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John Lee is a pioneer in the fields of self-help, anger, co-dependency, creativity, recovery, relationships and men’s issues. In the mental health field, he is considered the therapist’s therapist and regularly trains and mentors therapists on how to work with clients and how to work on themselves. He has taught his techniques and theories to […]

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Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food

As we approach the holiday season, we want to help ease your mind a bit and help you learn to free yourself of unhealthy habits when it comes to eating.  This Shambhala title explores the option of mindfulness to free ourselves from unhealthy eating habits.  Jan Chozen Bays, MD explains it all to us in this excerpt from Mindful Eating.

Our struggles with food cause tremendous emotional distress, including guilt, shame and depression. As a physician, I’ve also seen how our eating problems can lead to debilitating diseases and even to premature death. According to the US Department of Health, nearly 2 out of 3 American adults are overweight or obese. It’s also estimated that millions of Americans suffer from anorexia or bulimia. One could call this an epidemic of eating disorders, but I prefer to think of the problem as an increasingly unbalanced relationship to food.

One of the primary causes of this imbalance is a lack of an essential human nutrient, mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of paying full nonjudgmental attention to our moment to moment experience. This book explores how we can use mindfulness to free ourselves from unhealthy eating habits and improve our overall quality of life. Right now we’re in need of a fresh approach to our eating problems because the conventional methods aren’t working. Research shows that no matter what diet people undertake, no matter what kinds of food they stop or start eating, they lose an average of only 8 to 11 pounds and then gain it back in about a year. Only a few individuals are successful in losing a significant amount of weight and not regaining it. We can see that dieting is not the answer.

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Self Reinvention with Mark Matousek

Today we are pleased to bring to you an excerpt from "Self Reinvention" with Mark Matousek.  Learn to explore yourself, your truths and your desires. Make the creative choices as you grow and acquire your personal reward.

Dostoyevsky called man “the animal that can adapt to anything.” But instead of remembering this, we often make our life choices by default, taking the easy or well-traveled path, obeying the voices of practicality and conformity, over the siren call of freedom.

Clarity, focus and truth-telling are the only spotlights strong enough to dispel the fog of ambivalence and reveal the living shapes hiding there, the shapes of our own desires and many selves.

By asking ourselves which aspects of the self we wish to change, and being specific about our desires, we empower ourselves to make creative choices.


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