Are You Hungry for Peace?

I sure am.  And what a pleasant discovery to know that Food Not Bombs has published a handbook to this effect, detailing tips and techniques for nonviolent direct action to contribute to their effort to help end war and poverty.  Of course, we know there is not singular answer to resolving these great complex questions, but a handbook with ideas for action is always a welcome tool in the struggle.

Click here to read the full Hungry for Peace book


Mindful Eating Workshops in Toronto

Upcoming mindful eating workshops hosted by the Centre for Mindfulness Studies:

Learn the essentials of practicing mindful eating in this introductory workshop.

Mindfulness in eating is about paying attention in the present moment to the preparing and consuming of food. But, how often do we do that? How often are we rushing through meals, eating at our desk or distracted by to-do lists, and not noticing what we are eating or how much?

There is a way to bring back enjoyment and balance to food and eating. In this seminar, you will:

  • Learn how mindfulness has been applied to eating.
  • Experience mindfulness and mindful eating practices.
  • Explore hunger awareness: looking at the seven types of hunger that trigger us to eat.
  • Take away practical tips for bringing mindful eating into your life.

Tuesday, Oct. 2  | 9:30 a.m. — 12 noon
Tuesday, Nov. 13 | 9:30 a.m. — 12 noon

Gwen Morgan MA MSW RSW, Marsha Feldt BSc RD CDE, and Lisa Goodman MA Counselling Psych.

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies
180 Sudbury Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A

Please register one week in advance of the session you wish to attend.

Fee: $35 per session

Raisin Meditation


Raisin Meditation

This photo was taken at our first PeaceMeal workshop in Colorado in February 2013. This week, our first online cohort of PeaceMeal students are working through a module on inner peace and food. They are also practising the raisin meditation. Join them by listening to the guided meditation suggested here.

Only 1 Day to Go! PeaceMeal Challenge: Sustainability Sunday

With only one day to go until the launch of our Online Course, we’re absolutely delighted to share our final PeaceMeal Challenge:

Sustainability Sunday

Connected to absolutely everything, and a terribly over-used word these days, we want to think about what sustainability means and how it might look in its connections to food and to peace.  How do we know what we need or want to sustain? Is our current food system sustainable? How do we make it so? How do we foster behaviours and actions that lead to sustained peace?

The United States’ Environmental Protection Agency defines sustainability this way:

Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have,  the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.

Your challenge: Find a friend and have a conversation about what sustainability really means, and brainstorm a short list of ways that you can contribute to the cause, whether it’s switching disposables plates and napkins for ceramics and cloth, drinking shade-grown or fairly-traded coffee, shopping at a local food co-op, or growing your own windowboxes of herbs!

If you’re still hoping to join us for the course, we have a few spots left! Register here and join us as we get into deeper conversations about peace and food at the personal, interpersonal, societal, political, and global levels!

PeaceMeal Challenge: Wesukipukosu Wednesday

There are 5 days left until our National Peace Academy PeaceMeal online course begins!

Today’s challenge: Wesukipukosu Wednesday

You might be wondering, “What on earth is Wesukipukosu?”  More widely known as Labrador Tea, Wesukipukosu is a Cree term meaning ‘bitter herbs.’  The evergreen shrub has been a staple hot drink of Northern peoples since the first humans crossed from Asia to America.  The tea is made by lightly steeping cleaned, crushed, dried leaves.  It acts as a mild digestive and perks up one’s appetite and is enjoyed by many across North America.

Moving from the sphere of inner peace that we’ve been exploring for Mindful Monday and Tasty Tuesday, we’re using Wednesday to move onward to topic of culture.  Your challenge?

Identify a food that is native to your culture or to your environment or geography.  Do a little bit of research to learn more about it’s history, how it is grown and/or prepared, and take some time to reflect upon its importance. If you can, find some to make and enjoy on your own or with loved ones.