February/March 2018     


"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show." ~ Andrew Wyeth

Like an artist acutely observing the "bone structure" of the landscape, the practice of mindfulness draws us into noticing the unfurling of the present moment. Often the present moment is nearly undetectable in our daily busyness, yet the practice of meditation seems too abstract and esoteric. Don't get bogged down with the perceived challenge of formal meditation...instead I invite you, this month, to step into the informal practice of mindfulness, no meditation cushion or yoga mat required! Check out my 1-5-7 plan (highlighted in this newsletter) as a great way to get started with the informal practice of mindfulness. Let me know some of your favorite ways to increase your informal mindfulness.

Make the waning winter season a time of acute observation by practicing informal mindfulness...be surprised by what you notice.

Wishing you a mindful month,
Pam 

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
March 7 (note date change)
Apr 11
May 9
Jun 13

Daytime sessions
12:30-2:30 PM   
Mar 16 (note date change)
Apr 13
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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1-5-7 Plan for Mindfulness
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Mindfulness is simple...but not easy! We often get stuck in the effort of "finding time", trying to craft the "perfect" space or environment for meditation, etc. Mindfulness simply means: paying attention, in a particular way, to the present moment without judgement. 

Here's a radical idea for building informal mindfulness that you may want to try this month...stop trying so hard and simply commit to 1 informal mindfulness practice (probably something you are already doing) for 5 minutes for 7 consecutive days. You will be surprised with the results! 


Reflections on #HaikuChallenge18
Thank you to all who participated in this year's #HaikuChallenge18...either by writing or reading the haikus posted each day. What a fun way to mindfully enter the new year. A round of applause for all of you!

Participants posted their mindful haikus on Facebook, Twitter, on personal blogs and in journals. #HaikuChallenge18 went international as well this year. Those using the hashtag of Stress Resource's #HaikuChallenge 18 spanned the globe and posted in several languages. 

So what did I learn?...that mindfulness is universal, something we humans connect with and hunger for in our lives. 

I look forward to creating more mindful challenges throughout 2018...stay tuned. If you would like to read some of the haikus written for #HaikuChallenge 18, check out my blog.
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 

Using Apps for Mindfulness Training
I often field questions about the benefit or lack of benefit of digital meditation and mindfulness apps. 

You may have noticed a plethora of choices available and wondered about how to discern helpful from hype. While digital apps cannot take the place of developing a self-generated meditation practice, judicious use may help to strengthen and sustain a practice. For a digital app to be helpful to a mindfulness practice it should support and/or enhance:
  • Attention
  • Awareness
  • Action
Want to learn more about my criteria and recommendations? Download my free tip sheet: Meditation Apps to Support Mindfulness