April 2018     


    a black bear
      has just risen from sleep
         and is staring

down the mountain.
    All night
      in the brisk and shallow restlessness
         of early spring

I think of her,
    her four black fists
      flicking the gravel,
         her tongue

like a red fire
    touching the grass,
      the cold water.
         There is only one question:

how to love this world.
    I think of her
         like a black and leafy ledge

to sharpen her claws against
    the silence
      of the trees.
         Whatever else

my life is
    with its poems
      and its music
         and its glass cities,

it is also this dazzling darkness
      down the mountain,
         breathing and tasting;

all day I think of her-
    her white teeth,
      her wordlessness,
         her perfect love.

~Mary Oliver

April is national poetry month. For me, poetry has a natural connection to mindfulness. Marilyn Candler McEntyre states, "Poetry stops us short. It recalls us to contemplation in a world of action." Poetry pulls us into the present moment.  It allows us to notice and observe in ways that may be unfamiliar. 

Poetry doesn't need to be complicated or difficult to understand. Lower the bar of expectation and try your hand at simply describing a natural object you observe -- a blossom, a branch, a puddle, the sky. Write down what you see, feel, touch, smell or hear...this is poetry, in its most elemental form. It is mindfulness, it is meditation, it is both concrete and abstract, it is immediate without urgency, it is the present. 

Wishing you a month of poetry,

Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HNB-BC  
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2017/2018 Schedule

Meditation Maintenance Sessions  are a great way to give yourself a monthly self-care "tune-up" by joining with fellow meditators to discuss insights and challenges of your practice.

Our general schedule is the 2nd Wednesday (evening) and 2nd Friday (afternoon) of each month, but some months the schedule may be on a different week. Check the StressResources.com website for an up to date calendar. 

You are welcome to attend each month or simply on an occasional basis. You will find a supportive and welcoming respite in the midst of your busyness.

Any updates or changes to this schedule will be posted on the calendar in the events section of StressResources.com

2018 Schedule

Evening sessions 7-9 PM
May 9
Jun 13

Daytime sessions
12:30-2:30 PM   
May 11
Jun 8

Both evening and daytime sessions are held at Stress Resources' office (97 Lowell Rd, Concord, MA).
Please pre-register for sessions as space is limited.

Meditation Maintenance sessions are $20 per session. Special events priced accordingly

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Meditation Retreat Day
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Meditation is often an individual practice and pursuit...and it can sometimes feel like you are the only one doing it! It is a powerful addition to any mediation practice to join together every now and then in a group practice or retreat. Stress Resources' offers retreat days twice a year -- a nurturing day of silence and meditation practice to relax and refuel from the busyness of our day to day lives. The next Meditation Retreat Day will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 
9 am-2 pm in beautiful historic Concord, at the First Parish Church. Some prior mediation practice is recommended as there will be limited instruction during the retreat. 

For more information or to register for the retreat (enrollment is limited to 15 participants) click here

Reframing What We Cannot Control
I had the ple asure of again listening and learning from Dr. BJ Miller when I recently attended the Columbia University Advanced Narrative Medicine Workshop.

BJ Miller has been one of my healthcare heroes for many years and he always brings the essence of healthcare to the fore. His amazing TED talk has been viewed over 7 million times. 

To those of us in the audience, he challenged us to reframe our thinking about health and illness by not only embracing the scientific but the aesthetic domain of health care. He argued that embracing the arts as an integral part of health care enables us to dwell in the paradox of contradiction and uncertainty, which is often the case in the experience of health and illness. The arts bring recognition, meaning, empathy and compassion to the experience of being human at any stage of life.

I encourage you to get to know Dr. Miller though his talks and interviews ( here is a great interview with Krista Tippett from On Being). I am sure you will be hearing much more about him in the future.  
Individual Mindfulness Training
Not interested in a weekly group format for mindfulness training? 

Do you prefer an individual learning environment? 

Do you travel frequently and need a virtual option? 

Then the flexible aspect of Stress Resources' Individual Mindfulness Training may be the perfect fit for you.

Stress Resources' Individual Mindfulness Training  
is a unique option offered only by Stress Resources that allows the individual to set the pace for training but maintains the essential framework of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in private or semi-private sessions. Either in my Greater Boston area office (Concord) or conveniently by Skype. 

Stress Resources' Individual Mindfulness Training has been successfully taught to entrepreneurs, business leaders, athletes, healthcare professionals, management consultants, teachers, busy parents and students. We work together, mindfully, to meet your needs. What are you waiting for?

For more information about Stress Resources' Individual and Group Mindfulness Training, click here 

When Science Meets Mindfulness
We are gaining more scientific knowledge of how the brain and other parts of the body respond to mindfulness and meditation practices. While these studies confirm what those of us teaching these tools have long known anecdotally, they provide further explanation of the mind-body connection that we are only beginning to quantify. This recent article in the Harvard Gazette is one of the latest to explore When Science Meets Mindfulness. Let me know your thoughts.