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Suffering and Sustenance: Mindful ways to resolve the paradox

March 20th, 2018 | Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D.

Suffering is part of our daily existence yet through habit, we constantly push the unpleasant feelings away by seeking comfort in food. We seek sustenance, but in fact, the feeling of satisfaction, and the comfort that arises from it, is fleeting. It actually cannot be sustained. So what we consider both suffering and sustenance are actually part of each other. Within the experience of sustenance lies the feeling of suffering. And within suffering is also the possibility of sustenance.

Participant goals:

  • What are sustenance and suffering as they relate to mindful eating?
  • What are the three types of suffering?
  • How can we skillfully related to suffering and sustenance from a mindful eating perspective
Attached you will find the handout prepared by Dr Ronna to help you develop your practice: 

Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D. is a former TCME Board member and current advisor. She has been involved with Mindful Eating since 1985 when she helped developed the Behavioral Weight Management curriculum at Weight Watchers International for nine years. She is also the author of two best selling books: The Zen of Eating: Ancient Answers to Modern Weight Problems and Who by Water: Reflections of a Tsunami Psychologist. She also helped edit two books for the Dalai Lama, notably The Art of Happiness, an international bestseller. Dr. Kabatznick works with clients throughout North America and Europe with issues related to eating, depression and relations.

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