June 2016       
 Greetings!

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." - Thornton Wilder

Gratitude is intricately related to mindfulness. As Thornton Wilder so eloquently states in the quote above, our hearts need to be conscious (or mindful) of our treasures to be truly alive. Sometimes we need to set the bar pretty low to find those moments of gratitude, but if we look closely enough they are always there. Summer colors practically scream out joy and celebration, the taste of fresh fruit and vegetables still warm from the sun allow us to savor our treasures, the sound of crickets chirping or the morning song of birds practically giddy with the early light remind us that mindfulness and gratitude are ever present in nature, if we pause long enough to notice.

May your month be filled with moments of awareness and gratitude...Happy Summer,

Pam

Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HNB-BC
 


In This Issue
Pam's Blog
Meditation Maintenance Schedule
Lavender Fesitval June 25-June 26
Gratitude is Good for Your Health
Fall MBSR Registration Now Open
Strategies for Success
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Meditation Maintenance


2016 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.

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. 


Summer/Fall Schedule


Evening sessions meet 7-9 PM
No July session
August TBD (special event )
Sept 21 (note 3rd Wed)
Oct 12
Nov 9
 
Daytime sessions meet
12:30-2:30 PM   
No July session 
August TBD (special event)
Sept 9
Oct 14
Nov 11

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

Register by email
 

   

 

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Lavender Festival June 25-June 26
Looking for a fragrant respite this weekend? The 13th annual Lavender Festival at Johnson Hill Farm in Buckland, Massachusetts will take place on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday June 26, rain or shine.

Imagine walking a labyrinth made of lush lavender plants. Spend time in an idyllic setting for some body, mind and spirit renewal.

Here is a link to directions to Johnson Hill Farm and the lavender labyrinth  

Gratitude is Good for Your Health

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Mindfulness and gratitude are intricately related. You must slow down and observe to practice gratitude. Gratitude is an emotion that is being explored by researchers interested in health and well-being. Like mindfulness, gratitude  is a quality that can be cultivated and nourished. Studies suggest that practicing gratitude may positively impact your immune system and lower blood pressure, just like mindfulness. In fact, The Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley is in the middle of a multi-year grant funded by the Templeton Foundation researching how gratitude affects individuals and communities.

Studies have shown that journaling is helpful in capturing moments of gratitude during your day. However, the good news is that daily journaling is not necessary to reap benefit. In fact, it is more important to be specific about what you are grateful for than more frequent entries in a journal. For instance, "I am grateful for my co-workers" is not as health promoting as a more specific entry, such as "I am grateful that Elizabeth surprised me with an iced tea when she came to work today." Stopping, and dropping into mindfulness for even a few seconds helps you capture moments of gratitude. You may choose to write down your items of gratitude at the end of the day or perhaps during the day while they happen...the choice is yours.

Some people like to take their gratitude journaling to the digital space by using apps such as the 5 minute journal app which gives you reminders and prompts. However, the plain old analog version of pencil and paper works great!

Give yourself a "gratitude challenge" over the next few weeks...try to capture those fleeting moments of gratitude and then write them down..reflecting mindfully as you write. I would love to hear your results.


Registration is Open for Fall MBSR
 
MBSR Registration is now open for Stress Resources' Fall Group MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Program. The program consists of 8 weekly sessions held in beautiful, historic Concord Massachusetts. Small class size enables me to tailor the class more individually than some larger programs.

The course will be offered on Monday evenings beginning on September 26 (7-9 PM) and Friday mornings beginning on September 30 (9:30-11:30 AM). Both evening and morning sessions currently have availability. Enrollment is limited to 16 in each session.

Register soon, as Fall session usually fills quickly. Blue Cross Blue Shield discount is available. Click here for registration information.
 

Join me this summer!

 

Strategies for Success 

Individual Mindfulness Training

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  • Are you looking for strategies to engage more successfully in your professional life?
  • Would you like an individualized approach to mindfulness?
  • Weekly group classes don't work for your schedule?
  • Are you a "totally Type A person" and cannot fathom how meditation would work for you?
  • Do you live too far from my office in the Boston area?
Let's work together to create an individualized approach to mindfulness that will work for YOU. I work with clients across the country, no need to be in the Boston area.

  

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 Concord office 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