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Due to the COVID crisis, in-person classes are suspended
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, including the current COVID crisis. These and other stresses are an indication of the “size of the cloth” – the fabric of the difficulties that we 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?”
Five ways to develop mindfulness
Have you already taken an 8-Week Course? Here are five ways for MBSR alumni and others with basic meditation experience to develop their practice:
1. Meditate regularly with others
2. Get regular or occasional teacher guidance
3. Build retreat practice into your life
4. Take a class to connect with others and expand your understanding
5. Read Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
1. Meditate regularly with others
Gentle Meditation Online: Weekly Meditations with Karin Pfluger
- This offering is under construction – come back soon for more information
Zen Meditation Online: Ocean Sangha Meetings 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
2. Get guidance from a teacher
Mindfulness 1-on-1 Online 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 Online page
ACT 1-on-1 Online 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 Online page
3. Build retreat into your life
Online Live 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 Online Retreats page
4. Expand your knowledge in an alumni class
NOTICE: Due to COVID, in-person alumni classes are suspended
Suspended: Mindfulness Essentials: 3-session program in summer
- Designed for inspiration and relaxation
Strengthen mindfulness essentials in a non-traditional retreat intensive that features journaling and conversation alongside meditation. Led by StressCare instructors.
Suspended: 8-Week Class: Advancing in Stillness
- 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.
Suspended: 6-Week Class: Song of Silence
- 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.
Suspended: 3-Hour Event: Holiday Renewal
- 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.
Programs for Ongoing Practice are for anyone who has completed an 8-Week MBSR Course or has basic experience in meditation. Online Retreats, Meditation Meetings and Mindfulness 1-on-1 Online are open to both newcomers and experienced meditators.