6 Guidelines for Mindful Eating

The holiday season in the US is a season of feasting.  We simultaneously feel entitled to eat more cookies in December than we ate during the entire year while also feeling guilty for our overindulgence, which inevitably leads to the surge of gym memberships come January.   This complex winter holiday pattern isn’t solely a cultural…

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Don’t Look for God in A Story

I found myself startled  in the 20th chapter, of Yuval Noah Harari’s book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.  The chapter was titled “Meaning”, and in it, Harari explains the human tendency to create meaning through stories and how this kind of thinking is flawed.  He begins with the fact that we are story-telling animals…

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Stop being Holy and Other Taoist Wisdom

I remember feeling particularly disgusted with myself one day, reprimanding myself for not fostering children, not volunteering at the school, not participating in the neighborhood association, not being charitable enough.  Serendipitously, this Taoist text showed up in my life that very day. It read:    Stop being holy, forget being prudent It’ll be a hundred…

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7 Types of Hunger: How to Practice Mindful Eating

Who’s hungry in there?  You just had a delicious lunch and you’re feeling full and happy, but then you smell your kid’s french fries that they’re still working on, so you snatch a few and start munching.  That’s nose hunger.  Or maybe you’re trying to save your appetite for the dinner party at your friend’s…

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