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Emotional Eating is Inevitable, Make It Mindful

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Just to prime your mind a bit, let me ask you this: who ate your happiness? Emotional eating is utterly misunderstood and unnecessarily demonized. E...

Pavlovian Sleight-of-Words

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

This is is the process of de-conditioning/re-conditioning that might come in handy with the problem of overeating. That's right, dear reader, I am still writing about mindless eating and how to make it mindful.

A Yoga Mat For Your Mouth

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Yoga is union. Mindful eating is also yoga -- in the sense that eating unites your body and mind's intention through a moment of eating presence. Create an eating mindfulness to carry with you like a yoga mat.

The Seven Costs of Perfectionism

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Perfectionists like to stick to the protocol, play by the book, and not take chances in order to avoid mistakes and imperfections. A closed mind is a poor prerequisite to creativity.

"Do It to Julia!" Betrayal-Inoculation Pre-Valentine's Day Special

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

When we talk about willpower or integrity, we tend to mean a certain fixed amount of some kind of moral stamina. It's not like that. Breaking points can be attenuated by a variety of factors.

Mindfully Choose What You Will Mindlessly Overeat

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

If you resent portion control and calorie counting, you can overeat and not bother with being mindful of fullness as long as what you overeat is low in caloric density.

Super Bowl of Nondual Nonpartisanship

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

1. As a competitive swimmer of the river of consciousness I never understood the idea of a false start. What do you mean I have to wait to compete?! 2...

Pattern Interruption Hall of Fame: Zach Galifianakis

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

By living life in contradiction, by embodying the contradiction, Galifianakis seems to be promoting a dialectically nuanced view of reality, which is an invaluable counterweight to the mindset of oversimplification.

Obama/GOP Meeting: Process Notes

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

As I watched CNN, I saw Obama venturing into the raw delicacies of partisanship in the most direct and poignant ways. The real story of Obama's meeting with the GOP was the emphasis on process rather than content.

Self-Acceptance Manifesto

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

1. We confuse perfection with imperfection But there is no difference Unless, of course, you compare what is with what isn't. 2. If I could be right t...

The Inbox Stuffer: Five Articles To Read Over the Holidays

Delia Lloyd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

In an information age it's so much more useful (not to mention fun) to expand our loved one's minds - rather than their cupboards - by sending them a list of our favorite readings.

What of "What You Are" Is No Longer You?

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

When I am in the grip of an old pattern I don't experience it as alien to me but rather as exactly how I need to be at that moment. So how do I "set my jailer free" if I don't experience being in jail?

Will Ferrell's Sunday Night Live

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

What can I say? I can't quite say "it'd be funny if it wasn't so true" - because it is true and it is funny. I can simply say this: in Will Ferrell's portrayal of "W", the Cort Theatre has finally met its historical Jester.

Joaquin the Koan

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

The Fall-Winter of 2008-2009 in American history will be remembered for three things: who won the presidential election, who won the Super Bowl and... what the hell is going on with Joaquin Phoenix?!

Rethinking the Food Pyramid: Mindful Eating -- the Missing Ingredient?

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Eating is physiologically inevitable, but mindfulness isn't. Associating eating with mindfulness, one meal at a time, can help us not only manage weight but also to nourish and enrich the mind.

Counting Experiential Calories

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

An Experiential Calorie is a unit of awareness, a unit of conscious presence, a unit of meaning. The job of an Experiential Calorie is to enrich your Mind. Take a moment to count the latter.