1. Dancing With Hunger – Resistance and Acceptance

By Greg Turner | June 4, 2019

Picture these two scenarios. You are waiting in a checkout line at the grocery store that is moving so, so slowly. It takes 5 minutes to get to the checkout person.

You strike up a conversation with the stranger who is in front of you. You find this person very, very attractive and it seems he likes you as well. As a result, the 5 minutes goes by in a flash and does not last nearly long enough.

Now, the second scenario is the same 5 minute long line at the grocery checkout. This time there is no attractive stranger. Instead, you notice how hot and noisy it is in the grocery store and the person in front of you reeks of cigarette smoke. As a result, the 5 minutes seems like an eternity to pass by before you get to the checkout person.

Both scenarios last 5 minutes, but your experiences of each one are vastly different. One goes by in an instant and the other drags on and on.

What is the difference that makes the difference?

There are a lot of answers to that question, but for now I want to focus on resistance and acceptance.

What you resist persists. This is a psychological law. If you resist experiencing some experience, you end up making it stick around and making it worse than it really is. What you won’t let be in your experience won’t let you be. In other words, resistance to an experience is the glue that makes it stick around.

In the second scenario, the resistance to the experience, trying to get away from it is what made it seem terrible and is what made it seem like an eternity to pass by.

Compare that to the experience of the first scenario. There was no resistance to it. Instead, there was acceptance of it.

Now, you may be asking what all this has to do with the experience of hunger?

The answer is quite a bit, actually. I can assure you, that if you are struggling with hunger (and assuming you have not been starving for weeks and weeks) your experience of hunger is in large part a result of your resistance to it. You are not starving to death. What you are experiencing is about 10% actual physical hunger and about 90% made up from everything you are doing in your mind, typically on a non conscious level, to resist and resist.

The way to dance with hunger is to start accepting it. This series of posts on dancing with hunger will explore a lot of different ways to stop resisting it and start accepting the hunger. You will learn how to let the hunger be so it will let you be.

For now, let me share one technique. Feel the hungry feelings. Not just your thoughts about them, but feel the feelings. Where do you feel the hunger? Now, in your inner mind, invite the hunger feelings to get worse. Say to your inner self, “let me feel you hunger much more strongly.” More often than not, when you open yourself up, in this way, to feeling what you are resisting, the hunger feelings will dissipate.

So that’s it for now. Watch for more posts about how to dance with hunger.

Topics: Hunger

Click This Now

Request Free Strategy Session

  • Online Sessions

    Now offering online sessions exclusively.  No need to come to my office.  Have your sessions in the privacy of your home. Request Free Strategy Session
  • Navigation

  • Categories

  • Testimonials

    "I was experiencing some ongoing fear of speaking in public since I came to live in the US. In 3 sessions, Greg helped me to overcome it. A few weeks ago I could do a singing presentation and I didn’t even noticed I was singing for a public! Yes, that worked perfectly! So, based on that happy outcome, I bought three more sessions with Greg to help me overcoming my fear of getting the Behind-the-wheel test, as I had failed a number of times and got really stuck on the process of having my California driver’s license. We’ve had only 2 sessions and here I am, waiting for my Driver’s License to come by Mail! Passed with flying colors in my driver’s practice test! YAY!!!! I just want to say this: don’t hesitate in asking for his help on “phobia” issues. You will be free of those disgusting feelings in no time with Greg’s help! Thank you my friend! You’ve helped me so much I will never forget you! "
    Flavia Tatai - San Rafael, CA
    "Thank you for helping me to deal with anxiety and stress.I felt a real safety and trust working with you. I was easily able to let go and become calm and relaxed and drop in to a hypnotic state in your presence. The personalized hypnotic messages that you made for me I listen to a couple of times a day and are helping me to manage stress and stay relaxed and peaceful. Your voice is very soothing and comforting. It’s been tremendously helpful to me doing hypnosis with Greg.He really listen to my needs and gave me a lot of tools to work with. I will continue to see Greg as needed for support to work through obstacles."
    Ina B - Novato
    "I’m a person whose living depends on the ability to make cold calls. I’ve always avoided this dreaded task and consequently my income has sufferred as a result. I saw Greg Turner for only three hypnosis sessions. Since that time, my attitude towards cold calling has completely changed. I now enjoy making the calls, and as a result, my income is taking off. If you think hypnosis can help you, definitely give Greg a call"
    "Thanks Greg for helping me with my smoking. As you know I was not sure hypnosis would work for me. In fact, I was pretty uptight about it at first. Your presence and voice are so calm and soothing that after the first session I was able to relax and let you guide me into communicating with those parts of my inner mind responsible for my smoking. Thanks for helping me deal with my deamons because now I no longer have the desire to smoke."
    "Thanks Greg for helping me to quit smoking. I couldn’t have done it without the great insights into myself that you helped me see, and the hypnotic suggestions you gave me seem to still be working great!"
    Josh Reaves
    "Greg Turner, while shaking my hand and talking to me in a strange way, quickly and easily put me into a deep trance. I was really impressed, he has the most compelling hypnotic eyes and is an extremely powerful hypnotherapist and yet has a very safe and reassuring presence. I found Greg always to be completely professional and he has a tremendous knowledge and passion for hypnotherapy and how it can help people. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to explore any health issue or personal issue within their life. "
    Madeleine Scott
    "I needed help controlling certain cravings with food. Greg was patient and one week out and I am doing great, no cravings at all. Highly recommend hypnosis if you are ready to make a change and Greg will help you achieve that goal."
    "I attended a hypnosis session with Greg Turner. I wanted some extra help to keep one of my resolutions. I was concerned about having someone hypnotize me, but Greg answered all my questions and had me relaxed in a minute or two. Since our session, I’ve been moving ahead with my goal and feel great about it. I would highly recommend Greg to anyone wanting help to kick a habit or create a new one."
    Richard Villasana
    "I've known Greg since 1979 when he first heard about the amazing affects of hypnosis. He wanted to know everything about it and discovered the myriad ways hypnosis could change people's lives. Now as an experienced hypnotherapist he has the knowledge and experience to gently guide you along your path. I highly recommend Greg!"
    R.K. Boston
    "Greg Turner is a wise person as well as being a great hypnotherapist.He knows how to guide you to your own insights and connections. He lets you set the pace of each session and understands the wisdom of silence. He assisted me with a jump I wanted to make in my life and I am on to my next phase. I highly recommend Greg as a hypnotherapist. "
    Sandra S. Larkspur
    "Greg Turner has been a blessing in helping me to cope with stress and the compulsions that stress generates. Even though my permanent home is a far thousand and more miles from Greg the CD Greg gave me has been a long-distance reinforcement for me. I shall be forever grateful."
    "I came to Greg’s office and he explained the whole process very clearly and was genuinely interested in what I had to say. He also posed some interesting questions. I felt like I was finally confronting some real issues. I experienced trance, and came to find myself having thoughts and taking actions that were conducive to what I had laid out as my specific goals. My time with Greg has definitely brought about some changes in me and this is reflecting positively in both my personal and professional life."
    Arthur McCormack
    "Greg, I just got a raise and in part its due to my hypnosis sessions with you. As you know I dreaded the thought of having to get up and do presentations for senior members of my firm. My sessions with you taught me how to focus on the important parts of my speech and to forget about what they might be thinking of me. I now actually enjoy speaking in front of others and apparently my boss enjoys my presentations, as well. My raise more than covers the money I spent with you. Thanks"
    "Thanks Greg for helping with my eating habits. I am now eating much more slowly. Not only that, I now take home leftovers from a restaurant,and do not sit at my desk thinking about the chocolate that is around the office. You are a great hypnotist and I love my new life free of the control of food!!"
    Chris Casagrand
    "All my life I had been plagued with a phobia: I would gag nearly every time I tried to swallow a pill. Over the course of 3 sessions, I grew to trust Greg. Today I am calm and unafraid of taking pills."
    Diana B. Jillie