Walk Around Feeling Like A Leaf
Sometimes when I look at the flowers in my garden I think: “Wow, if I really let myself take in how gorgeous one of them, I’m not sure I could even get up off the ground.” I’m not sure I could move. I’d be so speechless, knocked over by the beauty. Most of us don’t […]
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 […]
On Monday Morning
Here’s Monday’s reminder to notice — and maybe even be dazzled — by the wonders of the day.
Working with Obstacles
Usually when we’re told to relax, we often fall asleep on ourselves. So when somebody says relax, be easy, be gentle with yourself and we relax, we consider it self-indulgence, almost like bingeing. When you’re on a so-called diet where you’re disciplining yourself, on the other hand, you’re going about cataloguing everything you have done: […]
On Retreat with Geneen
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.
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, […]
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 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 […]
Somebody at one of my retreats said once, “I get a gold star for choosing this.” But the thing is that there is no one in the sky giving gold stars. Nobody’s giving you a gold star for doing it right. I mean, maybe you’ll get a promotion at work. That’s great. But if you’re […]
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 […]
Feed Your Soul
There are some things in life you take for granted: Your children will outlive you. No matter how tough it gets, you won’t poison your spouse with arsenic-laced toothpaste. And if you have a best friend, you will attend her wedding. But life sometimes upsets our most basic assumptions. And although I haven’t resorted to […]
The Big Bad
Most of us are attached to our pain. Why? Because we’ve had it for so long. And we’ve made an identity out of it: “I’m somebody whose mother didn’t love her.” “I’m somebody whose father left.” I could feel this recently when I saw my own mother. I was with my best friend from college, […]
Get Started with Geneen
Welcome to our website — and most especially to using your relationship with food as a doorway to immense peace and unshakeable joy (and really, who doesn’t want those?). There is no right way to begin; it’s all about you, your needs, and where you find yourself at this moment.