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warm-drink-786x524In the winter of 2005, I was a pre-doctoral psychology intern working at a college counseling center in a mid-sized town in the agricultural heartland of Oregon. I lived four counties away, and because we had a home (and pets) to care for, and my military spouse was recently stationed on the East Coast, I commuted a total of two hours each way. (Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds.)

Each weekday morning, I left our home before dawn, after I’d fed our two dogs and given them time to play in the backyard. I tried to make a game of it – how mindful could I be of the rising sun? Too often, I’d find myself lost in NPR or my own sleepy thoughts, only to blink, mid-commute, at the bright sky. (more…)

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20191201_124752It’s a relief to catch my breath after the frenetic pace of summer. Winter is a time of rest, both for the soil and for our bodies. Shorter days, cooler weather – an opportunity to slow down, go to bed earlier, take stock of the previous months and contemplate what lies ahead. Recently, however, I wandered outside to visit my neglected vegetable beds and reacquaint myself with my edible garden.

Around the yard, the bare limbs of our apple, pear, and hazelnut trees were outlined against a heavy gray sky. Much of the garden appeared dormant and yet life pulsed just below the surface. A few beds offered their remaining bounty – herbs, a lone rutabaga and kohlrabi hiding beneath an overgrown forest of aragula, a last row of leeks, a small patch of beets.

As usual, I’ve impressed with the hardiness of greens like kale and swiss chard, and how they often persevere through frost and snow.  Aren’t we all like this – surprising in our resilience? (more…)

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Hollywood winter farmers market 2019

Last Saturday, I visited the Hollywood Farmer’s Market (open every other week during the winter months) and feasted on the usual albeit smaller displays of local food, plants, and produce. From the Persephone Farm stand 

(http://www.persephonefarmoregon.com/), I purchased an aborscht.jpgssortment of beets, which I used to make my first homemade batch of borscht. Who doesn’t love a pot of hearty soup on a cold February evening? And the experience was especially meaningful as part of efforts to connect with my family’s Eastern European roots.

What personal connection can you make with food, in the coming week? Can you experiment with a new dish, or purchase produce directly from a local grower? Find a way to “lean in” that is congruent with your budget and lifestyle – it might be as simple as adding a new fresh herb (purchased from your nearest grocery store or snipped from a neighbor’s patio container – with their permission, of course!) to one of your meals. Or visiting one of the local winter farmer’s markets available throughout the Portland-metro area, and allowing time to savor, with all of the senses: http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/

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recommended books

Just a few of the texts I’m drawing from as I develop the online SAVOR for mind/body health program. Cultivate mindfulness, self-compassion, acceptance, and inner wisdom in the New Year.

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Why I love Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

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Why I love this series (or, at least, a few of the many, many reasons): (more…)

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image-header_long-e1447711621383This morning during a writing exercise, I found myself reflecting upon how frustrated I feel when I don’t have enough time for my creative projects. How painful it feels to start — only to end before I’m ready. Zooming out, I suspect that sometimes I might even avoid creative work because I don’t want to experience this uncomfortable, unpleasant dynamic.

Suddenly, I remembered words of advice that I share every day: I encourage others to show up and “savor” their experiences with food. We practice inhaling delicious aromas, gazing at our food, exploring texture, and holding it in our mouths to fully absorb flavors. By doing so, we experience the richness of each bite, each meal. We allow ourselves to feel more fully satisfied – and to discern what we like, or don’t like, and how our bodies receive these gifts, so we can make adjustments in the future.

So often, I forget that I can practice savoring many moments of my day. With food, and during other activities. I do remember to “show up” for some of the good stuff – a walk beneath a beautiful, smoke-free blue sky, for example; doing so fills me and helps to buffer difficult parts of my day. However, for those activities that I especially love (writing, as an other example) but experience with scarcity, I become fused to the story “not enough, not enough”….and miss what is happening, what is possible, even in the moment.

Is there an activity or connection in your life for which you desperately long? Can you experiment with showing up – with intention and curiosity – to its next occurrence, to explore what is available to you, even in a few brief bites?

 

 

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Sharing-meal-eating-habits_blogCheck out the NPR podcast, the Hidden Brain, interviewing a social scientist who has spent his career investigating our relationship with food.

https://www.npr.org/player/embed/618941407/619011338

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