13 Tevet, 5777
I recently read several books that impressed me with the descriptions of profound improvements in the lives of their authors. Each had described how he or she had chosen to commit to specific healing and/or inspirational lines of thought and how that has had appealing impacts on their lives.
Today I want to begin sharing excerpts from Sheldon Rice's book, A Formula for Joy. Here's the first excerpt:
or the gifts the universe has provided me –
consistent joy, devoted wife, perfect home,
financial security and deep spiritual knowing
that all is well. My three daughters and
and affection to us and to each other; they are
a strong anchor in our lives. We live without
medicine or pain. What more can I ask
in the 78th year of my life?
material gains; others require spiritual
connection to feel complete. For me joy is
a sense of contentment that results in a
deep sense of well being. Happiness for me
is freedom from fear. It is made conscious
how my life used to be. This appreciation
requires focusing on the now—how I feel now,
past. When I am in a state of balanced mental,
emotional, or physical health, my joy is peaked.
how did it come about? Luck alone
cannot explain it. After extensively
pondering the issue, I concluded that
there exist universal truths that are
difficult to apply. Successfully realizing
them has brought life changing rewards
through the examples of these
the only real tool there is. Anyone
strong desire and deep self reflection.
immediately. It is meant as food for thought
that sometimes makes sense long after
present here. On the other hand, something
you read might answer an immediate
life around. The first of these is the principle of
yin yang balance. Intuitively the idea
makes sense to me, but its application to
my eating practices, proved to be quite
changes, an elusive and often difficult initiative
for many people. Why do some people make
changes in their lives so easily once they are
consciously stimulated to do so, while others
personality traits illuminated through the
esoteric science of numerology. We are all
born with a personality planned for us
by our soul, yet anything can be changed
through our free will. At least half of the
making changes. Given sufficient incentive,
anyone can make changes if they want to
badly enough. For me, making changes
a macrobiotic diet literally overnight.
I decided and did it.
buzz word for me, only translated into my
day to day reality when I first undertook
macrobiotic cooking 30 years ago.
It was then that the terms yin and yang
entered my vocabulary. Before that,
I had had no way to measure
or understand balance.
either yin (expansive) or yang (contractive).
Balance is possible when these
two universal forces are synchronized.
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A Formula for Joy we dress warmly
in winter we are comfortable because
we are balancing expansive warmth (yin)
with its natural complement, contractive
cold (yang). On the other hand, when we
eat ice cream in winter, the effect on the
and cold weather (yin) together
create an imbalance of excessive yin.
As a result we feel tired, lethargic,
easy to understand.
contracted (yang) state. A person who
by nature is already relatively contractive–
temporary relief in eating rich foods,
through sugar. The problem with all these
solutions is that they don’t address the
Addressing and relieving the stress itself
neutralizes the need for destructive habits
needs to balance his food intake with
these natural considerations in mind.
achieving balance. I know when I am
relatively balanced in my daily life by
coming and yet happen in a moment.
Even then it fades in and out.
after I eat. I feel agitated and dissatisfied,
and find it hard to relax. If I lose control,
I find myself endlessly and restlessly
the quality and quantities of what I ate to
find balance. I don’t believe that everyone
to feel balanced. There are many healthy
diets that leave people feeling good.
The important thing is that balance
requires good eating habits that leave us
in a happy, good feeling place.
early childhood training. My parents came
from a Belarus village in the Pale of
Fiddler on the Roof without the sentiment.
For them, low body weight meant that
enough physical reserves to fall back on.
My mother’s neurotic food obsession
led her to insist that from an early age
I eat more, regardless of my appetite.
my mother spoon fed me until I was six
years old. Not sure how to stop this
insidious force feeding, she revealed the
details to my school teacher in my
presence. I have never forgotten that
shame. Even in my adult years she loved
telling everyone how she had allowed me to
break dishes while she fed me, just so
inevitably led to patterns of overeating
that continued for a good part of my life.
anything else in the house that was eatable.
Though I was never obese, certainly had
periods of being full-figured. The imbalance
of alternately binging and dieting became
a way of life for me for decades.
lifestyle, seeking discipline in that
structured framework. At first I continued
year and a half I was diagnosed with
a tumor somewhere between my
that healing was contingent upon taking
control of my eating habits did I learn to
was in learning to chew, taking an hour
to eat each meal.Chewing for such a long
time left me balanced, satisfied with a
relatively small quantity of food.
two years. For the first time I began to
experience balance on a daily basis.
focus my mind on activities other than food
once I left the table.
overeating habits resurfaced.
I lost control once again, this time
with nourishing food. Overeating was
so deeply ingrained that I couldn’t sustain
so much better with them. Once again, the
patterns of binging and dieting returned.
of meeting with a superb hypnotherapist.
My desire for change was so strong that
one session was enough for me to
kick the habit of overeating and this
fortune! It has made such a big difference
in my life, as my balance and good feeling
have been restored. After a lifetime,
binging is a problem I have put behind me.
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