Once the weight came off, and stayed that way, I kind of drifted away from this blog. That’s mainly because I had written primarily about my weight loss and not so much about Buddhism. When my life focus turned from weight loss to maintaining weight and exploring buddhism, I didn’t feel I had as much to write about. Or, more accurately, I didn’t feel qualified to write about the things I was deeply experiencing at the time. I was in a deep period of learning and exploration (and I still am) but over these past few years I’ve started a couple of Buddhist Sangha’s and participated or helped run several other groups of various kinds and I’m sort of feeling like I’ve come a bit full circle in a way. I feel like if I re-read Savor (this will be something like my 4th time) I’ll get a whole different perspective on it now that I’ve been a Buddhist practitioner for a handful of years and because I learn best when I'm explaining or teaching others.
This time, I’m not only practicing the teachings from the book, but I’m helping others do the same. I’m starting a group, local to me, that will study the book. Sort of like a book club, but deeper than that.
I'm calling it M.E.A.L.S. - Mindful Eating And Living Sangha. And I’m extremely pleased to have the support of Dr. Cheung as I launch this effort. She’s always been supportive of my efforts personally, and when she heard that I was thinking of this, she offered some guidance and some incredibly kind words of support.
The year-long group will meet every other week and will:
- Recite the Five Contemplations
- Share a Mindful Eating Experience
- Read and discuss the book Savor
- Practice Mindful Movement
My hope is that this year-long grassroots-group exploration will deepen my own practice further, help others establish mindfulness as a way of healthy living, and - hopefully - encourage them to go out and spread the practice through starting similar groups the following year, and so on. If successful, it could see a viral growth since those who complete the year, may hopefully create groups of their own and repeat the process, again and again.
I’ll try to get back to posting here along the way to track the progress of this endeavor. When it’s done, I hope that this blog can serve as a blueprint for those who wish to replicate this process.