Make Peace With Your Body
By Geneen Roth Hot weather is here. Time to lighten up on clothes. Time for shorts, sleeveless tops, swimsuits. Translation: Time for bare thighs, bare arms, bare back. Sigh. I have a friend who dreads summer because of what she calls the unveiling of her body. Peeling off her clothes, she says, reveals “the horror […]
You Without Your Suffering
In this live, powerful talk, Geneen examines the limiting beliefs and stories that are the source of our suffering with food and so many other areas in our lives. She illustrates how to question these stories and let them go. And once you experience the truth that lies beneath those stories, what is left is a life that is clear, joyful and spacious.
The Secret to Change
A reporter interviewed me recently about what people can do to end their obsession with food. “Do you still binge?” she asked. “No,” I answered. “Does your weight vacillate from season to season?” “No again,” I said. “I’ve been at my natural weight for a few decades.” “So let me see if I’ve got this […]
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.
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 […]