In the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to write a post about the psychology of treats because I’ve been interested in resolving this topic energy-wise. Lately I’ve been asking myself why it is that even though my body doesn’t feel well after eating a certain something, that I continue to eat it. My mind and body are conscious of each scenario in that I do understand intellectually that this action causes that physical upset, but it’s the underlying emotions that truly allow the practice to continue.
My stomach has become quite grumbly with a lot of familiar go-to treats lately, and I have been ignoring this very direct communication because (in my mind) I don’t want to give the treats up. Trickster emotions are the culprits here, and they sit heavy in our energy, which makes them more challenging to release. Their hold can run deep, and like Sirens tempting sailors to crash onto rocky shores, their songs compel a complete disregard for reason. So much for thinking my way out of this problem!
I want to free myself from this food trap. I’m all for celebrating a milestone or a holiday with special desserts because that’s consciously done. Suppressed emotions, however, continue to entice poor decisions while, at the same time, purposefully cloud thinking that could lead to healthier alternatives. These emotions play hard, and they play to win. Tricky stuff, this!
As a result, I have decided to approach my dilemma from an entirely different energy angle. I am now working more consciously with my body, since my mind can be swayed by old patterns of behavior. What I have begun to do is to simply note what treats (any foods, really) affect me negatively, and then choose to eat something else (that settles well and doesn’t cause the dreaded grumblies – or worse) in their stead. I’m taking each day as it comes and am basically feeling my way through it.
By switching things up and letting my body guide me, I hope to change the old energy dynamics by bypassing ingrained habits. Many times these energies have already been resolved, but they like to stick around to poke and prod from time to time. Learning how to do something in a new way sets the stage for a new and, hopefully, better habit to emerge, which just might allow the old emotion-based patterns to dissolve with disuse. I hope to combat them by going around them! Now who’s the trickster?