Category Archives: self-compassion

You Have to Be Present to Win! – The Way to Reclaim Your Life

Are you frozen in time? You get frozen in time by thinking about the past–regretting, holding on, or not forgiving. Or maybe you are speculating about the future, worrying about what might happen, fearing the unknown, or trying to plan for the unknowable.  Or you’re in the present but frozen with uncertainty, afraid of taking

Messages From the Heart: Listening to Your Inner Wisdom

January is replete with messages on how to improve yourself with new exercise routines, meditation/yoga courses, and dieting/weight loss advice. Of course, we know from experience and from the data that traditional New Year’s resolutions often last less than the month in which they were made. But year after year people jump on board and

Tis the Season to Be More Loving

Here is one version of the season: Tis the season to buy stuff during Black Friday and Cyber Monday (thank goodness that’s over!), the season to go to parties and eat and drink too much, the season to then worry about how much you ate and drank and feel bad about it, the season to

Adapting to Autumn: Three Transformational Practices for the Season

Among the ancient healing modalities found in Energy Medicine, the theories and practices of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are front and center. As a psychologist, it is the study of the Five Elements from TCM which I have found most fascinating. While I learned many theories of personality in my psychology training, I have learned

Eat for Life 10-Week Program: Learn to eat mindfully, love your body and live with joy

Mindful eating changes how you eat, how you respond to emotions and thoughts, and how you approach your entire life. Some people who take the class have difficulty with emotional eating and body image, some have been diagnosed with eating disorders, some are professionals wanting to teach mindful eating, and some are people who are

A Weekend to Savor: Join me at Omega Institute June 24-26, 2022

Savor Every Bite is a book about possibility–the possibility of a life of happiness, beauty, and ease. It’s also about understanding the difficulties and painful emotions that we experience in life and how to navigate them with the skill of mindfulness. Join me at Omega Institute in beautiful upstate New York for a weekend of

Sign Up Now! Eat for Life Changes Everything

Greetings! Enrollment for the next online Eat for Life classes is now open for the Winter Session. Eat for Life is a 10-week mindfulness-based intuitive eating program designed to help you develop a loving and kind relationship with your food and your body. Research on the program has demonstrated its success at helping people increase

The Heart of Mindfulness – Remembering the Key Components of Practice

Teaching mindfulness to beginners for many years, I’ve learned that people tend to focus on certain aspects of the teaching and forget or have a harder time grasping others. Specifically, people focus on the “being present” part of mindfulness but quickly forget both the intention and the heart qualities of kindness, compassion, and nonjudgment that

Ask for What You Want: Six Steps to Free Speech

I was not raised in an environment where conflict was encouraged. When conflict did arise, particularly in the power dynamic of father and child, it did not go well. I did not have the skills to engage in meaningful conversation during conflict and I resorted to anger and rebellion. My father did not have the

Acceptance – The First Step on the Road to Freedom

Acceptance is a term that is used a lot in yoga and Buddhist circles but often causes a lot of confusion. The confusion stems from (a) a misunderstanding of what it does and does not mean and (b) how difficult it can be to change our habitual resistance to the unpleasant moments in our lives.