From 300lbs to 140lbs: How Arthur Boorman Lost 160lbs with Yoga
The idea that we really have no limitations is a hard one for many of us to truly grasp. It may sound like a nice and noble saying, but some part of your brain may strain-subconsciously or consciously- against fully accepting this truth. Why is it easier to believe in limits rather than expansion? There are so many external forces from the media, education (both formal and familial), societal belief systems and so on that reinforce aspects of restriction. But all these limitations are illusions. The actual reality is that you truly are unlimited in your inner power and strength. Yes you! We all are, if we can learn to get mental blocks out of the way and tap into the inner, universal and unlimited source within.
Health and beauty are a good starting point for most people to experience this concept. Focusing on these areas of your life can produce tangible improvements in outward appearance, as well as allow for the powerful personal experience of gaining vitality and natural energy without external stimulants. The question we ask ourselves is how to get energy from the world around us; it was already there waiting for us – all we have to do is unleash all our inhibitions.
Once you realize that you have tremendous control over your health and beauty, largely by the diet you keep and the foods you choose (also think about grapefruit seed extracts uses), then you realize that you can extend this power outwards for goals not only pertaining to physical form, but also goals centered around your vocation, career, and relationships.
This video really exemplifies the unlimited inner to exceed limitations. Arthur was a disabled Gulf War veteran who sustained injuries to his back and knees, and was told by his various doctors that he would never be able to walk again on his own.
Arthur believed in this limitation…for a time. He gained over 140 pounds, and had to use canes to hobble about. One day, he had the spark of motivation to try yoga. Though it was not easy for him to shape his body into the asanas (poses), and though he fell many times, he kept picking himself back up to try over and over again.
Over the course of 10 months- less than a year- Arthur lost 140 pounds and was not only able to practice asanas, he was able to actually run. Had he listened to the judgment of his doctors, he would have relegated himself to the “truth” of the limitation that he would never be able to walk again and not even tried. Instead, he pushed past the illusions of limitations to utilize his unlimited inner power.
I invite you to make some time for the important task of thinking of the preconceived limitations you might have placed on your power. Write down the limitations, then think about the root of where they came from. For Arthur, doctors placed limitations on him, which shows that people in positions of “authority” can create these limitations that are not necessarily true.
This all takes reflection, and I find writing very helpful to get these thoughts out of you. Block out at least 45 quiet minutes to yourself.
Time For You To Take Action:
1. Limitations you believe are in your life. Examples include: “I’ll never be able to be X weight/size.” “Getting off medications and becoming healthy is not realistic.” “I’m not smart enough to get X job”. “I’m not qualified to make X amount a year”. “I’m not flexible enough to ever touch my toes.” “I’m not pretty enough to meet the man of my dreams. etc.”
2. Where these limitations came from. This might be more difficult, but really think deeply on each limitation and where it might have been formed, without judgment. You might discover that it resonates with something you’ve heard from another source. If it came from a loved one or family member, most probably they were saying it with good intention, or inadvertently passing on a limitation they too have. Or maybe you might have heard it from your peers or friends or boss mentioning over and over again that something was too “hard” to achieve so that it is “impossible.”
3. Once you have identified the source of these limitations, make peace with them by affirming they are not actual or true, they are just thought forms that someone else created. If you can really pause and see the limitations as being separate from “truth”, this is the first step in moving past them, and unleashing your unlimited power.