Years ago, my Wing Chun Sufi taught me that “we do not lose weight, we release weight”. At first I didn’t quite understand what he was saying, until he explained that whenever you lose something our instinctual nature as humans, is to find it or want it back. He went further to explain that if we truly wanted to lose something, or to give something up, then we needed to release it. At 22 years old, although it made sense, it didn’t mean much to me then.
For years after this exchange, I went through many ups and down with my weight journey; the yo-yo gaining and losing weight. Seriously, it was YEARS of this before what my Sufi had said finally meant something to me. I was in the middle of another diet, and a 21-Day Mind, Body and Soul online challenge, when I gained the insight that I no longer wanted to approach my weight journey with the mindset of losing the weight, but instead with that of releasing the weight.
I know what you’re thinking, that this is just semantics…the words we use do not matter that much because they can’t change reality. BUT, it does and it can! I believe in the law of attraction and how the Universe responds to what we say. The way we use our voice can be powerful and the words we choose to utter can manifest, and affirm your life. Think about it, you ever hear people speak poorly about themselves, “I am so fat… I am so broke… I am a starving artist”. When they speak in this way, even when we are conditioned not to hear the words in a conscious manner, you can see how their reality truly reflects what they say. The individual who calls themselves fat continues to struggle with weight. The individual who calls themselves broke continues to struggle with their finances. Lastly, the individual who calls themselves a starving artist continues to live as if their big break will never come. When you say something out loud enough times, you begin to bring that into existence in your life. Words can crystallize and materialize in our world, and the insane thing is, our bodies can feel what we are saying. Your body can be an internal compass for how words feel.
Don’t just take my word for it (no pun intended), try it yourself:
Close your eyes and say “I want to lose weight”.. Sit with it a moment. How does that feel in your body?
Now say, “I want to release weight”. How does that feel? Can you feel the difference?
When you release something, or voice the intention to release, you are truly letting that thing go on an emotional and mental level. This kind of release happens spiritually. It’s a symbolic, royal fuck you to the very thing that is no longer serving you, and by doing so you free yourself from its bondage.
“Losing weight” did not capture what it was that I was doing. The journey that I eventually decided was right for me was that of releasing everything holding me back, and thus “releasing weight” became my affirmation. I adopted the language, understood the power behind what I was saying and watched as it manifested in my life, and in my lovely body. The results I have garnered have been life altering, and I promise you since then, it’s like the weight has forgotten its route back to me. Make the conscious shift in the way you use words, and watch how your life unfolds. Don’t just lose weight, release it once in for all.