May 2017      
Sunset on Charlevoix
C.P. Cavafy

As you set out on the way to Ithaca
hope that the road is a long one,
filled with adventures, filled with understanding.
The Laestrygonians and the Cyclopes,
Poseidon in his anger: do not fear them,
you'll never come across them on your way
as long as your mind stays aloft, and a choice
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Laestrygonians and the Cyclopes,
savage Poseidon; you'll not encounter them
unless you carry them within your soul,
unless your soul sets them up before you.
Hope that the road is a long one.
Many may the summer mornings be
when-with what pleasure, with what joy-
you first put in to harbors new to your eyes;
may you stop at Phoenician trading posts
and there acquire fine goods:
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and heady perfumes of every kind:
as many heady perfumes as you can.
To many Egyptian cities may you go
so you may learn, and go on learning, from their sages.
Always keep Ithaca in your mind;
to reach her is your destiny.
But do not rush your journey in the least.
Better that it last for many years;
that you drop anchor at the island an old man,
rich with all you've gotten on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave to you the beautiful journey;
without her you'd not have set upon the road.
But she has nothing left to give you any more.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca did not deceive you.
As wise as you'll have become, with so much experience,
you'll have understood, by then, what these Ithacas mean. 


One of my favorite poems is Ithaca. I have read and reread it over the years. I pull it out when I need a gratitude boost, words that speak to the awe of the unexpected journey. It is an ode to mindfulness and of finding a sense of wellbeing where we least expect it. 

In this month's newsletter I have included some ways to consider navigating wellbeing. I invite you to take a look at the video by Richard Davidson discussing the four constituents of wellbeing, or peruse the beautiful book of photos and prose on resilience,  Penguin the Magpie. Perhaps you are ready to strengthen your wellbeing through building skills of meditation or you may want to broaden your idea of how mindfulness can be brought into environments of learning. Whatever you choose, know that you are on an amazing journey.

Wishing you wellbeing on your journey,

Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HNB-BC  
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2017 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. 

2017 Schedule

Evening sessions meet 7-9 PM
May 10
June 14 
No meeting in July/Aug
Sept 6 (NOTE 1st Wed)
Oct 11
Nov 8
Dec 13

Daytime sessions meet
12:30-2:30 PM   
May 12
June 16 (Note 3rd Fri)
No meeting in July/Aug
Sept 8
Oct 13
Nov 10
Dec 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 in Education

A wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in integrating mindfulness into eduction....the 10th annual Mindfulness in Education Conference will be held in Boston this year from June 16-18. Discounted rates for early sign-ups. 

The conference will be held on the Tufts campus in Medford/Somerville and is open to anyone interested in creatively bringing mindfulness into classroom and learning don't need to be a classroom teacher. 

Find out more information about the conference  here
Stress Resources' Bookshelf
I am always on the look out for unique books, stories of resilience that are unexpected and authentic.  Penguin the Magpie: The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family is such a book. Savor the exquisite photos and embrace the power of a little bird to heal a family. 

I am grateful to my friend, Wendy for introducing me to this exquisite little book of hope and healing in the face of unexpected challenges. This is a great book for adults and kids to explore what being resilient means together.    

The Neuroscience of Wellbeing

Richard Davidson, the founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin--Madison explains the neuroscience of wellbeing in this short video. It is interesting to consider what we once believed were innate traits are not static but malleable throughout our lives.

Dr. Davidson suggests that that wellbeing is composed of four constituents: resilience, outlook, attention, and generosity. All of which are supported and expanded by mindfulness practices. Perhaps this is the motivation you need to engage or evolve a  meditation  practice?

Individual Mindfulness Training


From C-suite executives to athletes to entreprenuers to students... Individual Mindfulness Training works!!!! Let's create a customized, flexible, individualized approach to mindfulness that will be sustainable and  for YOU. 
  • 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?
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