Book Release – September 2019

OCCUPY THIS BODY: A Buddhist Memoir is the story of Religious Studies Professor Sharon A. Suh’s struggle to overcome a childhood of forced-feeding, emotional neglect, and cruelty from her Korean immigrant mother who battled and eventually succumbed to her own eating disorders. As she matures and awakens to her own body, she must come to terms with her past suffering and how it shapes her experiences as a Korean American woman raised and educated within predominantly upper middle-class white America. In this memoir she shares her discovery, study, and embrace of Buddhism to help her heal from past trauma and lay bare the cultural silence surrounding abuse and mental illness in Asian American families.


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  • Do you find yourself sometimes eating to go unconscious or to avoid negative emotions?

  • Do you sometimes engage in negative self-talk around your body and your eating habits?

  • Would you like to re-establish a joyful relationship to food, eating, and your body?

If you’re experiencing stress and anxiety around eating and food, my program, Mindful Eating Method may be a great option for you.

I am excited to work with a wide range of clients because I believe that each of us has the capacity to heal ourselves and learn to nurture ourselves in a kind and loving manner.

Mindful eating allows you to find calm, peace and joy in food.

The Mindful Eating Method helps you make peace with your relationship to food.
Eat with joy and without guilt.
Love and appreciate your body.

“Sharon is sensitive, kind, intelligent, curious and very accepting and non-judgmental—her demeanor made me feel safe enough to explore genuine transformation. I have already recommended this class to several friends.” S. Eltnatawi

“Do it! You deserve to explore your relationship with food on a deeper level. Sharon is Kind, compassionate, and full of love and patience for the people in the class. She has amazing insight & gives suggestions without judgment. Really great class! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” Elise C.


  • Befriending and finding ease in your body

  • Reconnecting with and learning to trust your own judgment about how and what to feed yourself

  • Finding calm and confidence through mindfulness meditation, movement, and mindful eating practices

  • Making peace with food and stepping away from the “good food” and “bad food” categories

  • Recognizing how past conditioning such as family of origin, culture, etc. affects how you eat today

  • Recognizing and changing the tendency to eat to go unconscious or to avoid difficult situations

“I appreciated learning about the different hungers and the chance to practice mindfulness.” J. Rodriguez

“A transformative experience that will change the lifelong habits.” J. Kang

“This is about your relationship with food, your relationship to yourself, and your relationship to your body.” N. Iyer

Find ease in your body and reconnect with your inner capacity for self-care in a kind and compassionate manner.

We live in a culture where we are constantly being taught to not listen to what our bodies really want and end up putting ourselves on diets which encourage us to rely on outside authorities to determine what, when, how, and why we should eat. Through the Mindful Eating Method, you will reconnect with the inner resources you have to make these decisions for yourself and not give up your own agency to the health and diet industry.


Make peace with your relationship to food.
Eat with joy and without guilt.
Love and appreciate your body.

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