I offer you this blog as a place to begin if you are new to mindfulness, and a place to return if you are a meditator who has fallen out of practice. We all face hardships that sometimes block us from our internal light. Please use this post to touch base with yourself and begin afresh. In this moment, you have everything necessary to live fully and truly.
A delicious yet simple greek recipe by Diane Kochilas, as presented at the Culinary Institute of America's 2012 Worlds of Healthy Flavors Retreat.
Eighty-three year old Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh travels the world teaching and remains vibrant, clear and energized. An integral part of his routine is mindful eating.
The monks, nuns and Thay sit together to eat mindfully and joyfully at every meal. This is a time of communion with the earth and all its inhabitants. As they serve themselves food, they see that the entire universe, (rain, sunshine, earth, air and love) is supporting their existence.
Food packaging and diet trends can be misleading. Marketing materials often lead us to believe that if we eat low-fat foods, we will be low fat too. But for many people, low-fat diets just don’t work.
‘Tis the season of kale. Famers along the west coast of America are harvesting this cool-weather crop right now.
In the powerful voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we hear suffering and strength. This combination is so truly human, it reaches through time and space to tug on our common thread and touch our hearts.
Do you find yourself stuck somewhere between making healthful New Year's intentions and implementing them? Mindfulness practice can help bridge this gap. When we are aware, we can change long-ingrained patterns without condemning or depriving ourselves.
As days roll on in the northern hemisphere, we’ll soon be welcoming winter. Until the solstice on December 21st, sunlight will continue to wane, reminding us that even the earth and sun are ever-changing.
In darkened nights we may enjoy our less-dominant senses: the slushing swish of cars driving past, the smell of steeping tea or simmering soup. Invite the dimming of sight and the calm of cold.
Let’s savor the stillness of early evenings, with thoughtful dinners and relaxation. We may share this time with loved ones, or choose to practice self-care.
1. Set an intention for this holiday season. It can be as broad or specific as you wish, but take a moment to consider how you’d like to spend this time and where you want to focus your time and energy. This simple action creates awareness, and will help you prioritize.