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Posted by Lilian on December 19, 2011

As days roll on in the northern hemisphere, we’ll soon be welcoming winter. Until the solstice on December 21st, sunlight will continue to wane, reminding us that even the earth and sun are ever-changing.

In darkened nights we may enjoy our less-dominant senses: the slushing swish of cars driving past, the smell of steeping tea or simmering soup. Invite the dimming of sight and the calm of cold. 

Let’s savor the stillness of early evenings, with thoughtful dinners and relaxation. We may share this time with loved ones, or choose to practice self-care.

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Posted by Editor on December 8, 2011

1. Set an intention for this holiday season. It can be as broad or specific as you wish, but take a moment to consider how you’d like to spend this time and where you want to focus your time and energy. This simple action creates awareness, and will help you prioritize.

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Posted by Lilian on November 28, 2011

Dear Savor Community,  

Let’s use this time, in the wake of Thanksgiving, to nurture the deep seeds of gratitude within us.  We can water these seeds each day, by pausing to notice and embrace the love that flows through to connect us all. Like making way for water to run, we carve out time and attention in our lives, so that we may fully accept the gifts of life.

Breathing in, I open my heart to receive love.

Breathing out, I smile with thanks.

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Posted by Lilian on November 20, 2011

In our first interview with Mondo Samu, we asked him how it feels to have lost 100lbs with mindful eating and living over the last year. He spoke of mental and physical agility and stamina + how mindfulness has improved his relationships. Here we dig a little deeper - he shares with us what tools and knowledge have been most helpful in this journey.

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Posted by Lilian on November 10, 2011

Members of the Nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health have been advising Google food service to ensure healthy choices since 2009. During this summer, Google executive chef and nutritionist Olivia Wu and I discussed the appropriate portion size for desserts. Since all Google meals are free and employees get unlimited servings, I commented that it’s important for Googlers to learn about mindful eating along with healthy portion sizes and the nutrition of their food.

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Posted by Editor on November 3, 2011

In this interview series we speak with Mondo Samu: a husband, father, devoted Savor reader and student of Thich Nhat Hanh who has lost over 100 lbs practicing mindful living. 

Savor: In your blog- you equate the amount of weight you’ve lost to the weight of 5 spare tires. Wow! How do you feel physically, mentally & emotionally, having lost 100 pounds?

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Posted by Lilian on October 19, 2011

sun, Buddha

Recently I attended Thay’s retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery.  It felt wonderful to be together with Thay and the mindfulness community once again.  An acute awareness flows through me in this space. I feel joyful, more awake and free from the stress and worries of everyday life. Every time I leave a retreat, I bring this level of steadiness home with me – it's like getting a mindfulness booster shot.

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Posted by Editor on October 7, 2011

Herbivore Shawarma

by Jen, San Francisco CA

One of my favorite vegan restaurants in Berkeley is Herbivore (with locations in San Francisco as well).  Herbivore offers affordable and filling meals -many entrees can be shared. Breakfast is served from 9am-2pm daily, during which you can try the southwestern tofu scramble, corn cakes, pancakes or French toast. The lunch/dinner menu is quite diverse, but they do some dishes much better than others. 

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Posted by Lilian on September 30, 2011

The Buddhist concept of interbeing – the inter-relatedness of all things – can sometimes seem abstract. But when you hear Michael Dimock, president of Roots of Change, talk about our food systems, you can see the world in an apple—and become inspired to work towards  a food system that’s as sustainable for the eater as it is for the farmer and the planet itself.

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