Category Archives: Meditation

Better Eating and Living through Mindful Self-Compassion

What better way to start the new year than with a dose of self-compassion. Instead of letting the winter blues set in, find out how to warm the heart and shut out the cold. What obstacles arise as you try to practice self-compassion? Find out how to overcome them in the latest issue of Food

Mindfulness Opportunities To Make Time For In 2015!

As Jon Kabat-Zinn says, one of the ways to have more time is to take some of it for yourself.  And, as we start the New Year, now is a good time to set the intention to take more time for mindfulness. Some people call it self-care, I call it a necessity. Taking “time” for mindfulness might

A Mindful Halloween Meditation

Yes, anything you bring your attention to turn it into a meditation—even Halloween! So, let me tell you a little story and share my meditation on Halloween.  Last year for the very first time I was struck by the irony of me giving out full size, sugary candy bars to innocent children as they paraded

Three Days to Less Stress – Meditation Can Help

Everybody is looking for a quick fix to be less stressed.  We try shopping, drinking, distracting ourselves with TV, and even complaining to try to feel better.  However, these strategies are only temporary and often have negative side effects (e.g., financial difficulties, being hung over, being overweight, and feeling more negative).  Let’s face it, there

Just BE – 7 Tips for a Mindfulness-based Approach to Life

Do you multitask your way through life? Do you find yourself constantly making a to-do list or planning? Do you feel restless if you aren’t doing something? Do you think you don’t have time to meditate or engage in other self-care? Do you eat to keep yourself busy or from being bored?  If so, then

BASICS of Mindful Eating Teleconference

In case you missed the BASICS of Mindful Eating teleconference last week, but still would like to listen to it, you’re in luck! The recording is now available on The Center for Mindful Eating site, if you want to listen, or share it with others: http://www.thecenterformindfuleating.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1863600 This can also be listened to directly on Soundcloud:

The Pause That Refreshes!

There probably isn’t anything I find more powerful or helpful than a pause.  Stopping and taking a deep breath when you’re stressed, angry, impatient, or frustrated can keep you from (a) saying things that you wished you hadn’t said, (b) sending emails you wished you hadn’t sent, (c) doing things that you wish you hadn’t

My Advice to People Getting into Mindfulness

I’ve recently been asked to say, in one sentence, my advice to people getting into mindfulness.  There are so many things I would like to say that parsing it down to one sentence seemed like quite a challenge.  To help me and (hopefully) you in the process, I will share the advice that I’ve been given

Meditation Matters – A mindfulness in the workplace tip

Managing your energy throughout the day will determine if you feel good, get your work done, and have enough get-up-and-go left over to have fun with your family and friends after work.  Believe it or not, your energy level is one of the only things you have control over.  Some behaviors decrease your energy (like

Moments of Mindfulness

Our life is only lived in moments.   And, I have discovered that some of the most important moments (if such a thing exists) are the very first moments of the day. A long time ago, I heard to try to be mindful from the moment you awake.   After trying that a few times, I thought