More ponderings on zen and weight loss...
These quotes come from the book The Art of Happiness by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, written by Howard C. Cutler, MD.
Pages 41 and 42.
"Achieving genuine happiness may require bringing about a transformation in your outlook, your way of thinking, and this is not a simple matter. It requires the application of so many different factors from different directions. You shouldn't have the notion, for instance, that there is just one key, a secret, and if you can get that right, then everything will be okay. It is similar to taking proper care of the physical body, you need a variety of vitamins and nutrients, not just one or two. In the same way, in order to achieve happiness, you need a variety of approaches and methods to deal with and overcome the varied and complex negative mental states. And if you are seeking to overcome negative ways of thinking, it is not possible to accomplish that simply by adopting a particular thought or practicing a technique once or twice. Change takes time. Even physical change takes time..."
"...Transforming your mind takes time. There are a lot of negative mental traits, so you need to address and counteract each one of these. This isn't easy. it requires the repeated application of various techniques and taking the time to familiarize yourself with the practices. It's a process of learning.
"But I think that as time goes on, you can make positive changes. Everyday as soon as you get up, you can develop a sincere positive motivation, thinking, 'I will utilize this day in a more positive way. I should not waste this very day..."
Lots of great stuff here. I highly recommend the book. He talks a lot about discipline and the meaning of wholesome behaviors. Ultimately, he's talking about creating and finding peace in the world, but everything he says, in my humble opinion, applies to our most immediate world, our bodies. I think finding peace and happiness begins with our bodies and our mind's connection to our body, then we take the steps to make positive changes in the world around us. Keep in mind, this last part is my own interpretation. This is how I would apply some of what he's saying to my own personal experiences and perspectives. Someone else may see it differently.
Also, for what it's worth, it might be worth noting: I am not Buddhist. But I have great respect and admiration for the teachings.