GOAL: to help you reclaim eating moments of your life with meaning and moderation; to help you leverage self-acceptance and compassion; to help you appreciate the ordinary perfection of what is; and to help you rediscover your essential self. 

Pavel Somov, Ph.D.





10 Clinical Skills to Overcome Overeating

Author: Pavel Somov, Ph.D.
Publisher: PESI 2011
Length: 4 DVD(s)
Media Type: Seminar on DVD
Duration: 5 hours, 29 minutes
Item: ZNV041660


Price : $79.99

Product Details

There is more to mindful/conscious eating than just slowing down, paying attention and chewing ten times.

Watch this seminar recording and take home a highly experiential, clinically eclectic mix of conscious eating skills designed to broaden the definition of mindful eating beyond the “raisin meditation.”

The recording will culminate with motivational enhancement training through a development of a personalized philosophy of eating designed to help your client (and you!) anchor your eating habits in your existential and life values.

This practical and popular seminar recording is based on Pavel Somov’s program of awareness-building and habit-modifying mindful practices to overcome overeating one meal at a time described in his book, Eating the Moment.

« Experience It First and Only Then Describe It | Main | Who Ate My Happiness: Mindful Eating Koans »

4 Contributions of Buddhist Psychology to Mindful Eating

Most readers of self-help literature on overeating are familiar with the concept of “mindful eating” and, probably, by now, most are able to trace the idea of mindful eating to the Buddhist tradition of the Oryoki meal (see below).A while back, while preparing a seminar on “mindful emotional eating” for Duquesne University Counseling Center psychology post-docs, I was pondering the totality of influence of the Buddhist psychology on mindful eating know-how and I have identified at least 4 distinct ways in which Buddhist doctrines have paved the way for contemporary mindful eating self-help literature.

1. Ōryōki Meal: Process Focus and Fullness Recognition Oryoki is a meditative form of eating that emphasizes mindfulness by adhering to a precise order of eating movements, and stopping when you are full; “oryoki” means “just enough.”

2. Middle Way:Emphasis on Moderation Historical Buddha’s character arc of awakening/enlightenment exemplifies a movement from extremes to center: Siddhartha-the-Prince (indulgence/excess, ”bulimic”) > Siddhartha-the-Ascetic (renunciation/bodily mortification, ”anorexic”) >Siddhartha-the-Awakened (Middle Way, eating in moderation). The concept of “middle way” and the emphasis on moderation is a conceptual precursor to Harm Reduction approaches (that can be useful in managing emotonal eating by making emotional eating more conscious,for example).

3. Mindfulness Training as Habit Modification Mindfulness training serves as an effective platform for habit modification and for disrupting mindlessly maintained behavior patterns.

4. Mindfulness Training as Craving Control Mindfulness training, as a form of dis-identification from thoughts, feelings, and sensations can be used as an effective craving control strategy.

copyright, pavel somov, 2009 Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author of “Eating the Moment:141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time,” (New Harbinger, 2008) www.eatingthemoment.com

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.