The Life Cycle of Food

The Life Cycle of Food

Mindful eating has many meanings. Sometimes it is perceived as the opposite of distracted eating or as merely a technique to eat with awareness and all the 5 senses. Most often ‘mindful eating’ refers to an intervention for individuals with eating issues. Indeed, all...

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Loneliness: Trying to fill the hole in the heart

Loneliness: Trying to fill the hole in the heart

Jim sits down in my office and promptly declares, “The doctors think you can give me some strategies to stop my binging. I know why I eat,” he continues, “I’m lonely. . . I’m not sure that can be fixed.” My heart lurches as he speaks. Loneliness, ah yes, I know that...

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The self-compassion trap. What’s going on?

The self-compassion trap. What’s going on?

Joanna just couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working. She was practicing the beautiful phrases she’d learn in the self-compassion program daily. She knew them by heart and felt consoled and comforted as she recited them. She could feel the tightness in her chest melt...

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Eating with equanimity

Eating with equanimity

Does a mindfulness meditation practice will help us to feel less reactive and more at ease with food? For most people, eating is not a neutral experience. Often meal times give rise to many thoughts around food (do's and don'ts) and emotions ranging from fear to...

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Letting Go of the Outcome: The Wisdom of Mentorship

Letting Go of the Outcome: The Wisdom of Mentorship

As a new teacher there is so much to think about...logistics, following the curriculum, using the scripts, maintaining the container, and so many other aspects of the Mindful Eating practice. My goal was to be present, patient, and to let go of the outcome even amidst...

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