This book outlines the Mindful Life curriculum. It is the textbook for our program, as well as a self-help book for home study and practice. You are guided through the five areas of weight loss, and will create small goals in each of these areas. You will also learn how to eat mindfully, how to measure success, how nature can help with weight loss, how to handle emotional eating, and much more.
For more than 25 years, I have studied and practiced ways of personal growth through meditative disciplines and psychology. Mindful Life Weight Loss in Westchester NY is the result of transforming my own struggles with weight through the practice of self-compassion and mindfulness. After years of struggling with body image issues, being at the mercy of food, and having my mood tied to the number on a scale, I realized that the struggle was gone.
The struggle had been gone for years, and coincided with when I began to practice mindfulness through training in Zen. Maintaining a healthy weight was once a tedious struggle, but now had become natural and enjoyable. If I could undergo such a gradual, natural transformation after so many years of struggle, then anyone can. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could?
The creation of the Mindful Life Weight Loss program dovetailed with earning an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). In this clinically-focused program, I studied and applied systems thinking to the lives of individuals, couples, and families. I mentored with experts in the field and learned how to see the whole picture, not just the parts. I was trained in how to understand problems in their context, the basic rules of how systems operate, and how change happens. I learned how small changes in one part of the system can create large changes elsewhere, and how to work with this dynamic process. I grew to understand how to effectively support people as they maintain new behaviors. And I didn’t just read this in a book. I applied it in a clinical context and saw dramatic results.
One of the most enduring lessons from my MFT training was the rejection of a pathologizing model of mental health. My training views people as being whole, and as experts on their own lives. I don’t look for what is wrong with people. I look for what is right with them. Obesity does not mean that something is wrong with a person, or their choices. Rather, something is not working in the larger system of their whole lives, and our modern culture dominated by addictive processed foods. Obesity is the red flag catching our attention. We should be thankful for this red flag, as it is an opportunity to course-correct.
Additionally, I have worked as an editor of medical/scientific books and journals. I am also a registered yoga teacher and black belt in Aikido. When not keeping up with the latest research on weight loss, I can be found rescuing animals, reading books about spirituality, and enjoying life as a suburban parent. Those who have worked with me enjoy my warm, supportive, and practical style.
Financial Self-Defense Program
The author has been a student of
martial arts for over 40 years and engaged in financial study and management for
over 30 years. This short book distills these years of experience so the reader can
approach their financial management and education with the discipline of the
martial arts. Martial arts teach one to engage in an activity with calm, efficiency
and integrate the process with one’s life mission of finding happiness. The purpose
of the Integrated Financial Education Series is to provide individuals with a
system to manage their finances with a minimum cost both in terms of time and
Recent surveys suggest many people feel overwhelmed by the complexity of
managing their personal finances. Yet without the ability to rely upon a pension
for retirement, they must take more responsibility for their lifetime spending
needs. Recognizing that our financial system is broken, they do not know where to
turn to find advice. Many people do not want to manage their own finances, but are
not completely comfortable with the alternatives.
Whether one only wants to find a trustworthy adviser or become self-directed,
this book and supporting links simplifies the process. First the book helps the
reader identify the areas of finance that will produce for them the greatest
economic benefit. By limiting the areas of finance studied, the
overwhelming task becomes manageable. Then unlike some rules of thumb common in the
financial media, real depth in thought is needed to be certain that one’s efforts
are genuinely directed towards achieving their goals. Once a framework is developed
for financial decisions, it can be applied quickly and easily to any decision that
may arise over time. If one wishes to continue their financial education, cost
effective resources are suggested.
The reader is also challenged to question how their approach will lead to
happiness. Ultimately, the approach to study and the resulting decision processes
are rooted in martial arts discipline to promote efficiency as well as happiness in