Catching up with Ourselves: Transitions

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Transitions are much more important than most of us realize and there are a lot of them every day. These moments provide us with the opportunity to pause and enjoy the pleasant moments more deeply, and also to be aware early on of those unpleasant moments so that we can take better care of ourselves. Becoming aware of transitions somewhere other than at the table can help us bring the practice of pausing to food and eating.


1. be able to define and give four examples of transitions

2. articulate how transitions relate to the regulation of eating

3. give specific examples of how to engage pausing through the use of the senses

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW, is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and groups incorporating the intention and skills of mindfulness as a foundation from which to explore one's life. She specializes in working with stress-related physical and emotional issues, with women who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma, and those who suffer with depression, anxiety and disordered eating.

Char is certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher by the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA. She teaches MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindful Eating/Conscious Living (MECL) for the general public.

She leads professional trainings in MECL, MBSR, an Adv. training for MBCT and MBSR teachers. Char maintains a longstanding personal meditation practice and is currently studying Qigong and Taijiquan. She provides one-on-one consultation for professionals who wish to incorporate mindfulness into their work. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Mindful Eating and is the owner/director of the Center for Mindful Living, LLC and A Mindful Path, LLC in Connecticut. She can be contacted through her website or [email protected]

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