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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a guide for a better life, weight is a metaphor, 19 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: The Zen of Eating: Ancient Answers to Modern Weight Problems (Paperback)
I bought this 2nd hand as a gift for another & then read it myself and I can say that for me it was a paradigm shift - not just re: weight but re: attachments, suffering (that which can not be avoided & that we create ourselves), mindfulness and I guess the key to the beginning of personal growth & enlightenment.
(This all sounds very grandiose and so it may be rather a personal thing to me as I am not averse to spiritual & "what is the best way to live" type of thoughts!)
I am not overweight but put it on very easily & did have a fear of blobbing out & I certainly have dieted & fretted about myself,in the past. I do get a bit stressy about "right" & "wrong" foods, however I did't feel I had a problem with food (even less so after reading) thus some of the examples eg desiring a muffin didn't mean anything to me. However, if I saw the food part as just a metaphor, as an example to illustrate the point, and read this in terms of zen (& essentially basic principles of Buddhism)then this was a lovely read and led me to read more on the subject.
I would recommend it to anyone unhappy with themselves weight wise and who would also like to feel generally happier.
Nb It seems to be more aimed at overweight, rather than say anorexic traits and is an american author. It is not specifically religious and so do not let "Buddhism" put you off - Having had a Christian upbringing, nothing in it is incompatible!
I have since bought the books for several others.
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