WHAT ON EARTH IS NIL BY MOUTH?
What is this title spelling out to us?
Are these three words trying to tell us something?
How can anyone write a blog about Nil by Mouth?
Is this simply a play on words?
Is this what we do before surgery in hospital?
Is this what we do when we are trying to diet?
WHY on earth would anyone want to live with NIL BY MOUTH?
Surely that would be of no benefit or would it?
What if we did some fasting and gave our digestive system a break from all the hard work it has to do processing the foods we eat?
What if we made the choice to not put poison in our mouth in the form of alcohol?
What if we stop putting a drug called sugar into our mouths and feel the benefits?
What if we stopped the puffing stuff through our mouth?
What if we stopped the chit chat so we could just be quiet and with ourselves?
What if we stopped engaging with others during our wind down before bed?
What if the NIL BY MOUTH just means –
Permission to go inside
Allow the space to just BE
Time to stop talking
Time to stop eating
Time to say no to screen time
Time to stop any stimulation
Time to reflect
Time to ponder
Time to switch off from the outside world
As someone who has lived this NIL BY MOUTH business, all I can say is that it works and it supports life to become more balanced.
So it doesn’t matter if the pope or my mother is calling – it is a NO.
Choosing not to engage with anyone helps to not hook us out or get distracted.
In the past, I would practice this shut your mouth business for half a day, when things were crazy busy and the head was pulsing at 100 miles an hour.
NIL BY MOUTH was a sign to stop, pause and go inside, to slow down and end outside stimulation like –
This time away from the world allows us to –
Press the stop button
Stop the spinning around
Review the day
Catch anything that was disturbing
Be aware of our reactions that day
Look at stuff we keep avoiding
Nominate any anger or frustration
Feel things that have hurt us
Acknowledge our uncomfortable feelings
Plan the next day with practical things
Allow space to value and appreciate
Get life in order
Deal with jobs that are hanging around
Fast forward today – NIL BY MOUTH is normal in my world and it does not have room for feeling bad about this or that. It gives a natural break from the flow of everyday life which at times is super intense.
The bonus is stress is not on the radar and that in itself is medicine for our true health and well-being.
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