Feast on your life

In an episode of On Being, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction founder Jon Kabat-Zinn (one of my first teachers as a new mindfulness-based psychotherapist) reads aloud Feast on Your Life, by the acclaimed poet Derek Walcott.

I thought of this poem while I making final updates to my Mindful Eating presentation for the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association’s annual conference tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy the poem. Better yet, please savor it. Remember to “take in the good,” including self-compassion, in all areas of your life – including with food.

Savor the body in movement

How do you find opportunities to move when you’re sequestered inside due to wildfire smoke or other weather events? During times like these, it’s helpful to get creative. As I’ve previously said in sessions with psychotherapy clients, we need to defuse the dreaded “e-word” of exercise (and its shame-filled baggage) and find pleasurable, mindful ways to move our bodies. To simply savor that we have bodies to move, and to give our precious bodies a brief reprieve from a life filled with so much sitting in front of screens.

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Choosing a compassionate response

I’ve posted this quote from Viktor Frankl previously, and as someone who worked as a mindfulness-based psychotherapst for eighteen years, his words come to mind again and again. Especially now. We can’t control or deny (nor should we) the many stressful events of 2020, but we can choose our response.

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Available to watch now – intro to mindful eating

From last week’s webinar, a 30-minute introduction to mindful eating, which includes a guided exercise. Freely offered. Please enjoy and share as appropriate.

If you haven’t visited the SAVOR Project on Instagram, please consider following me on that platform. In the future, I’ll continue to decrease my Facebook presence but share free (or occasionally, low-cost) resources via this blog and on my IG feed.

Stay safe and well, friends.

Happening NOW – SAVOR Thursdays

Wow, two posts in one day! That’s a record. Read on for a new opportunity starting….tomorrow! Yes, this very week. As in Thursday, September 3, 2020.

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Don’t miss the CHTA conference (online)

Hello, friends. If you’re interested in therapeutic horticulture or horticultural therapy – or just curious about why you feel so good when you dig your fingers into the soil or grow your own food, do consider attending the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association’s annual conference, available online this year. This year’s focus is “Seeds of Change – Cultivating Resilience in Ourselves and Others.”

I’ll present on Day 1 and there’s an impressive line-up of speakers, including Florence Williams, the author of The Nature Fix. And many others! I’ve just learned that even if you can’t attend each session real-time, you’ll have up to a month post-conference to check out (or review) your favorite sessions. Visit this link to register for individual days or the whole three day conference.

Happy end-of-summer edible gardening, everyone. Get outside (or touch nature in some small way) as much as you can.

A month in pictures – July 2020

Yep, I’m playing a bit of catch up. At the end of each month, I’m going to post a kind of pictorial “month in review.” Images that speak to and for me, as it relates to savoring our relationship with food. Here’s July. August is coming soon.

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It’s Not Just You: Pandemic Depression is Real

The first step is acknowledging what we’re collectively experiencing, although our individual experiences and histories do vary. Sharing this article, and check out the additional self-care tips I’ll recommend on my Instagram and Facebook feeds in coming days (as a soon-to-be-fully-retired clinical psychologist but still an ongoing health educator), if you don’t have other resources.

Take good care and be kind to your suffering selves, friends.

Beyond this bite: Mindful Eating, Food Literacy, and Therapeutic Horticulture

In earlier posts, I’ve unpacked the definition of mindful eating as it relates to our personal experience and the larger food system, briefly discussed the concept of food literacy, and encouraged us all to play with growing our own food – whether it’s on a window sill, in a patio container, or in a front yard garden. In addition, be sure to visit the Resources page for links on all of these topics, and check back frequently for updates.

I’ve spent much of the past twenty years introducing group and individual psychotherapy clients to mindful eating education and in my free time, digging deeply into my own edible gardens. In early Fall 2020, I’ll be releasing the first of a series of low-cost educational videos on topics about which I’m deeply passionate. We’ll begin with Beyond This Bite: Mindful Eating, Food Literacy, and Therapeutic Horticulture.

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Still I rise

Today I yield this blog to the Congresswoman from the 14th District of NYC, and her sisters of color in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Barbara Lee referenced a verse from this famous Maya Angelou poem and during these difficult times, I think we can all find solace and inspiration within it.

You can read the poem in its entirety here.