Eat each bite slowly, as if heaven existed right here, right now, and you deserve to experience it.
By Geneen Roth When my friend Ed wanted to stop smoking, a Zen master told him that he needed to love smoking first. “Create a ritual each time you smoke,” the teacher said. “Take a cigarette and wrap it in a beautiful cloth. Go to a quiet place where you can be alone […]
Love, Loss, and What I Ate
By Geneen Roth When I was a child, I loved my father so much that I was convinced that when he died, I would die. Even after I got married, I continued to believe that my father was the one person who loved me unconditionally, and that without him, love would disappear. When he was […]
Suffering and Wanting
I heard a talk recently about the Bhagavad Gita, which is an ancient Hindu teaching. And in it, Krishna, who is a representation of an illuminated being, says that there are several reasons why people change. One is suffering. Another is that we want something. We want to be thin and we’re not. We want […]
I’ll tell you a story in my own life about something that’s changed recently. I was—and have been for 62 years—really late for everything. For a very long time, I’ve either been just two or three or four minutes late meeting a friend or going out to dinner. Or I’d be rushed and on time, […]
On Retreat with Geneen
November 8-13, 2016
Pacific Grove, CA
What happens at a retreat — when you are away from your day-to-day life — is an unfolding that cannot happen or would take years longer to happen otherwise. After a few days, the membrane that separates you from yourself and your deepest longings begins to dissolve … and you move into the life you long for.
Free Talk with Geneen – Encore Replay – Trust Yourself with Food
Thurs., Oct. 8
6 pm Pacific / 9 pm Eastern
After Geneen’s last live call a few weeks ago about the importance of not judging yourself, Geneen realized that it’s equally important to speak about the act of cherishing yourself. Of living your life — right now, not waiting, and no matter what — with ease and lightness and joy. So, on Thursday, October 8th during a live free call, Geneen will talk about cherishing yourself in your daily life. What it looks like, feels like, and what you can do to dissolve old, non-deserving beliefs. You deserve that kind of tenderness. Now. Click to register for this free live call.
The World is On Your Plate
This powerful eating meditation illustrates how to stay in the present moment, as Geneen guides you to confront the super ego, defending against and disengaging from The Voice. Learn to stop the war within … and find peace in your relationship with food.
The GPS from the Twilight Zone
The biggest obstacle to transformation is the critic in your head telling you it’s impossible. What’s the point? It says. You’ve always been like this; you’ll always be like this. No one ever really changes. Might as well eat. By the way, what were you thinking when you wore those pants today? People have called this inner commentator the superego, the internalized parent, the inner critic. I call it simply The Voice. […]
The Big Life
When I was younger (well, really, until two years ago) the ordinary sounded boring. Just the word “ordinary” made me feel cranky, as if I was being sentenced to a lifetime of wearing faded brown muumuu’s that could fit my aunt Lucy, my cousin Poppy, and me. I wanted big success, big love, big highs […]
The Cookie Burglar: Stop Binge Eating
A few years ago, I worked with a woman who had decided to stop her nighttime bingeing by locking her food in cabinets and giving her husband the key. “It sounded like a perfect plan,” she said, “until I spent the hours after my husband went to sleep searching through his pockets, his drawers, and […]
When You Stop Judging Yourself
When You Stop Judging Yourself – NEW! During this lively, personal and inspiring talk (complete with questions and answers), Geneen reveals how judgment, criticism and shame never ever lead to transformation. With humor and compassion, she speaks to our familiar but often-missed physical and emotional reactions to inner judgment, how wily and true The Voice […]
Forgiveness is such a big word. And although we know it’s important to cherish ourselves and to accept the ways we are imperfect, we often don’t know where or how to start. During this inspiring talk …
Do You Love Your Thighs?
People usually come to my retreat because they want to lose weight. They want to stop suffering. They want to be happy. I talk to them about trusting themselves and about listening to their bodies. Once you do that, I say, everything — your relationship with food, yourself, your body — tends to fall into place.
How to Eat Less and Enjoy More
A few years ago, I was working on my laptop, developing a new workshop program, when one of my favorite series of all time came on TV — Pride and Prejudice (the one starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, although let’s be frank: Is there any other?). So I nestled into the couch, preparing to […]