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Shame and Illness

I think shame is a key unspoken, unexplored factor in how we deal with illness. I listened to 2 great TED talks from Brene Brown about shame and vulnerability. Her first talk on vulnerability went viral and she followed with … Continue reading

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Recovery is as much about living fully as it is about healing whatever physical part of us needs healing. I believe recovery is more about emotional healing than about physical healing. Physical healing (in some form-not always the form we … Continue reading

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between the buddha’s feet

In spiritual life there is no room for compromise. Awakening is not negotiable; we cannot hold on to things that please us while relinquishing things that do not matter to us. A lukewarm yearning to awaken is not enough to … Continue reading

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Tea

These were on my drawing table today as I navigated the MA subsidized health care system. A much-needed calm, beautiful image since the process is stressful. The problem is, things happen without anyone telling the client/patient/me, that they are happening. … Continue reading

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Sketchbook

I have been busy developing curriculum, and preparing for presentations (a little nerve-wracking) and all that goes with that- but I could be sharing work from my other daily practices instead of disappearing! So here is a page from my … Continue reading

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Peace

Sid demonstrating the peaceful cat yoga pose.

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Aware of a bad habit but doing it anyway…

Recently a friend and I were discussing something we both do–when faced with the possibility of engaging in in a “bad” habit, like eating another piece of cake, taking another drink etc. we’re “aware” of what we’re about to but … Continue reading

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The anti-Power Point Presentation

On May 7th I gave my first talk on mindfulness and health, Navigating the Twinkie Moment: How to Change Your Relationship to Food & Eating, at the Greenfield YMCA, MA. I practiced speaking in front of a mirror and diligently … Continue reading

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Scones

In my 20’s, in my full-blown compulsive eating and bulimia phase, scones and muffins were at the top of my food list. They were binge foods as well as on the daily menu. I loved them with a cup of … Continue reading

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Love is a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or at Least That’s What I Thought

A while ago, when writing about my style of cooking, I said it was “utilitarian,” meaning purely functional, without emotion–prep, cook, wash up with all speed and efficiency. When I wrote that, I was thinking about famous chefs and gourmands … Continue reading

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