Spring 2017      
Crocus March 31
by Mary Oliver

a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring
down the mountain.
All night
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring
I think of her,
her four black fists
flicking the gravel,
her tongue
like a red fire
touching the grass,
the cold water.
There is only one question:
how to love this world.
I think of her
like a black and leafy ledge
to sharpen her claws against
the silence
of the trees.
Whatever else
my life is
with its poems
and its music
and its cities,
it is also this dazzling darkness
down the mountain,
breathing and tasting;
all day I think of her -
her white teeth,
her wordlessness,
her perfect love.


Spring...a tease of warm weather one day, followed by snow the next. The natural rhythms of the seasons appear if we take time to notice, with patience, trust, and a mindful curiosity. Perhaps spring is the season that tests our patience the most; reminding us that we can take our time waking up, breathing, tasting, noticing, exploring as we, too, come down the mountain into spring.

I have been busy during the winter season helping various groups and organizations to cultivate resilience. Mindfulness is a cornerstone of sustainable resilience; so it is exciting to see the various ways in which mindfulness is slowly starting to weave into the fabric of our culture. In this newsletter, I hope to spark a sense of curiosity by introducing you to a couple of the new books using mindfulness as a framework, or exploring how mindfulness might play a role in middle school education, or perhaps considering how you might spend a moment of mindfulness by bringing awareness to a personal rite of spring.   

Wishing you the gift of curiosity and exploration this spring,

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

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
April 12
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   
April 14
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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From the Stress Resources' Bookshelf
Over the past couple of months, I have made room for a couple of new books on the Stress Resources' bookshelf, authored by thought leaders in the field of mindfulness.

I have long respected Dr. Ron  Epstein for the 
work he hasdone in exploring and validating the benefit of mindfulness training especially in mindful communication for health care providers. In his first book, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity, Dr. Epstein shares his knowledge and his hope that introducing mindfulness into clinical care may help guide health care to a more compassionate place of healing.

Also, recently published is an excellent book by Dr. Judson Brewer, Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School,  

Dr Brewer, a neuroscientist and expert in the field of addiction and behavior change, explores the role mindfulness may play in supporting and sustaining recovery from addicting behaviors. 

It is wonderful to see the field of mindfulness expanding through many voices. What's currently on your bookshelf that relates to mindfulness?
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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?

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Mindfulness in Middle School
Release by Julia Salzman

Release by Julia Salzman

Over 70% of middle school age youth report high levels of stress. As troubling as this percentage is, I believe it calls out a larger issue-- the lack of tools of resilience for our youth. Mindfulness is one way to cultivate resilience in all ages but especially in our youngest members of society.  

This short film, Release by Julia Salzman, a sequel to the film Just Breathefocuses on middle school youth and their need to find balance and focus as they learn to navigate a complex world. 

Stress Resources consults with schools to train faculty and staff as well as students in key components of resilience and stress hardiness.

Rites of Spring

What are your rites of spring? For me one of my favorites is the annual return of the hanging nasturtiums at the Isabella Steward Gardner museum in Boston. 

A magnificent display that only lasts a couple of weeks, making it even more special. The beauty of impermanence...a mindful moment honoring the arrival of spring. Enjoy. 

The Hanging Nasturtiums at the Gardner March 2017