Seven Appetites That Yearn to be Fed: Bringing Mindfulness to Our Relationship With Food

Physician, Zen priest and mindfulness teacher Dr. Jan Chozen Bays is profiled in the Huffington Post for her work around mindful eating. Drawing on a wealth of background and training, Jan has written Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. This brief article highlights the key aspects of Chozen Bays’ approach that is deeply informed by mindfulness and meditation practice.

The article nicely highlights Dr. Chozen Bays’ approach to understanding the relationship we have with food. She “describes seven appetites longing to be fed: the hunger of the eye, nose, mouth, stomach, cellular, mind and heart.” This is covered in the book, but as she notes in this article ” there is a world of difference between reading about mindful eating, listening to a CD about mindful eating and actually experiencing mindful eating.”

Jan and her colleague Char Wilkins, LCSW, will be presenting a 2-day professional workshop in June in San Diego entitled Mindful Eating: Tasting Satisfaction and a 5-day professional training retreat entitled Mindful Eating, Conscious Living in October 2011, both through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.

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