Tagged with presence

Pass the Peace Please

Pass the Peace Please

For many of us overeating can be an effective, albeit harmful, strategy to fight time. I have often used food to prolong an experience: such as stretching out an enjoyable dinner with my husband by taking an extra helping, or to procrastinate another less enjoyable kind of experience: such when I stop by the kitchen … Continue reading

The Avocado Go-Ahead

The Avocado Go-Ahead

When I listen to my body I realize that, despite what hundreds of diet experts say, I am not actually hungry for food first thing in the morning. I don’t usually get hungry until about three or four hours after I awaken. How many times have I forced myself to cram in a bagel on … Continue reading

My Braided Being

My Braided Being

There is a concept within Tibetan Buddhism that every person has three levels of being: the inner, outer and the secret being. The outer being refers to the physical self, the body. The inner being is the thinking mind which includes the ego, self-identify, feelings, and memories etc. The secret being is considered the essential … Continue reading

Sipping the Moment

Sipping the Moment

For so long the prospect of losing weight was the illusive solution to every problem. I was convinced that having that thin body of my dreams would offer better relationships, more success, more opportunities; to me it was like the holy grail of happiness.  I no longer see weight loss as carrying the power that … Continue reading

Strands in a Web

Strands in a Web

A cornerstone in my broken relationship with my body was to obsessively compare my body to the bodies of others and extrapolate all kinds of false stories on whatever observation I held.  For example, if I compared myself to someone who I perceived to have a “better” body, I would determine that they must be … Continue reading

Food as a Doorway

Food as a Doorway

In my history of dieting it felt like every time I would go off plan it was an excuse to count my whole day, sometimes my whole week, as a write off. I would tell myself that I could start again tomorrow next week. I would then be free and engage in an overeating ritual that was … Continue reading

Decision Mid-Bite

Decision Mid-Bite

There is power in realizing that once you deeply know something that knowledge cannot be undone. Once we are even just a little practiced in mindful eating, once we experience how different our relationship with food can be, we are then equipped with the power of that knowledge. Even when we unconsciously (or consciously) decide … Continue reading

The “yoga-body” barrier

The “yoga-body” barrier

Yoga is more than a very trendy way to work out while sporting our new LuLu. It can be a very powerful mechanism for experiencing our own body. For many years when I heard yoga I looked the other way. It just didn’t seem like it could possibly be for a heavy, uncoordinated body like … Continue reading

Beauty at the Core

Beauty at the Core

The wonderful thing about learning to stop the incessent chatter in our minds and becoming present in the moment is that in an instant we are returned to who we actually are. Babies and very young children are completely present and awake to their surroundings, they are fully themselves. However as we grow, this becomes obscured by layers … Continue reading

Gratitude for the Gift

Gratitude for the Gift

Name a diet and I have tried it. I have belonged to Weight Watchers in 3 different countries over 3 different decades,  I have tried the Zone, Atkins, Slimfast, NutriSystem, Herbalife and many, many others. All of them worked…for a while. Then that inevitable day would come when I would find myself on my second … Continue reading