November 2010


Tree at Dusk 

"The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of.  The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July."

~ Henry David Thoreau 

As we now experience sunset here in the Northeast at the early hour of 4:30 PM, do we cherish the fleeting yellow sunlight of November more than the bounty of sunshine in July?  In many ways, I believe we do...when things are scarce we tend to notice them more.  As we enter the holiday season of preparation and busyness, we can take comfort in knowing that practicing wabi-sabi (see article below), honoring the beauty of imperfection, incompleteness, and impermanence, allows us to notice more and stress less.  A gentle reminder that the thin yellow light of November can warm us and exhilarate us as much as the bounty of sunshine in July.


Wishing you a month of wabi-sabi,


In This Issue
Meditation Maintenance
The Season to Practice Wabi-Sabi
Flexible MBSR: Private and Semi-Private Training Sessions
10 Tips for Stress LESS Holidays
Say Om...Give a Gift of Relaxation
Why Does Healthcare Need Social Media?
National Family Caregiver Awareness Month
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 Monthly Meditation Maintenance
Wed. Evenings & Fri. Afternoons 

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. 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. Note that evening sessions are now held on the 2nd WEDNESDAY of each month.
Fall 2010 Schedule

Evening sessions meet 7-9 PM
Wed, Nov 10
Wed, Dec 8
Daytime sessions meet 12:30-2:30
Fri, Nov 12
Fri, Dec 10 

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 $15 per session. Register by e-mail or by phone (978-369-5243).  
The Season to Practice Wabi-Sabi
Japanese tea ceremonyStudents in my meditation classes often hear me talk about "wabi-sabi" or the Japanese concept of aesthetics.  The term wabi-sabi means the inherent beauty of imperfection, impermanence and incompleteness. Wabi-sabi is such a wonderful word to borrow from the Japanese language, especially during crazy, busy times in our lives.  Practicing wabi-sabi has become my refrain during the holiday season...the perfection of imperfection!  How will you practice wabi-sabi this holiday season?  I would love to share some of your tips for practicing wabi-sabi in December's newsletter, please email me your tips!

Flexible MBSR: Individual Training

Flexible MBSRLet's jump start your meditation training. Have you been wanting to explore Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training (MBSR) but find the group structure or timing do not meet your needs?  You may be interested in Flexible MBSR: Individual Training option that Stress Resources offers. 

Flexible MBSR:Individual Training covers the material offered in the group sessions and takes place over 8-12 weeks to allow for integration of learning.  Four individual sessions (one hour each) are scheduled at the participant's convenience with morning, afternoon and evening sessions available.  Additional training sessions may be added as needed.

10 Tips for Stress LESS Holidays

Holiday StressNote I didn't say Stress FREE holidays!  If you are beginning to feel stressed, stressed, and MORE stressed...take a breath and read one of my most requested tip sheets.  Pick one or two tips and see if they make a difference in experiencing a more mindful holiday season.

 Say Om...Give a Gift of Relaxation
Looking for a great little gift for yourself or others during the holidays? What better than giving a gift of relaxation with a copy of Opening the Door to Meditation. The CD can be played on a laptop computer or easily loaded on an MP3 player. 
Opening the Door to Meditation incorporates both spoken meditation and music to draw you effectively into relaxation and meditation.  Studies have shown a positive effect on attention and focused tasks by individuals who incorporate mindfulness meditation into their daily routines. A great way to take a break during your busy day...all the CD tracks are approximately 20 minutes or less!   

How can you order Opening the CDDoor to Meditation?
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Do you already have a copy of Opening the Door to Meditation?  First, thank you for purchasing a copy and secondly, we would love to hear your comments!  You can post them directly on the Stress Resources Facebook Page Find us on Facebook or to the Amazon.com review area. 
Why Does Healthcare Need Social Media?

connection through social media
I am often asked how someone who teaches "mindfulness" can be involved in the  use of social media in healthcare. To me, social media used judiciously, can be an incredible tool for communication and connection, especially for those who are isolated due to age, chronic disease or disability.  Many tools of social media can be harnessed to provide a means of increasing resiliency to those who need it most.  You may be interested in a recently published article I co-authored with Dr. Greer Glazer, dean of the University of Massachusetts Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences about Nursing's Engagement in Health Policy and Healthcare Through Social Media, as well as one of my blog posts entitled: Technology and Resilience.  I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.  You can comment directly on my blog or send me an email.

November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month

Family caregiverDid you know that November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month?  The number of individuals who are family caregivers has grown exponentially over the past decade with estimates now at 65 million family caregivers in the United States.  As we see more and more caregivers in the "sandwich generation", those caring for both elderly relatives as well as children at home, it is no wonder that caregiver stress is increasing as well.  Take a moment during this month to thank a caregiver...whether it is yourself or someone else.  Here are some great resources for family caregivers: