Category Archives: Mindfulness

“No” is a Complete Sentence – and Other Steps to Self-Care

I recently spoke to my boss and told her that I could not continue working as hard as I have been. The impact of working too much was taking a toll on my body—specifically my back which structurally starts to misalign when I am under too much stress. It has cost me a lot of

Eating with the Fullest Pleasure!

This week I have been talking to people in my Eat for Life classes about becoming a Conscious Connoisseur. There are two parts to this concept. First, “What does it mean to be conscious when we eat?” and, second, “What does it mean to become a connoisseur when we eat?” Taken together, it forms a

Savor Every Bite: Mindful Ways to Eat, Love Your Body, and Live with Joy

PREORDER YOUR BOOK NOW and it will ship at the end of April! Order from your local independent bookstore (something I highly recommend) or at one of the stores listed on my webpage. In my second book, you’ll learn mindfulness skills to help you navigate the difficulties of daily life and cultivate a lasting sense

Acceptance – The First Step on the Road to Freedom

Acceptance is a term that is used a lot in yoga and Buddhist circles but often causes a lot of confusion. The confusion stems from (a) a misunderstanding of what it does and does not mean and (b) how difficult it can be to change our habitual resistance to the unpleasant moments in our lives.

Relating to Emotional Discomfort: the True Grit of Mindfulness

While I am not always perfect at it, I know that the biggest benefit of mindfulness practice is in its ability to help me hold emotional discomfort without bypassing it. When things are going well in our lives, mindfulness helps us deeply experience the pleasure of being alive. However, it is when the going gets

Trusting the Body Better

If you watch animals, you can see how closely connected they are to their internal signals showing them how to find food, how much they need to eat, when and where they need to rest, which other animals they can trust and which ones consider them as prey, and every other aspect of their lives.

Dreaming of Palm Trees and Grabbing Life by the Tail

The snow is coming down and the temperatures are as well. There is no day above freezing in the forecast any day in the near future. I am dreaming of palm trees and a warm tropical breeze blowing through my hair. I am supposed to be in Costa Rica right now teaching a yoga and

Who Needs Some Extra Resilience?

The quality of resilience is something particularly important during these challenging times that we are all facing. Everyone I know has had friends or family members fall ill or die, encounter difficulties through employment and housing, feel the loss of hugs and other benefits of intimate relationships, and much more. According to the definition, people

Ten Tips for Finding Inspiration in the Grey of Winter

In this middle of winter, the grey days have seemed more frequent lately. This grey, middle of winter is also symbolic of where we are in regards to the pandemic. It is grey and bleak, but with the promise of light and a new normal ahead. A life that will hopefully be a bit more

Eat for Life–Register NOW for Class Starting Soon!

Start the year 2021 with a new hope, not a diet plan that won’t work. Shift the focus from weight to well-being, from shallow promises to values that bring your life meaning, and from outer to inner wisdom. Spend ten weeks with a community of people who are all learning this new path of inner