So glad you asked! And you’re right, of course: this is a huge problem in our culture, and especially (but by no means exclusively) for women.
This is really what I created the Weight Loss imagery for. For years I resisted making this audio, because I didn’t want to create yet another one of those ‘imagine yourself skinny’ recordings to feed the pervasive, malignant, culture-wide body-hatred that distorts our sense of self. Just the thought of doing something like that sent shivers up my slightly scoliotic (but nonetheless serviceable) spine!!
But after being nagged, begged and pressed by Time Warner’s audio division, I finally figured out how I could write that imagery in a way I could live with and feel good about - by using imagery to enhance the sense of alliance with the body and it’s miraculous processes of converting fat into energy; to create imagery that coheres motivation, drive and self-esteem behind using our energy in actions and goals that are congruent with our values; and by focusing attention on the internal sense of how the body feels when it’s functioning in healthy ways, rather than wandering into external visuals (how the body looks from the outside).
Paradoxically (but not surprisingly) this imagery works for weight loss, precisely because it doesn’t go to external "looks". It keeps attention focused on the inside, going for a deeper, truer appreciation of self - mind, body and spirit. Sensing from the inside - not looking from the outside - is where the effective action is, Connie! So that’s my recommendation. Try that imagery.
I just went to the CD’s page and was delighted to find a bunch of customer reviews that support this point exactly! What a nice surprise! Roxanne wrote:
Roxanne, just for the record, I’m not a doctor. And thanks for the enthusiastic commentary.