Sharon is not only a yoga student and Yoga for Mindful Eating student, but also has fast become a blogging colleague! Here’s an except she wrote about her personal journey in mindful eating. My hope is her inspiration is yours.

“Over the course of the last year, I immersed myself twice in Diana’s Yoga for Mindful Eating series. I want to share a bit of my discovery.

In my work as a Life and Career Coach, I help clients make changes in the way they work, communicate, and manage themselves, including more effectively managing their own balance.  My learning process in Diana’s class has made me a better coach.

One of the biggest changes I’ve made as a result of the classes is this one:

I learned at a very deep level that when my relationship with food starts to deteriorate, it generally means I’m truly hungry for something that has nothing to do with food.  It means I’m out of balance in some essential way.

Often, my imbalance is from working too much and feeling stressed from the pace.  If that’s the case, what I’m truly hungry for is calm, relaxation, some kind of antidote to my workaholic tendencies.  Getting a massage works well for me, for example.  So when I’m starting to lose my grip in the food arena, sometimes a massage is just the ticket.  It makes me feel cared-for and pampered in the most tender and healing ways.  In the days that follow, my speedy, jacked-up eating behavior starts to wane. I start craving things like ginger tea instead of cheese and crackers, or I start making time to read whatever book I’m currently reading.

Other times my imbalance is about isolation.  When I work with a client, I create a powerful connection with them, which is deeply rewarding.  But it’s not a substitute for connection with others in my personal life.  Sometimes my declining behavior with food signals a need to spend more quality time with my husband, my friends, my sister or other members of my inner circle – which I can make happen.

Prior to taking the course, I understood intellectually how these things might be connected, but it wasn’t until I took the course that I experienced it at a very deep level.  I get it now, and I’m getting better at quickly taking action to restore the balance.

Restoring work-life balance doesn’t always require massive change. Sometimes small course corrections can make a huge difference.”

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