Wrestling with Desire: The Hindrances to Mindful Eating

  • 08 Dec 2015
  • 15 Dec 2015
  • 2 sessions
  • 08 Dec 2015, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
  • 15 Dec 2015, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
  • FREE Teleconference - Open to the Public

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Have you ever said to yourself or heard your clients say things like: 


  • "I took a few bites of food and before and I knew it, my plate was empty." 
  • "It's no use. I'm a failure. Nothing ever works, never has, never will." 
  • "I'm just not motivated. I'm bored with the whole process of mindful eating." 
  • "I'm a bad mindful eater. I find it irritating and stupid." 
  • "I think I'll try another approach. I bet there's something better and easier out there."   

These are examples of powerful forces of desire in the mind that everyone experiences. They are common to mindful eating, not rare or unusual. But when we do not see these forces desire clearly, they derail our skillful desires to be present with our direct experience, whether it is eating a blueberry, washing a dish or standing on line in a supermarket. Becoming consumed by desire like greed, anger or irritation is not the problem, it is the lack of awareness that keeps us tangled in judgment and despair. This two-part teleconference addresses the common obstacles to mindful eating and how to skillfully work with each one of them as they arise in our mindful eating practices, so we can deepen our awareness into the dynamics of desire that are not only part of our mindful eating practice, but integral to our common humanity.   


Join Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D. for this audio-only free teleconference offered as a two-part series December 8th and 15th, 1 pm EST, just in time for the holiday season.

Participants will
Identify the five hindrances to mindful eating
Learn how each one one interferes with mindful eating
Explore how we wrestle with these desires with grace, balance and compassion

Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D. is a previous board member of The Center for Mindful Eating, currently serving on the Advisory Board. She is a Berkeley, CA-based psychology in private practice and specializes in helping people with eating, depression and relationship issues. She was the psychologist to Weight Watchers International for nine years. Dr. Kabatznick is the author of two best-selling books. The Zen of Eating: Ancient Answers to Modern Weight Problems and most recently, Who by Water: Reflections of a Tsunami Psychologist.

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