January 2018     

winter trees

Instructions for living a life. 
Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
Tell about it. 

~ Mary Oliver

As the new year unfolds we are inundated with ways to "better" oneself to live a more fulfilling life. Gym memberships, storage container stores, weight-loss programs, and organic grocery stores sales peak during the month of January. We are bound and determined that this year will be different than last, we will make resolutions that are sticky and sustainable. As we round the corner into February how many of these resolutions remain? Perhaps the bar is set to high, perhaps we are simply stepping into future thinking as we ignore the present? Mary Oliver so eloquently breaks it down, in such a simple yet profound way, pay attention, be astonished, tell about it. Perhaps the instructions for living a mindful life were right here all along. Will you join me this year in finding a bit of awe each day? However you choose to drop into noticing (mindfulness), make sure you find a bit of extraordinary in the ordinary each day.

Wishing you an extraordinary new year.,

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

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
Jan 10
Feb 14
Mar 14
Apr 11
May 9
Jun 13

Daytime sessions
12:30-2:30 PM   
Jan 12
Feb 16 (note date change)
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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Mindfulness Program (MBSR) Begins on January 22
Don't miss out on the program you have heard about! 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) still has some spaces available for the Winter session...but class size is limited, so register soon!

Group classes begin January 22, and will be offered on Monday evenings 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

Jump start your mindfulness practice in 2018 by participating in Stress Resources' HaikuChallenge18. 

J oin me and friends from around the world in composing a haiku a day for the month of January. A haiku is a mindful observation in a structured format of three lines, composed of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. 

Take a look at some of some of the haikus that have been posted on my blog, on Stress Resources' Facebook page, or on Twitter using the hashtag #haikuchallenge18. 

Don't worry if you don't want to commit to a daily haiku -- just jump in at any time and join our mindful conversation.
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 

Hygge for Healthcare
You may recall the Danish concept of "hygge" (here is a blog post from last year where I briefly explored this concept). Hygge (HOO-gah) is a sense of coziness, embracing relaxation through all of the senses. Environmental sounds are not always mentioned when one discusses hygge, but we know that sound is important in promoting relaxation. 

Recently, I had the pleasure of being introduced to an innovative Danish-American nurse, Anne Taylor, RN, BSN, who has woven the concept of hygge into creating an environment of healing through music with her company Scandic Health. As you know, I believe nurses are the untapped innovators in healthcare -- the MacGuyers, who can look at a problem and find creative ways to solve. I invite you to watch this YouTube video about MusiCure and let me know what you think...is this hygge for healthcare?