Category Archives: Mindfulness

Mindfulness Meets the Full Catastrophe: What sustains you during difficult times?

You might not have noticed, but my weekly blogging took a decided pause in the last few weeks. It seems like there was one catastrophe after the other in my life and it was hard to keep up emotionally, physically, and mentally. There was simply not the psychic energy to put words to paper. Sometimes

Riding the Waves of Grief

Grief is a funny thing. It knows no time or boundaries. We have little control over when it decides to come up inside us. It’s like a wave that builds in the ocean and then crashes in to the shore. Each expression of grief ebbs and flows in amazing synchronicity with select moments of life

Tenderize Your Heart

According to Dzigar Kongtrul, tenderness is a profound quality that is innate in each of us. Every being has the capacity for warmth and tenderness towards others. And it is this quality of heart that can give us the most “pure and profound happiness that exists.”

Be Mindful About What You Practice

Whatever you practice, you get better at. So, think for a moment. What are you practicing every day? This includes the thoughts you entertain, the emotions you focus on, and the behaviors you repeat. Sometimes the things we practice make us feel better and some of them definitely don’t. Let’s take it one at a

A Marriage of Intuitive and Mindful Eating

When I was asked in 2007 to develop a program for people who struggled with how to eat and with the relationship they had to their bodies, I had some research to do. At the time, I worked at the University of Missouri for the wellness program for faculty and staff. A survey we conducted

Delicious Movement: Partnering With Your Body

Practicing mindfulness of the body can happen in many ways. We practice when we move, eat, sleep, rest, and play. Moving the body mindfully is just one of the lens that we practice mindfulness and it enhances and improves our relationship to the body when we eat. Being aware of the body, in general, translates

September Eat for Life Classes — Enrolling Now!

There are many reasons to take a mindful eating program. Here are a few: 1. To understand why you keep eating even though you’re full. 2. To soothe your emotions without needing to use food. 3. To make food choices based on your internal signals.4. To understand the confusing messages you get about food. 5.

Changing Habits with Mindfulness

Have you ever tried to change a habit? It’s pretty hard, right? You make a commitment to yourself that you’re not going to eat as much, drink as much, shop as much, swear as much, be angry as much, etc. You might even write down your goals and post them in a prominent place. But,

Stay hydrated. We have a long way to go.

I’m an optimist by nature. Optimists see things on the bright side. They persevere, even in the face of difficulty, because of a belief that things will come out okay eventually. We like to believe in the goodness of others and forgive easily. An optimist is a person who tends to be hopeful and confident

Mindfulness and Racism

Being on Facebook has given me a view into the wide range of beliefs, ideas, and feelings that people are having right now. What I have discovered should probably not have been surprising, but the comments have been everything from transformational to shocking. I have found one type of post particularly interesting. It goes something