Category Archives: Mindfulness

Creating Habits of Wellbeing: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

May is Mental Health Month. And, I believe that mental health is a product of a holistic approach to our well-being that includes taking care of your body, your heart (emotions), and your mind (thoughts). In the Buddhist tradition, this can be understood through the Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Mindfulness of the Body, Mindfulness of

The Practice of Mindful Eating: It’s more than just about food!

Mindful eating is the practice of paying attention to the physical, emotional, and cognitive states of being before, during, and after you eat. It is a holistic experience that includes your relationship to the tastes and smells of food, the physical aspects of hunger and fullness, the effect of food in your body, your thoughts,

Creating a Life of Satisfaction Outside of Work and Eating

Complaining about being busy and working all the time is a widespread phenomenon. So much so that according to research by Silvia Bellezza, a professor of marketing at Columbia Business School, “seeming busy and “a lack of leisure” has become a strange status symbol in today’s world. The conditioning to work all the time is

Compassion For Our Humanity—Slowing Down To See Each Other

Mindful self-awareness can be humbling and is best undertaken with a large dose of forgiveness and compassion. The more I peel the layers of the onion off my conditioning and behavior patterns that seem to be woven into the DNA of my being, the more I need to practice from the heart. Without this warm

A Weekend to Savor: Join me at Omega Institute June 24-26, 2022

Savor Every Bite is a book about possibility–the possibility of a life of happiness, beauty, and ease. It’s also about understanding the difficulties and painful emotions that we experience in life and how to navigate them with the skill of mindfulness. Join me at Omega Institute in beautiful upstate New York for a weekend of

I Am Resilient: 7 Steps for Adapting to Stress

One of my favorite songs at the moment is “I Am Resilient” by Rising Appalachia. I love the appeal to open our hearts and minds to the present and be willing to show up for ourselves in the middle of chaos. Even when we feel like we are too small to make a difference, if

Trust and Patience: Making the Difficult Times More Manageable

Recently, I was feeling despondent about a particular ongoing issue that I have had with my back for many years. I will find a treatment that helps for a while and then I am back to having regular problems again. Sometimes it gets me down and I can become a little frantic. Becoming frantic then

How Are You Partnering with Life? Make a New Beginning

I know you’ve heard that everything is changing all the time, change happens, and there is nothing but change. But, many people are fairly resistant to change. So, here’s another way of looking at it.  Change is life being rejuvenated in every moment. Or, change is you being rejuvenated in every moment. Yes, you have

Mindful Eating and Intuitive Eating – What’s the Difference?

People often ask about the difference between mindful eating and intuitive eating. This is a wonderful question that I have reflected on for many years. In my experience, I appreciate them as kindred spirits with practices that address the needs of the body in compassionate, caring ways and that complement and support each other. Knowing

There’s Still Time: Sign Up for Eat for Life

Want to learn how mindfulness can help you (a) be more resilient when difficult emotions arise, (b) relate differently to unhelpful thoughts, (c) eat in a way that honors your body and your taste buds, (d) love your body for the miracle it is, (e) love yourself, and (f) create a life of meaning and