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.

A Cup of Kindness

Open Heart Project


What is being done



Day 78 of continuing recovery

Putting my 12 step program for food addiction into action at the physical level leads me to a tremendous underground river of rhythmic practice. My habits of getting on my knees to pray; sitting still in Quiet Time; weighing, measuring, cooking and eating abstinent food with curiosity and pleasure; and hugging my fellows, all give me a physical experience of comfort. My body is healing, my confidence is growing, my sense of security and safety are strengthened.  Nice clothes fit me. I catch sight of my reflection and I feel happy.

In conversation with deepest wisdom and kindness, my Higher Power, that which I call G-d, my own honesty, understanding, wisdom and kindness are growing. As my relationship with G-d improves, my trust in myself and others grows. My thinking turns towards the positive and away from the negative. I am more optimistic. I gain more clarity. I make better decisions. I see truth, beauty and miracles all around me. I love the world. I am at peace.

When attending 12 step meetings and making outreach calls to my fellows, I learn how to be in relationship with all kinds of other people. I appreciate that my program welcomes everyone who wants help with food. I become more accepting of people who take different approaches to religion, politics, life and program. Those who believe in many ways can be as good and kind and successful as those who believe in one right way.

This morning I heard, “Program is not a sentence.” I am not jailing myself. I have not committed a crime. There is no punishment. This is not a program of discipline. It is a program of observation.

I am grateful to be a food addict. This disease gives me access to a gentle training program for liberation.

Love & Light,


Image: Laurent-Perrier garden by Luciano Giubbilei 

4 Comments to What is being done

  1. Myra TAte's Gravatar Myra TAte
    December 3, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    oh, what a wonderful insight – you are offering so much that is positive and so generous. thank you, with love and friendship. mom

  2. December 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Ah, that sounds wonderfully positive and all embracing. Thank you for sharing

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