Archive for December, 2018

Increasing pleasure and joy in the New Year

December 27, 2018

When Ashok Gupta talks about re-engaging with joy as part of the Gupta Programme, sometimes that soundsfruit smile image 400 like that will just be easy! Many people then discover that support really helps with discerning what brings joy in life, and spending more time doing that.

In another method that I find complementary to the Gupta Programme, Organic Intelligence founder Steve Hoskinson talks of this in a slightly different way. Orienting to pleasure, spending more time doing what feels good in a healthy way, helps gently shift the nervous system away from the over focus on the negative. We learn to listen to and honor the impulses for healing and growth that are specific to our own organically intelligent systems.

A group is another level of organization, another system. A healing group supports people in developing their capacity to know what brings them joy and their choices to do more of that, raising the level of enjoyment all around! There is a positive synergy in a healing group that ripples out. In healing ourselves and following our paths of growth and enjoyment, that way of being impacts all we encounter. Ashok’s Meaning of Life Experiment supports people in that amazing lifelong process of unfolding.

In this 90 minute single session of group coaching, I’ll guide you in exercises for increasing your access to pleasure and enjoyment.

As well as putting a special focus on group coaching, I also focus on helping people heal from food sensitivities. Orienting to pleasure is an important aspect of increasing the ability to take in nourishment in all forms.

By videoconference (or join by phone)
Thurs, Jan 3
90 minutes, starting at:
10 am Pacific
11 am Arizona
11 am Mountain
noon Central
1 pm Eastern
6 pm UK
7 pm Central European
(If you are not able to attend live at this time, you are welcome to register for the event and will then receive the recording.)

The format includes exercises with optional sharing. The session is recorded so you can review it.
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Registration closes at 5 pm Pacific the day before (Jan 2)
If you enjoy the group coaching experience, then you may be interested in the next 5-part Foundation skills for brain retraining that starts Thurs, Jan 17, that meets every other Thursday for 5 times, same time as above.

After graduating from the Foundation series, people are eligible for two forms of more advanced group coaching:

* A new five part series on Eating with ease, focused on brain retraining and other exercises specifically for increasing the ability to enjoy a wider range of foods
* Topics in brain retraining, in which people choose which topics to cover.


Eating with ease during the December holiday season

December 21, 2018

[This is reposted from the forum for the Gupta Programme , and that is why it refers to “by the time this is posted” ]

Navigating the holidays with more ease in general involves boundaries with family members and maybe even getting some perspectives on dynamics through humor 😊

Navigating the holidays with ease can also mean honoring how the rhythms of your life and your culture interweave with the dominant culture.

In my Jewish culture, Hanukkah is a minor holiday that has become more prominent as a way to compensate for the big focus on Christmas, and also often falls well before Christmas since Jewish holidays are based on the cycles of the moon as well as sun. By the time this is posted, I will have enjoyed getting together with others to share fried latkes (pancakes). Now I have the ease of eating anything, but when I was still sensitive to gluten, I found recipes for gluten-free latkes, and made ones based on sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. Now there are even pre-made latkes from cauliflower! The jelly doughnut is not something I experimented with, but with all the stevia and gluten-free baking mixes, who knows?

Those ingredients can form the basis for healthy treats in the form of Christmas cookies, nut breads, and other seasonal favorites. I’ve also bought stevia-sweetened chocolate to share, since I still don’t like to eat a lot of sugar. The tamales that are a Christmas favorite in the southwestern US and points south are made from corn.

When making treats for ourselves or to share, it can also help to acknowledge that not every culture has a late December important holiday. Outside of northern Europe and other cold climates, the return of the sun and need to deal with winter depression are not pressing. Here in Arizona on the land of the Tohono O’odham people, our gardens are bursting now and just like in Judaism, it is the rain we need to pray for in other seasons. And for Christians from Mexico and further south, Easter is the more important holiday when they make a pilgrimage to be with family. The next Islamic holiday (Shab e Barat) will be in April. (holy days are on a lunar cycle and shift around the course of the year). The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, falls in October or November.

And also, when it seems everyone around is having treats, making treats for ourselves can be an important part of nurturing all our parts.

Deborah Mayaan
has a special focus on both Eating with ease, and on group coaching in addition to one-on-one coaching sessions. To learn more, see: