Healthy Living

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Posted on May 21st, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Practice of Writing

Lara Tupper, guest blogger I used to teach writing full time at a huge state university. A lot of writers teach; a lot of writers, when not teaching, actually write. I was not one of them. I spent my free time either commenting on student work (“Why does this character choose to go to this […]

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Posted on May 13th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Meditation

In Through the Outdoors: The Gifts of Mindful Walking

“Everything—yourself, your community, your environment—is in a constant state of give and take,” says Steven Leonard in his R&R retreat workshop In Through the Outdoors. What better way to bring home that sense of interconnectedness than a mindful walk in nature? That’s the simple, powerful experience that Steven offers in this workshop—one that’s easy to […]

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Posted on May 8th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Turning Point: Lara Tupper

Lara Tupper, MFA, is the author of A Thousand and One Nights, a novel about singers at sea. Her work has appeared in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, The Believer, fivechapters.com, and other literary magazines. Lara taught writing at Rutgers University for nine years and now lives in the Berkshires, where she regularly presents […]

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Posted on April 27th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

A Gentler, Kinder Spring Detox

Spring has sprung! Kind of, sort of—well, just enough to get me in the mood to clear out the old, stale, winter energy and usher in some fresh air. This means combing through closets, the pantry, and recirculating stuff that no longer serves. It also means cleaning out me. Winter is an inherently stiller time—that […]

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Posted on April 22nd, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Joy of Eating

Almost right away, our teacher asks us to draw a “memorable food experience.” Nothing gets adults past their fear of anything, even drawing, faster than food. Gripping crayons passed around in paper cups, we sketch elaborate Thanksgiving tables, giant pots of comforting stew, and quite a few lobsters. When our teacher, Kripalu nutritionist Kathie Madonna […]

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Posted on April 5th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Healthy Eating: A Dance of Physiology, Emotion, and Habits

Often a guest will land in my office at Kripalu for a nutrition consult and say, “When I’m bad, I eat…” and rattle off his dietary “sins” in great detail. He’ll say, “And when I’m good, I eat…” and report a reasoned—even enlightened—diet in union with his ideals and body. For decades, willpower was thought […]

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Posted on April 4th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Science of Willpower

I saw a lovely young woman, whom I’ll call Cathy, in my office this week. She was there to discuss her inability to lose weight. After discussing the basics—and benefits—of a whole-foods diet, I recommended she meet regularly with a nutritionist. She shrugged and said, “My problem is willpower. I don’t have any—never did. That’s […]

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Posted on April 2nd, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Right Use of Will

Sustained, transformational change happens through the alchemy of mindfulness and the right use of will. In life, just as in yoga, you must start where you are before you can take the next step. Clearly, this is one of life’s greatest paradoxes, and it snags us every time. Our tendency is to work diligently to […]

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