This post is a response to James Altucher post titled, Six Ideas From Islam I Use to Find Success.
When something has been a part of your life forever it can be easy to get lost in the details and forget the fundamental reasons you committed in the first place. Such is the case with my religion. I recently read a post from one of my favorite online thought provokers, James Altucher about how Islam has helped inspire his success. I find it interesting that the person whose post re-invigorated my love of Islam is in fact not a Muslim. But that is what I love about my religion – the simple foundations that you can use to create a beautiful life independent of your personal beliefs about God.
So I was inspired to look at the 6 ideas James highlighted and see how they can help me with my quest to heal my relationship with food and stop my emotional overeating.
1. Surrender – Islam teaches you to surrender everything to God. To act in service of God and take God with you on your journey through life. I was first reminded of this idea as it applies to our weight loss journey when I read Marianne Williamson’s A Course in Weight Loss. This was the premise of the entire book and I talk a lot about that book on this blog because it was a real turning point for me in my relationship with food. Every day that I can remind myself that I am not meant to do this alone is a better eating day for me right from the start. When we surrender our problems to God they suddenly become much smaller because nothing is too much or too great when measured against God. We can always cope when we bring in God’s love. Continue reading