August 2018     

Creating Calm within Crisis: the Power of Meditation

"And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear."-Paulo Coelho 

Perhaps you were as drawn to the news reports of twelve soccer players and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand this summer, like me. A miraculous story of survival, and of the power of the practice of meditation in times of crisis.

As we learned upon their rescue, the boys' coach,  Ekapol Chantawong, had studied vipassana or mindfulness meditation as a youth in a Buddhist monestary. Under the most challenging of circumstances, he taught his young charges to observe, to slow their breath, and to remain calm in the face of the unknown. Through their meditation practice, they conserved oxygen, and avoided panic despite lack of food and uncertainty of rescue. Not many of us will have the need to practice mindfulness trapped in a flooded cave for two weeks; however we will be faced with obstacles, fear and challenges in our lives. How will we meet these challenges...with calm or chaos? The choice and the power is ours. Let me know if you would like help in learning how to bring the power of mindfulness meditation into your life...who knows, it may save your life.

Wishing you the power of calm within crisis,

Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HNB-BC  
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Meditation Maintenance

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 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

2018 Schedule

Evening sessions 7-9 PM
Sept 5  (note 1st Wednesday not 2nd)
Oct 10
Nov 14
Dec 12

Daytime sessions
12:30-2:30 PM   
Sept 12 (note Wednesday not Friday in September)
Oct 12
Nov 9
Dec 14

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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Workshop this Sunday Aug 19
Have you heard about #theKindnessRocksProject? It is a grass-roots initiative to come together to create and share messages of compassion..In other words a perfect activity to express come creativity and compassion mindfully. 

Stress Resources is pleased to participate in this heartfelt project by hosting a workshop to create, paint and share messages of compassion on Sunday August 19 from 3-5 pm at our office at 97 Lowell Rd, Concord MA.

All materials are provided, but feel free to bring some smooth rocks of your own. Space is limited to 8 participants. Come and be inspired! No previous experience necessary.

Click here to register (pre-registration required by Friday August 17)
Invest in Yourself 

Invest in yourself...with Individual Mindfulness Training

Do you have limited time for practice?

Do you want a personalized solution to build a  mindfulness meditation practice?

Do you live outside of greater Boston?

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 or Zoom. 

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 
Collective Wisdom
Australian physician, Dr. Catherine Crock is doing amazing work in addressing pain, stress and anxiety in medically complex kids, their families and caregivers. I recently became acquainted with her work with the HUSH Foundation and I am definitely a super fan! 

Collective Wisdom is the newest Hush Foundation is now at the top of my playlist. Check out the Hush Foundation and their projects focused on creating environments of healing.
Fall Group MBSR Registration Open

The program that you have heard about... MBSR

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is considered the gold standard of stress management and meditation programs by the healthcare community. Most of the studies that are referenced in the news on the benefits of meditation are based on MBSR. 

Stress Resources' Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is taught by well-respected mindfulness expert, Pam Ressler. Pam is also the co-creator and co-director of a graduate program in theory and practice of mindfulness at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Group classes begin on:
Wednesday, Oct 10 (morning class) and
Monday, Oct 15 (evening class) and will be offered in historic Concord, Massachusetts. 

Class size is limited to a maximum of 15 participants (and a minimum of 6 participants)

For more information or to register for the upcoming MBSR group program,  click here

Stress Resources' Bookshelf
I love this new book that arrived on the Stress Resources' bookshelf recently.

The Mindful Twenty-Something by Holly B. Rogers, MD is a concise, readable introduction to mindfulness practices, specifically for the millennial generation. 

Based on the mindfulness training program called Koru Mindfulness.  Koru is the Maori word for the spiral shape of a new fern frond, symbolizing new growth. Lots of practical advice and structure for those interested in exploring mindfulness. A well researched and practical book to start exploring mindfulness.

 Stress Resources on Instagram
Have you checked out @stressresources on Instagram yet? 

I love to create visual stories. You may have noticed (and hopefully enjoy) the many photos I share on my blog and other social media platforms. . Looking deeply is one way to remain curious and mindful of the world around us. 

I have started playing in the creative sandbox of Instagram...sharing some of my favorite bits of beauty, words of wisdom, and just random moments on mindfulness and whimsy that make me observe, think and smile. 

Please join me on Instagram at @stressresources