Tag: health

Growing food + community

Recently, I reflected upon how edible gardening’s many benefits extend well beyond mind/body health, and a sense of pleasure, efficacy, and empowerment, to directly impact the larger food system as well. Over the past five years, I’ve intentionally created a life that centers the… Continue Reading “Growing food + community”

Food, mindful eating, and social justice

For the past few weeks, I’ve been doing a deep dive into the mindful eating literature. Although much is familiar terrain after nearly two decades of studying, practicing, and teaching mindful eating, I was delighted to recently discover Mindful Eating for the Beloved Community:… Continue Reading “Food, mindful eating, and social justice”

Life is like a bucket of worms

A statement perhaps more apt during this past year (depending upon your experience of 2020, your perspective on our creepy-crawly garden friends, and/or whether you’re taken up gardening during the pandemic). Worms are essential players in our soil’s ecosystem, improving aeration and breaking down… Continue Reading “Life is like a bucket of worms”

Feast on your life

A favorite poem that I like to read aloud at the beginning of each year: Love After Love The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the… Continue Reading “Feast on your life”

Mindful eating for families

These days, many school-aged families are juggling remote learning schedules with other demanding work/life responsibilities, so finding time to enjoy regular meals together can be difficult. As the working parent of a fifth grader with special needs, I get it. Really, I do. The… Continue Reading “Mindful eating for families”

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,… Continue Reading “Choosing a compassionate response”

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,… Continue Reading “Available to watch now – intro to mindful eating”

A local therapeutic garden

This Memorial Day weekend I visited the Portland Memory Garden, a therapeutic garden designed for individuals experiencing memory disorders (and their caregivers), although the park is open to the general public as well. On the day that I visited, I noted that both elderly… Continue Reading “A local therapeutic garden”

Love in the grocery aisles: mindfulness and compassion

About eight years ago, I attended a brief women’s metta retreat. Following a weekend of meditation and near silence, re-entry back into the “real world” proved surprisingly difficult even though I’d participated in previous retreats. The challenge started once I left the rural retreat… Continue Reading “Love in the grocery aisles: mindfulness and compassion”

Mindfulness in nature – savoring sound

Sound is all around us, throughout our day. We encounter sounds that may be sweet or soothing, and occasionally, sounds that we might not want to hear. However, sounds provide information and help us navigate in, and connect with, our larger world. A growing… Continue Reading “Mindfulness in nature – savoring sound”