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Mindful Eating: Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

Eating is Yoga


The Sanskrit root of the word “yoga” means “to yoke.” Therefore, yoga is literally union. In truth, all of your existence is yoga. You are made of this world. You depend on this world. If this world ends— locally or globally—you end too. There is no absolute self-sufficiency, and therefore no stand-alone self. All separation is relative, a trick of the mind. Untrick yourself at your next meal. Recognize that...
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Mindful Eating: Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

A Seed of Awareness


Botanically, a seed is not the potential for life; it’s already a life—a tiny plant life with a lunch box of its own food, awaiting a journey of life. In my book The Lotus Effect (2010), I shared a story about 1,300-year-old lotus seeds that managed to germinate and grow when given a chance.

Eat a handful of seeds to meditate on how innocently your metabolic...
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Mindful Eating: Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

Disconnecting Through Eating


Breaking bread with someone is a form of intimacy. But eating can also alienate. As Lucille Schulberg wrote in Historic India, “A primary impulse behind the caste system was probably the fear of spiritual pollution through food” (1968, 140):
[The Indians believed that] the mana, or ‘soul-stuff’ of human beings was the same as the soul-stuff of food, especially vegeta- ble food. Unbroken cereal food—grasses growing...
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A Bite of Knowledge from a Tree of Mindful Eating


When you eat a fruit, such as an apple, you are stepping—wittingly or unwittingly—into someone else’s reproductive cycle, becoming involved in a kind of ménage à trois with a tree and Earth in a life-giving project.

In fact, when you eat a piece of fruit, you are literally eating a plant-based sex organ. A fruit, botanically speaking, is a sexually active part of a flowering plant. When you...
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Craving Control: Controlling By Letting Go of Control


Mindfulness involves two essential mechanisms: applying a certain kind of attention and practicing disidentification.

Attention can be active or passive: that of an active observer or that of an uninvolved witness. This distinction is easy to understand through contrasting such verbs as “to look” versus “to see.” “To look” implies an active visual scanning, a kind of goal-oriented visual activity. “To see” implies nothing other than a fact of visual registration....
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Taste of Longevity: Long Life is Sweet

Fascinating new research:

"Bitter tastes could have negative effects on lifespan, sweet tastes had positive effects," reports Science Daily.  At least, in fruit flies.

Michael Waterson, a graduate student in U-M's Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, explains: "Findings help us better understand the influence of sensory signals, which we now know not only tune an organism into its environment but also cause substantial changes in physiology that affect overall health and longevity. We need further...
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Mindful Eating: Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

Eat With Your Eyes Closed


Close your eyes to see—with the mind’s eye of mindfulness—what you are eating.

Mindfulness is a kind of “super-vision" because it allows you to see with the eyes shut.

Mindfulness "over-sees"... and, thus, serves as a platform for self-control.

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Adapted from "Reinventing the Meal" (Somov, New Harbinger, 2012)

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Managing Overeating: The Art of Homework

The focus on wellness, particularly on the management of overeating, in therapy can be a double-edged sword.  While clients often readily embrace the vector of self-care, goal-specific treatment planning and clinical homework can trigger the games of avoidance.  Suddenly, the validating therapist is thrown into the role of a wellness expert and becomes an accountability check.

Before too long, mere inquiry into the client’s progress runs a discordant parallel to punitive supervision.  With this actual or...
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