September/October 2018     
Fall colors

Song for Autumn
~Mary Oliver
In the deep fall
don't you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don't you think
the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
warm caves, begin to think

of the birds that will come - six, a dozen - to sleep
inside their bodies? And don't you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets of snow? The pond
vanishes, and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly brings out
its blue shadows. And the wind pumps its
bellows. And at evening especially,
the piled firewood shifts a little,
longing to be on its way.

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons...conjuring up memories of the clean slate of a new school year, along with the blazing beauty and distinctive tastes and scents of fall. Nature doesn't whisper but shouts for us to notice her in this season...a perfect reminder that mindfulness is always available if we simply pause and notice. 

During this season, sandwiched between the extremes of summer and winter, how might you bring a bit more awareness, a bit more mindfulness into your everyday? For me, it is finding that one bit of beauty each day that i can focus on with my senses...perhaps it is a maple leaf that is the most brilliant shade of orange, or maybe the distinctive scent of smoke from a wood stove, or the anticipation of the crunch and sweet juice from a freshly picked apple. In our busyness, we often forget to harness the power of one bit of beauty...autumn shakes us awake to notice, if we let her.

Wishing you the power of a bit of beauty this season,

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

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 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

2018 Schedule

Evening sessions 7-9 PM
Oct 10
Nov 7--note 1st Wed
Dec 12

Daytime sessions
12:30-2:30 PM   
Oct 12
Nov 9
Dec 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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Register NOW for Fall MBSR

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

Group classes begin on:
Wednesday, Oct 10 (morning class) and
Monday, Oct 15 (evening 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

Fall Meditation Retreat Day Saturday November 17

Meditation is an individual practice and it can sometimes feel like you are the only one doing it! It is a powerful addition to any mediation practice to join together every now and then in a group practice or retreat. Stress Resources' offers retreat days twice a year -- a nurturing day of silence and meditation practice to relax and refuel from the busyness of our day to day lives. 

The next Meditation Retreat Day will be held on  Saturday, November 17 from 
9 am-2 pm in beautiful historic Concord, MA at the First Parish Church.  Some prior mediation practice is recommended as there will be limited instruction during the retreat. 

To register for the retreat (enrollment is limited to 15 participants)   click here or email Pam for more information.
Mindfulness in the Classroom

I recently learned about an innovative program, Mindful Music Moments, that is being well received in school districts in the Cincinnati, Ohio region (thanks, to my daughter, Jen, who is an elementary school teacher in the area). 

Mindful Music Moments, the brainchild of Stacy Simms (City Silence) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, brings four minutes of mindful listening into the classroom at the beginning of each school day. Stress reducing for both students, faculty and staff.

Learn more about how Mindful Music Moments is being implemented, click here
Invest in Yourself 

Invest in yourself...with Individual Mindfulness Training

Do you have limited time for practice?

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

Do you live outside of greater Boston?

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 (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 
Stress Resources' Bookshelf
I admit it...I have been bitten by the golf bug this year. 

What has struck me as I spend time on the driving range or putting 
green is the similarity between this activity and mindfulness meditation practice. The ability to continually bring awareness to both the body and mind is critical and lots of practice is essential.

Here are a couple of books that have found their way to my book shelf in the last month. 

What books have you found that bring the mind body connection to an activity that you love?

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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