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Healthy nutrition and exercise, while obviously important, sometimes aren’t enough to control those forces within that cause emotional eating. This is because emotional eating isn’t only about making peace with food and your body.
It’s about making peace with your feelings.
All addictions result from a difficulty experiencing and moving through painful feelings. While there are differing opinions about whether you can be physically addicted to certain foods, it’s generally accepted that emotional eating reflects a psychological addiction. Food becomes the means to avoid, deny or otherwise cope with painful emotions.
When you experience a trigger that causes you to turn to food, chances are that trigger brought to the surface deeper feelings that already were inside you. For example, after a tense phone call with a family member you calm your anger with a heaping bowl of ice cream. While the phone call itself may have been difficult, it most likely brought to the surface other times you experienced similar anger. Otherwise, you would let it go more easily.
In this example, you will continue to be easily triggered, and perhaps keep turning to food for comfort, until the energy of anger is released from inside you.
When you release painful emotions at their deepest level, external triggers in your life no longer have power over you.
A Spiritual Approach
The Hawaiian problem solving and healing practice of Ho’ oponopono is a process of forgiveness and release. It helps you connect with your inner Divinity. By releasing the heaviness of toxic emotions you more easily hear Divine inspiration guiding you to your highest good. When used for emotional eating, it helps ground and calm you. It also helps release the deeper roots of your overwhelming feelings that trigger you to turn to food.
Your Inner Child
From a psychological perspective, subconscious memories of painful childhood experiences continue to be activated today unless they are resolved and released. Your inner child holds the memories of these past painful experiences. With emotional eating, the intense urge to eat reflects the pain of your inner child calling out for your love and attention. Ho’ oponopono helps neutralize and release those painful energies carried by your inner child.
Four Simple Phrases
The basic Ho’ oponopono process uses four beautiful phrases. These words have a high energetic vibration. They are spiritually uplifting and calming. Direct these words to your inner child to offer comfort for painful feelings held within. By speaking to your inner child, you’re also communicating to the Divine within you.
“Please forgive me. ”
“I love you.”
Ho’ oponopono and Emotional Eating
You can use the Ho’oponopono process as a stress management tool when you feel triggered to overeat. It also serves to neutralize and release painful emotions at their deepest level.
Simply repeat the four phrases above or use the following exercise which adapts the process to emotional eating. Or, use them in combination.
- Begin by focusing on your breathing.
- Then, silently direct these words to your inner child who is carrying the weight of your painful emotions:
“I’m sorry. I didn’t realize you were carrying so much pain.”
“Please forgive me for whatever is going on inside of me that is causing me to overeat.” (or, “to feel this way.”)
“I love you.”
“Thank you for being here for me.”
- Repeat as often as necessary until you experience a sense of relief or inner peace.
You can use this process in several ways:
- Repeat the four phrases as a calming mantra throughout the day.
- Use either version to soothe and ground yourself when overwhelmed and about to use food to cope.
- If you are upset with yourself for overeating, use this to help release any guilt and shame.
The Ho’ oponopono process offers a spiritually meaningful tool to release negative energies of painful emotions at a very deep level. Practice this regularly and you’ll discover an inner peace that not only helps you with emotional eating and releasing weight, but with all areas of your life as well.
How do you think Ho’ oponopono can help you in your weight release journey?
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I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.
Years ago I learned about a psychologist who healed an entire forensic ward of mentally ill criminals in a Hawaiian state hospital. What was remarkable about this was that the psychologist and Director of the unit, Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, never directly met with any of his patients. What was his magic? He used the powerful Hawaiian healing process called Ho’oponopono.
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