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 SAVOR Thursdays 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 โ€“ Cultivating Resilience in Ourselves and Others.โ€

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.

Finally, belatedly, sometime during Summer 2021 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. If you aren’t following my blog already, please do so (look for the link at the bottom) so you receive the announcement once I’m FINALLY finished with this educational video.

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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.

Ally vs Accomplice, in the plant world

Repost: I really appreciate this image shared today via social media by the Equitable Giving Circle and @BrittHawthorne. I’ll admit – there’s a reason I’m a gardener. I’m all about the eye sense and I’ve always been a hard-core visual learner. I know that we can’t reduce complex topics like antiracism into cute little pixels but I find it tremendously helpful to visually check in and to “check” ourselves as we move forward in our individual + collective antiracism work.

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