How Losing Weight Improved My Meditation

Willpower and discipline have never come easy for me. For some, it’s very natural to set your mind to something and do it. For me, not so much. It took me nine years to finally develop a daily meditation practice…9 YEARS!!!!

After two babies, I was up 20lbs and trying to accept this new version of me. Facebook knew it, just like they know everything in the inner recesses of your mind, and my feed was flooded daily with affirming posts about how post-baby-bodies are beautiful. They really are and those messages helped.

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But, I couldn’t seem to let it go. I wanted to know that I COULD take control of my body again. My guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, has a lot to say about becoming a Master of your body, mind and spirit. In his book, How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality, he says,”A perfect body, free from disease, presents less resistance to the practices of Self-realization.”

Yogananda gives a wealth of techniques for living a healthy lifestyle, but this life is also about letting go of the identification with the body and identifying with the soul qualities that are universal – joy, calmness, peace, light, love, sound, wisdom and power. So how to balance the ego-desire to feel beautiful, the yogic desire to be healthy and the soul desire to identify with Cosmic Consciousness?

Inspired by my spiritual friends who were successfully dieting around me, I gave it a go. I cut out all sugars and grains. After a few weeks, I went super-crazy and cut out all fats, reduced calories and started a homeopathic detox regime. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I was “hangry” a lot – a term a friend coined for feeling so hungry you’re angry!

But, wow. It didn’t just work – the 20lbs is gone – but more importantly, I feel like I can do anything! Recently, Nayaswami Devi, wrote a beautiful blog about how every achievement is a step along the path to spiritual success…how the discipline of a marathon she ran decades ago can still be felt in her ability to be disciplined today.

I second that Divine lesson. I know with greater certainty today than I did yesterday that I can do whatever I set my mind to do in this life. And thus, the new challenge is meditation. To meditate deeper, more focused and with greater joy

From this experience I realize that setting goals, big and small, and accomplishing them is always a worthwhile endeavor. May we all Be the Change we wish to see in the world by living up to our true potential ever-more perfectly each day!

Published by Gita Matlock

Gita is a writer, speaker, and nonprofit professional. She earned a bachelors degree in international studies from Pepperdine University and a masters degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. She has traveled extensively and held leadership positions with national and international nonprofit organizations. She was born, raised, and now resides with her husband and two children at Ananda Village, the first of eight cooperative Kriya Yoga communities founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

4 thoughts on “How Losing Weight Improved My Meditation

  1. Beautiful post! Love your honesty, love your willpower! I heartily agree….making some progress on weight control gives more power to so many of life’s other ventures, including our most powerful tool: meditation. Good on ya!

  2. Again, I can relate so well! Were you doing the homeopathic detox on your own or with a doctor? I would love more info. I am inspired!

    1. Hi Julia – sorry, I kept meaning to send you the link:

      There is an extreme version at 500 calories a day, but you have to have a lot of extra to get rid of. There’s also a 1000 calorie a day version. I went hole hog with the 500 calorie a day, but I think I would have had the same results with the higher calorie version b/c I didn’t have THAT much to lose. My 2 cents.

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