Tasting Mindfulness

Living (and Thriving) in a Changing World

Change is happening. Open your mind and get curious with all the kindness and compassion you can muster. Apply this instruction to any situation you find yourself in. In fact, it could be a mission statement for life. In the Buddhist texts, it is called understanding and knowing the truth of  “impermanence”–an important lesson on

2020 World Mindful Eating Month – Join us Now!

I went to two local health food stores over the weekend and they were both out of cauliflower! This seemed a little odd to me. When I told the cashier, she said since the beginning of the year they had been having a big rush on vegetables! “They are probably making cauliflower mashed potatoes,” she

Introduction to Meditation Begins Tuesday, January 7, from 7 – 8:00 p.m.

I can still clearly remember the day back in 1997 when I set the intention to deepen my meditation practice. I was sitting in a Quaker church in the middle of an Iowa cornfield at A Course In Miracles retreat led by Tara Singh, a deeply inspiring teacher from India who had spent three years

World Mindful Eating Month–Free Sign Up Now!

Getting ready for your obligatory diet in January? Well, I have an alternative for you that I think you’ll like better. Even if you ate more than you usually do during the holidays (which is true for most of us and for good reason!), there is a much better way to approach January than a

Love For No Reason

As many of you heard, Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) died yesterday at the age of 88. He was a beacon of light and love for thousands of people seeking to discover or reclaim their spiritual identify beyond or within institutional religion. He wrote and taught about love in a deeply connected way. Here is

Meditation Matters

I was rushing around this morning to get to my mammogram appointment, and I was running late (which I don’t like to do). When I arrived at the window I was told I was actually 45 minutes early!! I had 45 minutes to wait and I’d rushed out of the house so fast that I

Won’t you be my neighbor?

We live in a world that seems more divisive, abusive, distracted, and busier  than ever. These four things—strong disagreements, harsh language, mindlessness, and lack of time—are potent ingredients for misunderstanding, fear, anger, and even hate. These are obviously not qualities that engender positive, sympathetic relationships between people. Divisions are found everywhere–within politics, genders, races, sexual

Ride the Waves of Pleasure and Pain

Last week I tweaked my hip and back during a workout at the gym and was experiencing some ongoing discomfort for a few days. While I was focusing on the pain, I remembered an important teaching that I learned years ago and wanted to share it with you. It has been extremely helpful through a

Calming Rituals for the Holidays

Do you think of “calm” and “holidays” in the same sentence? Probably not. In fact, often the holiday season becomes filled with obligations, unmet expectations and stressful demands. The American Psychological Association reports that holiday stress has a particular impact on women, due to their tendency to take on much of the responsibility for preparing

Mindful Eating for the Holidays! — Not Your Ordinary Tips

This holiday, make the season bright by enjoying your food without guilt and showing up in your holiday best. Mindful eating can help you have your holidays and your holiday food, too.  These holiday tips are not your usual “show up for the party full so you won’t be tempted with goodies” and “drink lots