(Adapted from Savor Every Bite: Mindful Ways to Eat, Love Your Body, and Live with Joy (2021; New Harbinger Publications) In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. —Pico Iyer If you feel a lot of urgency to fix the way you eat, fix your body, or fix your life,
Everybody loves the feeling of falling in love. Even more, we cherish the constant love of companions, be they the family we were born with or the families we form along the way. As the song goes, “Love makes the world go round.” When we love someone, we invest a lot of ourselves into
Most people focus much of their attention on their body from the neck up—namely in their heads. It is no wonder we are so fixated with our thoughts since it is estimated that we have 6,200 of them a day. Most thoughts rest beneath our conscious awareness but others are quite persistent and loud. And,
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
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
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 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.
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
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.
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