Regret and the Fear of Letting Go: Part 3 of Over-Eating, Hoarding and Shopping Addiction

1457022421ab8br After I went on a clutter purge, I felt incredibly vulnerable. I was shocked that discarding could have the emotional charge that it did. I had all sorts of phrases circulating around my mind that were all filled with "what if...", "but maybe...", "suppose I need to..." and the all-pervasive "what if I regret it?"

Mental Health – Tools for the Emotional Body (continued)

In the first part of this article I talked about the importance that acknowledging our feelings, journalling, gratitude and socializing plays in our mental health. Below are some other tools and habits. Of course trying to incorporate them all at once would be contrary to mental health. Ask yourself which ones might create more meaning … Continue reading Mental Health – Tools for the Emotional Body (continued)

Eating Well During the Holidays – Getting to the Root of the Matter

Despite the positive associations that the media portrays about the holiday season, the holidays can be an incredibly stressful time. Between the shopping, spending and socializing with loved ones, as well with those who rub us the wrong way, the holidays can bring out our worst. While most of us manage not to ‘act out’, … Continue reading Eating Well During the Holidays – Getting to the Root of the Matter

An Anti-Anxiety Tool Kit – A Holistic Approach

It is important to know that while anxiety and depression are both undesirable states, anxiety is in fact considered the opposite of depression. Anxiety is a high energy, wired state while depression lacks all motivation and energy. Some individuals experience both, but many others are more prone to one or the other. According to mental … Continue reading An Anti-Anxiety Tool Kit – A Holistic Approach

Replace Overeating with Conscious Eating – Press the Pause Button

1) Eat slowly – This is the key to mindful eating for so many reasons. Eating slowly not only decreases the amount of food you are eating and enables you to feel full on less, but it also enables improved digestion because your body is in a more relaxed state. Eating quickly stimulates your parasympathetic … Continue reading Replace Overeating with Conscious Eating – Press the Pause Button

Mindful Mealtime Practices

In my last two posts I talked about the importance of mindful eating as well as the importance of being compassionate with ourselves as eating healthy becomes a practice instead of a quest for perfection. Eating mindfully, helps us to slow down which in turn makes us more conscious of what and how much we … Continue reading Mindful Mealtime Practices

The ‘Practice-Not-Perfection’ Diet

As you become more mindful you might start to notice that after talking to a particular family member or after a hard day at work you tend to overeat dinner. In these instances we do not give even a second thought to how much we are eating or even what we are eating. I often … Continue reading The ‘Practice-Not-Perfection’ Diet

Mindful Eating: Your Relationship with Food, Your Waistline and Your Health

Eating is a spiritual practice. Traditionally, people recognized the sacredness of food and eating. Sacred often has a religious connotation but according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary it means ‘entitled to reverence’ and ‘highly valued’. In the past food was not readily available and required a great amount of energy to obtain: planting, cultivating, harvesting as … Continue reading Mindful Eating: Your Relationship with Food, Your Waistline and Your Health

Mind Traps and Ego Trips in Meditation

The mind, or the ego, is powerful. It does not want to be trained or reigned in. It is our ego that resists meditating. It is a common experience to start meditating for a period of time and then decide that it is not that important and to quit.  You will likely notice during a … Continue reading Mind Traps and Ego Trips in Meditation

Types of Meditation

There are countless ways to meditate. However, for a beginner there are a few recommended ways to begin the process of training one’s mind. To begin, one should set their intention and remind themselves of why they want to have a meditation practice. They can either sit with closed eyes. Once you are in position … Continue reading Types of Meditation