruitless task. But meditation and visualization can form key catalysts in the weight loss process.
Meditation Provides Focus and Motivation
Although these holistic disciplines can’t literally make you drop weight, this doesn’t mean meditation and visualization aren’t useful disciplines in the weight loss process. In fact, both have become extremely popular in providing the necessary focus and motivation to lose weight. When you consider that Buddhist monks have for thousands of years used meditation to rid themselves of desires such as food, sex and materialism, it makes logical sense that we should use this ancient method of focus in our own weight loss goals.
When you feel the desire to eat things you are trying to avoid, like snacks or fizzy drinks in between meals; sit down crossed legged, keep your back up straight and clasp your fingers together in your lap with your palms facing upwards. Empty your mind of thoughts, especially those thoughts of food. Try to achieve nothingness and oneness with the world.
This will be difficult; meditation is not easy since by nature we just aren’t used to relaxing and turning off the voices in our head. Don’t worry though – there are an abundance of mediation audio sessions out there to help you achieve a meditative state.
Positive Visualization and Positive Affirmations
Positive visualization is a method of attracting what you want in to your life using visual representation. By visualizing on your weight loss goals for 10 minutes a day, you will harness positive energy around your mission and be more likely to achieve what you see in your mind – if you can imagine it then it becomes a possibility and ultimately a reality. Close your eyes and focus your mind on becoming a healthier, slimmer person. See the images and feel the existence of that person as though you have already achieved your goal.
In addition to visualization use positive affirmations. Make a list of positive and measurable goals and motivators such as,
- “I will lose 10 pounds by December 25th”
- “I am going to be slimmer, healthier and happier by the month’s end”
Repeat these things to yourself everyday at specific times of the day or whenever you have time. Really feel the words and believe what you are saying. Become the words and feel free to chant them during meditation.
Positive visualization and positive affirmations are both aspects of the popular Law of Attraction (LOA) concept. LOA tells us that we are responsible for attracting things into our life, whether consciously or unconsciously. The idea is to become aware of this attracting energy and use it for positive good, i.e. to attract weight loss.