You resolve to make a change for the better in your life - limit smoking, drinking, cooked food, etc.. You tell your friends, you write down your resolution, you actually make the change. It works, and it feels good. You're happy and proud. Your friends are happy and proud. Your life is better -- and then you backslide.
Why? Are you a slob without willpower? No....
Backsliding is a universal experience. Every one of us resists significant change, whether for the better or the worse. Our body, brain and behavior have a built-in tendency to stay the same, within rather narrow limits, and to snap back when changed.
Normally it's a very good thing they do. If your body temperature or blood sugar changed by 10 percent you'd be in big trouble. This condition of equilibrium and resistance to change is called homeostasis. It characterizes all self-regulating systems and applies to psychological states and behavior as well as to physical functioning.
Homeostasis doesn't distinguish between change for the better or change for the worse. It resists all change. Still, change does occur. So... how do you deal with homeostasis? How do you make change for the better easier? How do you make it last?
1) Be aware of the way homeostasis works.
2) Be willing to negotiate with your resistance to change.
3) Develop a support system.
4) Follow a regular practice.
5) Dedicate yourself to lifelong learning.
Whatever your age, your upbringing, or your education, what you are made of is mostly unused potential. It is your destiny to use what is unused, to learn and keep on learning for as long as you live. To choose this destiny isn't always easy, but it's the ultimate human adventure. Destinations appear in the distance, will be achieved and left behind. Still the path will continue; it will never end.
How to begin the journey? You need but only take the first step. When? There's always.... now.
-- these concepts came from "Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term
Success and Fulfillment," by George Leonard (Dutton Press, 1991).
Raw Foods are a lifestyle choice, not a religion.