January 2019     

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

~Mary Oliver 

Hello 2019! As the new year unfolds we may feel driven to create compelling yet ultimately unsustainable resolutions. What if we deliberately chose to embrace three simple instructions instead...pay attention, be astonished, tell about it?  I keep coming back to these phrases and wondering why are they so challenging to put into practice? So, with a nod to the poet, Mary Oliver, they have become my intentions for this year. Won't you join me? 

As I have done for the past several years, I am refueling my mindfulness practice by writing a haiku each day for the month of January with #HaikuChallenge19. I like to think of haiku as morsels of mindfulness, intentionally evoking awareness of nature, a thought or emotion. Haiku cultivate attention to the everyday and allow us to be astonished by what may have been invisible to our busy selves. When we slow down to compose a "one breath poem", we experience the world differently. I am excited to jump into this new year by paying attention, being astonished and telling about it...I hope to be looking at the world through haiku eyes a bit more often in 2019.  

I am grateful to you for reading the Stress Resources' newsletter each month and connecting with me in so many ways throughout the year. As 2019 unfolds, I would love to hear what additional programs or services you would like Stress Resources to offer...how might we work together to grow more mindful and resilient in the new year?

Wishing you a new year filled with possibility,

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

2018/19 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

2019 Schedule
Evening sessions 7-9 PM
Jan 9
Feb 13
Mar 13
Apr 10
May 8
Jun 12

Daytime sessions
12:30-2:30 PM
Jan 11
Feb 8 (special 12-4 pm)
Mar 8
Apr 12
May 10
Jun 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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8 Week MBSR Classes Starting Jan 7
meditation class from Boston Globe

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 director of a graduate program in theory and practice of mindfulness at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Group classes begin on:
Monday, Jan 7 (evening class) and 
Wednesday, Jan 9 (morning 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

Jump Start Your Mindfulness with #HaikuChallenge19
It's that time of year, a season filled with anticipation of new beginnings. For the past several years I have hosted a #HaikuChallenge as a way to jump start mindfulness in the new year. 

I consider haiku morsels of mindfulness...delicious in their simplicity and awareness of the present moment. You do not need to consider yourself a poet to create haiku...and you don't even need to follow the formula you probably learned in elementary school - three lines made up of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Modern haiku do not need the formal structure that we are familiar with, but certainly can be written in this pattern. Haiku are usually in the present tense as an observation that evokes awareness, thought or emotion. I love the description I once read..."a haiku is a poem that can be said in one breath". 

Come play in the haiku sandbox this January with like-minded folks! I will be writing one haiku a day for the month of January and posting them on my blog, Facebook (StressResources), Twitter (@pamressler) and Instagram (@StressResources) using the hashtag #HaikuChallenge19

Feel free to join in each day or only occasionally...be sure to share the hashtag #HaikuChallenge19 with friends...and let's get writing! 

Stress Resources' Bookshelf

This newly released book by Massachusetts General Hospital physician, Helen Riess, The Empathy Effect, explores the neuroscience of empathy. She makes the case that empathy is more than an innate trait, but also a skill that we can cultivate, nurture and measure. Empathy allows us to connect to others even though we may have differences. Empathy not only helps us to survive, but it helps us to thrive. To learn more about Dr. Riess' research on empathy, check out this TEDx talk.
Flexible Mindfulness Training

Do you have limited time for practice?

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

Do you prefer an individual learning environment with one on one coaching?

Do you travel frequently and need a virtual option? 

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

Stress Resources' Individual (Flexible) 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 (Flexible) 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 

P.S. Gift certificates are also available!
 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