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Mindfulness as a way of life
Mindfulness for a lifetime requires patience, grit and heart. Sometimes just getting out of bed is an act of courage. Dealing with daily physical pain is an act of courage, coping with loss, or persistent stress at work or home – these and other stresses are an indication of the “size of the cloth” – the fabric of the difficulties that we will all face at times in our lives.
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We find courage and even joy when we do this work together. Mindfulness becomes more than a technique or a method – it becomes a way of responding, and finally a way of being. We enact the healing we are looking for, and we can relax.
All I have to do is let go….what happens if I can’t let go? What happens if I can?”
Recommendations for meditators
What’s next after an 8-Week Course? Here are ways for MBSR alumni and others with basic meditation experience to develop their practice:
- Meditate regularly with others
Get regular or occasional teacher guidance
Build retreat practice into your life
Take a class to connect with others and expand your understanding
Read Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Meditate regularly with others
Monday Night Meditation: Ocean Sangha with David Weinberg
- Build a whole life practice with a group of dedicated people
Alumni and other meditators inspired to commit to regular group practice in a simple Zen style may join Ocean Sangha, a sister organization to StressCare. We practice sitting and walking meditation, and engage in study and conversation to enhance our understanding of meditation and its applications to daily life. Sangha is a Sanskrit word that means ‘people who practice together.’ Learn more on our Ocean Sangha page
Get guidance from a teacher
Mindfulness 1-on-1 with Karin Pfluger
- Explore your stressors, life and practice questions
Karin offers structured mindfulness programs or customized sessions for both newcomers and for people who have had some mindfulness training. Learn more on our Mindfulness 1-on-1 page
ACT 1-on-1 with David Weinberg
- For meditators with anxiety or depression
David offers systematic ACT sessions for people who are feeling stuck in their life and practice, or suffer from anxiety or depression. These sessions are for people who have had some mindfulness training. Learn more on our ACT 1-on-1 page
Build retreat into your life
All-day Retreat: 6 hours on a Saturday, four times a year
- Restorative silent practice
Nourish your practice with sitting, walking, lying down, and yoga meditations from the 8-Week MBSR Course, led by StressCare instructors. Learn more on our Retreats page
Mindfulness Weekend: 3-Session Event in winter and summer
- Designed for inspiration and relaxation
Strengthen mindfulness essentials in a non-traditional retreat that features journaling and conversation alongside meditation. This 3-session event is led by senior StressCare teachers. Learn more on our Mindfulness Weekend page
Expand your knowledge in a class
8-Week Class: Advancing in Stillness – 2018 classes are complete
- A step-by-step method for building a fulfilling life
Advancing in Stillness features active investigation of one’s personal values and resources, and engaging in a step-by-step method for taking action towards fulfillment. The class includes uncovering facts and myths about anxiety, and learning skillful ways of handling unwelcome thoughts, feelings and perceived barriers.
6-Week Class: Song of Silence – 2018 classes are complete
- Making sitting meditation more structured and rewarding
Song of Silence features systematic meditation exercises that gently transform fear-based patterns held deeply in the body and mind. Weekly exercises are designed to make sitting meditation more concrete, to relieve unconscious tension, and to facilitate positive change – through inquiry, imagery and conscious breathing. Based on the systematic approach developed by Thich Nhat Hanh.
3-Hour Event: Holiday Renewal – 2018 class is complete
- Meditation and reflection for the holidays
The holiday season is when many of us could benefit from extra support. It is also a wonderful time to pause and step back from the busyness of our lives. There will be time for meditation, reflection and community support. Nourish yourself and the people who depend on you with the gift of this class.
Ongoing Practice programs are for anyone who has completed an 8-Week MBSR Course or has basic experience in meditation. Mindfulness Weekends and Mindfulness 1-on-1 are open to both newcomers and experienced meditators.