Summer 2016       

"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea." ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

What have been your gifts this summer? Did you notice them while they were happening or only in the rear view mirror of life? My students may recall me suggesting that we often set the bar too high for noticing these gifts--they need not be huge, celebratory events, but quiet, unexpected moments that invite us to pause and breathe. Mindfulness means bringing awareness and attention to the present moment, without judgement and without expectation. Mindfulness is simple but not easy! What will be your unexpected gifts this summer? Perhaps you will taste chocolate like you have never tasted it before, make a glitter jar, notice the intense colors roadside wildflowers, smell the scent of leaves on a walk in the woods, trace the spirals of of a seashell with your finger, listen to the evening songs of birds...or perhaps it will be something that you can't even imagine unless you simply open yourself to the possibility of the moment.

May you notice many gifts this summer,
Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HNB-BC

In This Issue
Pam's Blog
Meditation Maintenance Schedule
Mindfulness + Chocolate
Mindfulness for Kids: Glitter Jar
Fall MBSR Registration Now Open
Mindfulness and Gender
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. 

Fall Schedule

Evening sessions meet 7-9 PM
Sept 21 (note 3rd Wed)
Oct 12
Nov 9
Daytime sessions meet
12:30-2:30 PM   
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

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Mindfulness + Chocolate on Aug 13
Mindfulness + Chocolate...what's not to love? Every August I try to plan a unique way to experience mindfulness and this year is no exception. 

Join me on Saturday, August 13 from 1 PM until 3:30 PM for a private guided tour of the Taza chocolate factory in Somerville, MA. Mindfulness is about bringing awareness to the present moment through all of your senses...and savoring delicious traditional stone ground Mexican chocolate is a perfect opportunity to practice mindfulness as an informal meditation. Following the tour, I will lead an optional labyrinth walk at the Harvard Divinity School's outdoor labyrinth for those who would like to continue to explore mindfulness in motion. No prior meditation experience necessary, invite friends and family!

Cost is $35 pp. Registration is required. Click here for more information and to register. Directions will be sent to those registered. There is parking available at the Taza Factory.

Mindfulness for Kids: Glitter Jars

Are you looking for a fun, creative and crafty way to get your kids interested in mindfulness?  Psychologist, Christopher Willard (author of the book, Growing Up Mindful) suggests making a glitter jar. This is a great activity during the dog days of summer and will be helpful in incorporating mindfulness into the new school year. Click here for instructions to make your own Pinterest-worthy glitter jar. 

But before making your glitter jar, take a few minutes and watch this wonderful video, Just Breathe, which features glitter jars and some very mindful first and second graders.
Fall MBSR Classes Start in September
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.
Mindfulness and Gender
woman-walking-luggage.jpg A recent article in the Harvard Business Review posits that women need mindfulness more than men because they tend to multitask more than men. From my experience, I don't think this is entirely accurate, both men and women multitask but do so somewhat differently. The bottom line is that simultaneous tasking (multitasking) decreases one's ability to think creatively, decreases productivity, increases error rates and decreases efficiency. The good news is that using tools of mindfulness, even in very stressful lives, can make a positive difference, no matter what your gender.

Strategies for Success 

Individual Mindfulness Training

(on-site or online)

  • 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