Training Your Puppy Mind

Written By: Erin Smith

February 14, 2020

We brought Barkley – our puppy – to his forever home when he was three months old. We bought him a potty bell, which is a bell that the dog rings when he needs to go out. To help him understand the process, you pick him up and hold him close to the bell. “Touch,” […]

A Lesson in the Laundry

Written By: Erin Smith

February 6, 2020

I was dusting the bookshelves in the yoga studio, when a book slipped from its resting place and fell at my feet. When something like that happens, I always take the book down, open to a random page, then read the paragraph in the middle to bottom of the right page. Call it a superstition […]

A Lesson in Letting Go

Written By: Erin Smith

February 6, 2020

I thought I saw Merlin scamper across the kitchen floor this morning and I started crying. Mostly because she’s been dead for three years. Merlin was the haughtiest and most beautiful cat that ever lived. I didn’t own Merlin; she owned me. Black as night, with huge green eyes speckled with gold, two granny smith […]

Intuitive Eating: A Practice

Written By: Erin Smith

January 22, 2020

Here is what intuitive eating looks like in practice. Set aside a time to eat a meal alone at a table. Silence your phone. Take ten to get into your body, counting ten deep, intentional breaths. Now look at your food. Really look at it, as if you are a scientist seeing this particular food for […]

Intuitive Eating

Written By: Erin Smith

January 22, 2020

I have been a wellness coach for over a decade, but I no longer offer nutritional coaching. It took me a really long time to transition from a weight loss focus to one of intuitive eating. Clients wanted to lose weight. They wanted a “plan.” And while there are some metrics that I believe are […]

Altruism and the Village of the Damned

Written By: Erin Smith

January 15, 2020

In 1665, the Black Death was sweeping across Europe. In northern England, in a small town called Eyam, a tailor received some cloth he had ordered from London. He shook out the cloth and hung it to dry, intending to make clothes for an upcoming religious festival. What he didn’t – couldn’t – know was […]