Have you ever been witness to the release of a Chinese lantern? I experienced it in person over the summer with my wife’s family and it was an absolute thing of beauty.
The flame is lit and the temperature of the air inside the lantern increases while you hold onto it. As the air inside the lantern heats up, it gets lighter and lighter until that magic moment when it it is so much lighter than the air around it that you can release it and watch it float away into the sky.
My hope, in writing this post, is that I will have a new found lightness that frees me from some of the self-limiting talk that is holding me back at the moment. It’s as though the spirit inside me is heating up and is so light now that the pain of continuing to hold on is greater than the potential pain that will come from taking the risk.
One of the things that I find most challenging about transitioning to a non-diet, intuitive eating approach to my eating, is that that the practical implications of what that means aren’t spelled out.
When I’m in the middle of an opportunity though, if I can recognize it, it pretty much slaps me across the face. They tend to be really small things I find myself thinking or doing that I realize are diet thoughts trying to have their way with me (again).