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After a brief illness, my mother passed away on August 11, 2013. During her illness and the subsequent need for addressing funeral arrangements and notifying friends and out-of-town family about her death, I found myself experiencing very high levels of stress.

Fortunately, as a practitioner of yoga, twelve-step recovery, and DBT mindfulness, I've already experienced a spiritual renewal that has helped me to find acceptance and serenity through a variety of practices. Socially, for example, I was much better able to reach out for support from other family and friends, and -- no less important -- to accept gratefully the kind and consoling responses that I received. Emotionally, I could let myself grieve, and -- through meditation -- find a meaningful spiritual relief inspired by my grieving.

The one practice that I was least able to do, however involved my eating. Eating mindfully and moving toward a vegetarian diet are the most recent practices that I've been working to develop. With so much of my awareness preempted by the sense of loss and the funeral, however, I found it especially difficult to do anything mindful that involved food.

Most of the time, I found myself eating for "comfort" rather than to "nurture" myself. That's a habit I'd see as a symptom of an eating addiction, if it became chronic. As the adrenaline from a difficult ten days has been draining from my system, though, I am more able to focus on what and how I'm eating.

I don't beat myself up over this lapse -- that would just increase my stress through guilt and anger. Instead, I've learned to acknowledge my vulnerabilities, accept them, and recognize that God wants me to resume taking better care of my self nutritionally.

Mindful movement is a form of prayer.

 current weight: 9.0  over
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