Freedom from Emotional Eating, Food & Weight Obsession

Take Five and Thrive

I relocated my professional home this year and with this move I joined a new group of colleagues and friends.  I cherish the times when we come together as a group and share matters related to our work, space, plans and concerns. I especially like the ritual of beginning each meeting with a centering practice. As a group we share a few minutes, not more than five really, of silence. From this practice I have made some very significant discoveries.

I value the sense of connection that this practice fosters with my colleagues.  These connections are not processed verbally as much as experienced as a felt sense that I notice each and every time we come together. Creating this space brings me more fully into a presence for the meeting.  I notice a clearing of energy in the room as well as inside of me.  I love what feels like a “community exhale” just before we begin “talking the meeting.”

During our most recent meeting I noticed unexpected strong feelings and sensations emerge in my body.  As is usual, I rushed to this meeting from a busy space, both internally and externally. The silence and stillness brought an awareness of an internal emotional space that surprised me and really needed to be brought to my consciousness. 

I began to wonder what would happen if I took a few minutes of silence and stillness at other times during my day.  I began to experiment to “take five”, so to speak, throughout my day.  I realized that these breaks from the business (busy-ness) of work and life create a mini-vacation of sorts; opportunities to observe what I am truly feeling and what I need to do to take better care of myself emotionally, physically and spiritually.


Robin Okun, LMSW, is a coach, therapist, speaker and Founder of Mindful Movement, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn more about Robin at

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I have worked in the Wellness Field for 30 years. I created an Emotional Eating & Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Program way before most people knew BED was an eating disorder, NOT a “willpower” issue. Personally, I suffered for years before finding answers and the help I needed and deserved! I became a Coach in 1997 to help others who were still suffering as I had. I love being a Coach!


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