Tasting Mindfulness

Generating Hope in the Face of Difficult Times

Do you find yourself feeling a little a little blue, impatient, angry, sad, or lonely because of pandemic living? I’m right there with you. The Sunday after Thanksgiving was a grey day, and my mood was reflective of the color. The holidays had been small, but lovely, but the joy of being able to cook

Gratitude is a Practice: Five Steps for Cultivating Your Heart

Many things will be different this Thanksgiving, because it’s 2020! The most unbelievable things have happened this year, and limiting the number of people we spend Thanksgiving with is really just a small part of it. And, staying tucked safely at home with a very few people seems like a more than reasonable response to

The Path of Mindful Eating: Learning to Trust Yourself in 2021!

About midway through the Eat for Life class, Julie admitted that she had still been trying to eat by dieting rules while simultaneously trying to apply the principles of mindful eating. This strategy was obviously causing a great deal of conflict and mixed results. Upon further investigation, Julie realized the conflict was due to the

Divided We Stand: Can We Survive Our Differences?

One of the most promising things I witnessed this past weekend was a conversation between two young women—one was attending a Trump protest about the vote counting and the other one was carrying a “Make America Gay Again” sign.  They told the reporter that they have been having a good time talking to one another

Finding Your Center in the Storm

It’s election day, and I’m typing with one hand because of surgery on my fractured wrist last week. In case you’ve never tried, it makes typing quite slow and tedious. My current state of being and the election collide in metaphors and the need to simplify what I write today. The heavy sling on my

The Center for Mindful Eating – Annual Auction!

Join me in supporting The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) by bidding on products and services through their Annual Fundraising Auction, October 21-30, 2020. As the President of The Center for Mindful Eating, I am proud to be a part of an organization that has improved the lives of thousands of people who struggle with

Loving Everyone—Particularly The Ones You Don’t Want To

Loving others (particularly the ones you don’t want to) is a great strategy for increasing your own well-being. This recently became very clear to me when I noticed the suffering I had because of my judgment of someone I’ll call Charlotte (definitely not her name!). I don’t even know Charlotte personally, but she did something

Don’t Just Overcome The Odds—But Thrive as a Result

There is so much to be learned by his story about not just overcoming, but actually thriving against the odds. The two parts that stood out to me was the idea of finding new tools and opening to wisdom that had been inaccessible before.

“Unexpected” and “Unbelievable”: Two Words I Don’t Use Anymore

2020 will definitely go down in the history books as the year that turned our lives upside down. The pandemic has changed the way we work, the way we go to school, the way we socialize, the way we drive, the way we shop, and so much more.  Over 200,000 people have died from COVID.

Mindfulness Meets the Full Catastrophe: What sustains you during difficult times?

You might not have noticed, but my weekly blogging took a decided pause in the last few weeks. It seems like there was one catastrophe after the other in my life and it was hard to keep up emotionally, physically, and mentally. There was simply not the psychic energy to put words to paper. Sometimes