Now would have been a perfect time to create another fitspiration picture, but I decided to create an inspiration picture instead. 🙂
Lately, I’ve been writing about my attempts to control my stress and unpleasant emotions by eating. The crux of my last post was that eating is a particularly useless way of controlling your emotions, simply because it doesn’t work.
If you want to gain complete liberation from your fears, you’ll have to confront the monster you fear the most. There is no exception to the rule. ~Dr David Burns.
My picture was inspired by a story I read in Dr David Burns’ book. The story has stuck in my mind for a long time because it’s such a perfect portrayal of what you need to do to if you want to get rid of your emotional eating:
You need to face your fears (emotions) and resolve your unresolved issues. Nothing else will work.
The story is from the Tibetan Book for the Dead and it goes like this:
According to the story, after you die you wake up in a dark place. A monster (representing the worst fears you had when you were alive) will suddenly appear from the darkness, and you will face two choices: you can either flee or surrender to the monster.
If you decide to flee, you will get away – barely – but you’ll be cast into darkness again. From the darkness, a second monster – almost as terrifying as the first – will appear. You will again face the choice of either surrendering or running away from the monster.
You can guess how the story continues. Every time you flee the monster, you will return to square one and another monster – slightly less scary than the last – will pop up.
According to the Tibetan Book for the Dead, the cycle repeats as many times as there are days in the month you were born. If you run away form all monsters (in my case there would be 31 because I was born in May) – you will be reborn as something very lowly, like a worm. If you surrender to a monster earlier in the cycle, you will reincarnate at a higher level.
What would have happened if you had surrendered to the first and the most scariest monster?
Two things would happen. You’d discover the monster wasn’t real: it was just an illusion and you never had anything to fear in the first place. Secondly, you would be freed from the life-death cycle and be transported to a higher plane of existence like Nirvana.
The moral of the story is that you can try avoid your fears (emotions), but if you do, they’ll just pop up again sooner or later.
I hope you enjoyed the story and the inspiration picture. 🙂