Category Archives: self-compassion

Sign Up Now! Eat for Life Changes Everything

Greetings! Enrollment for the next online Eat for Life classes is now open for the Winter Session. Eat for Life is a 10-week mindfulness-based intuitive eating program designed to help you develop a loving and kind relationship with your food and your body. Research on the program has demonstrated its success at helping people increase

The Heart of Mindfulness – Remembering the Key Components of Practice

Teaching mindfulness to beginners for many years, I’ve learned that people tend to focus on certain aspects of the teaching and forget or have a harder time grasping others. Specifically, people focus on the “being present” part of mindfulness but quickly forget both the intention and the heart qualities of kindness, compassion, and nonjudgment that

Ask for What You Want: Six Steps to Free Speech

I was not raised in an environment where conflict was encouraged. When conflict did arise, particularly in the power dynamic of father and child, it did not go well. I did not have the skills to engage in meaningful conversation during conflict and I resorted to anger and rebellion. My father did not have the

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

Let Mindfulness Guide Your Intentions in 2021!

One a recent walk with a friend, she asked me if I had made any New Year’s Resolutions. She’s known me long enough to know that the answer was “no” before I even answered. I have a little bit of an aversion to the typical New Year’s resolutions, because they often seem based on rigid