Fortunately, there is a way to resolve the mind/body split, which I’ve been discussing the past few weeks. How? By simply bringing awareness to the body. Bringing awareness to the body is often done by scanning the body gradually with your awareness. Thus...
This week we’ll continue exploring the “mind/body split,” and its effects on your eating. None of us were born with a split between mind and body. Every baby and most young children are naturally and spontaneously in touch with the body. They know...
This week I’ll continue with the theme I’ve been exploring recently – the importance of bodily awareness in overcoming compulsive eating. Almost all of us are disassociated from the body to some extent. James Joyce put this tendency memorably in one of his...
For several important reasons, the body is the ideal doorway into mindful eating and mindfulness meditation, the two primary ingredients of the Mindfulness Diet. For one, the body is the origin of our experience of hunger and satiety. The body is also important to...
In addition to being mindful as you eat, your relationship to food will be transformed by becoming mindful of your body, thoughts, and emotions. This is most easily learned during periods of meditation. What is meditation? It’s simply time intentionally used to...
Last week I discussed the importance of cultivating lovingkindness on the path to mindful and intuitive eating. And now, even the mainstream media is taking notice of this truth. As discussed in a New York Times article last year, lovingkindness, or...
"When I eat mindfully I enjoy and notice the flavors of the food more and ultimately eat less. I found this true particularly when I have 'sweet' cravings! Thank you so much!"
"I'm seeing huge progress in reconnecting to my body and what it feels like to have eaten too much."
"I've lost about 10 pounds without of lot of pain – just making healthy choices."
"There have been several days now that I'm mindful and choosing not to overeat! I've also been making more of a connection with how my body feels – and noticing how much better it feels without the cookies."
"The Mindfulness Diet has slowed me down and I feel like preparing dinner in a more leisurely way, and am able to eat more mindfully. Consequently, the evening snacking is lessening."
"I am getting more patient and mindful in my approach to myself and my relationship to food."
"My wife told me that since I began The Mindfulness Diet, the sizes of my portions have been cut in half and I eat much more slowly."
"I lost 7 pounds and changed my views about eating in a very stress-free, beneficial way."
"I have not eaten the same way since learning to eat mindfully."
"The Mindfulness Diet course was a life-changing experience! For five decades I have craved and eaten far too many sweets. My weight and self-esteem suffered. I would eat fabulous whole foods, grown by local, sustainable farmers at every meal. Yet, for some unexplained reason, I would eat large quantities of sweets, regardless of how full my tummy was! The Mindfulness Diet has enabled me to focus on the moment, to be present with my feelings. I am recognizing the reasons I crave sweets and no longer crave them. For the first time in my memory I do not think about food! I have a sense of calm and peacefulness as I go about my day. I feel engaged in my daily activities and am fulfilled by them. In short, I feel happy, peaceful, calm and satisfied."
"Doug, I'd like to say that I think you are a wonderful teacher. It is truly a gift to teach others any discipline. So many people in life may be content experts and/or exhibit enthusiasm for an area—but being able to teach it to others is indeed rare."
What students in Doug's live mindfulness classes say:
"It has begun a transformation in my life that I did not expect."
"[Doug] exudes a peaceful mindfulness that inspires me to continue practicing."
"Doug is very knowledgeable on the topic but is great at explaining to novices."
"The course has, already in significant ways, changed me. I see myself more clearly; I am, for the first time, hopeful (even confident) that I can learn to be an effective meditator, and I can see that my perceptions of others are deeper and more helpful to me in my dealings with them. I loved this class. Doug is an outstanding teacher."
"The best and most important class I have ever taken."
"Please continue to offer this course, it has been thoroughly enjoyable and unbelievably informative. It is definitely one of the best classes I have ever taken."
"This course was incredibly beneficial. Apart from improving the actual practice of meditation, this course offered the opportunity to discuss profound and important topics critical to living a better life."
"Honestly I think it may have changed my life."
"[Doug] put in a lot of effort and showed a lot of devotion to students. He has obvious passion. I loved this class!"
"Doug's guidance in meditation was great."
"Doug really pushed for self-discovery through the course material and openly welcomed discussion. I never felt like I was being judged for what I had to say."
"I loved this course and felt that I grew a lot personally and spiritually."
"The strongest aspect was the knowledge gained about myself and the world around me that was found by being present. The experiences and discussions in class and the time spent in meditation were extremely helpful to finding this all out, and would not be traded. I have learned a great deal."
"The most influential class I took this spring, and the most relevant to life. This is what a learning environment should be."
"One of the best classes I've taken. I learned a lot, and it really meant a lot to me."
"It is the best course I have ever taken. I wish it went all year. Best class I've ever taken. Truly."
"Doug is very enthusiastic about the course, and it was contagious."
"The instructor was the highlight of the course. He was intelligent and knowledgeable, kind and sincere."
"Never in any other course have I learned so much in so little time."