I’ve been on a kind of sabbatical from blogging on PsychCentral since last summer, busy with finishing my latest self-help project which is called Reinventing the Meal: How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating.  The book is to be published by New Harbinger and is due out in September 2012.  In a separate post, I will share the foreword by Donald Altman, a former Buddhist monk and the author of One Minute Mindfulness and Meal by Meal.

In the meantime, allow me to introduce my new co-blogger, Marla Somova, Ph.D.  Last year, she and I co-authored the recently released Smoke Free Smoke Break: Stop Smoking Now With Mindfulness and Acceptance.  A few words from her…

Greetings PsychCentral readers and fellow bloggers, and welcome to the new and improved 365 Degrees of Mindful Living blog.  I am pleased to be joining my co-author and spouse, Pavel, in helping bring more awareness and mindful practice to many areas of your life.  We hope that this blog will be a place to discuss and learn about habits both good and bad as well as relationships with the people and things that shape your experience of yourself and the world.

A little about myself:  As a counseling psychologist with more than 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and groups, I have come to believe that increasing awareness and mindfulness is one of the most effective ways of bringing about lasting change.  In addition to private practice, I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, where I teach graduate students who are aspiring counselors and psychologists.

One of the things I love most about teaching is the opportunity to continue learning through conversation about what makes us human, what helps us live our most fulfilling lives, and what allows us to make the changes we want to make.  I invite you to join us in conversation here on PsychCentral.

In the weeks to come, we hope to begin by sharing some of our thoughts about how mindfulness can be a tool for smoking cessation.  Some posts will be by Pavel, some by me, and some will be a joint venture.  While our writing styles differ, we share the common goal of interrupting what Pavel calls the “zombie mind” and what I call “living on autopilot.”

Pavel & Marla

P.S.  just to alleviate any confusion and to assure you that we know how to spell our own names… yes, Marla’s last name has an “a” on  the end and Pavel’s does not.  It’s a Russian grammar thing.

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