This is the kitchen where we talk about food, life, and recovery—a spiritual path to healing and peace.

You are invited to keep coming back to A Cup of Kindness to share your experience, strength and hope; fears, doubts and insecurities; and to pick up information, inspiration … and have a little fun!

My story
In January 2007, at the age of 51, I joined a 12-step program and began my recovery from food addiction, losing 75 pounds in the process. Read more…

In January 2011, at the age of 55, I began my recovery from a multi-trauma accident, 36 fractures, damaged lungs, and post traumatic stress. Read more…

I am deeply grateful for all the kindnesses, large and small, offered to me in recovery. Here I am... alive… still making progress … still not perfect … finding a new way forward in a growing community of women and men who share a lot in common around food and life.

I hope you'll join me in this kitchen and let me know what's cooking with you.

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Author Archives: Valerie

A New Loving Kindness Meditation

Towards all beings… including me Let’s wake up… Know our True Nature Connect with Goodness Be wisely kind to all Take care of genuine needs Grow joy Practice a healing discipline Get creative Keep learning Feel confident, grateful, and peaceful Forgive Find love Love & Light, Valerie

Repair of the World

18 steps we are taking at home When the pandemic first started, I felt utterly wrecked – grief stricken and heart broken. I was overwhelmed by the firestorm that was going to exponentially increase suffering due to the widening cracks in our fragile systems, and due to the further rise of fear, greed, hatred, delusion, […]

Staying sane… relatively

Here’s my little chart for what I am doing on a daily basis, as best I can, to stay relatively sane, to cultivate connection and peace. It’s going well. Not perfectly. It is progress though. I wake up and look for a sense of gratitude. I choose one word as my intention for the day […]

Spiritual Evolution

It is March 24, 2020. Last night it snowed 3 inches. I love snow. I love winter. My morning readings were particularly wise. Or perhaps I especially needed wisdom and just received what is always there. I took what I read and it percolated in me on our walk. The reading was the following from […]