I’m delighted to be bringing my interpretation of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to you!

Together we will work to empower ourselves to become more aware, less reactive and more compassionate. It’s all about practice-and you will be fully supported here with homework and an online community. I am available to you if you need anything.

One of the most important things to consider and devote yourself to for these next 8 weeks is to make the practices your own. I will offer suggestions and guidance, and hope that you will try them on, but don’t imagine that I know the best way for you to practice. Ultimately this work is about getting to know yourself so that you can craft a practice/series of practices that allows you find the ease that allows you to come to life in the most authentic way possible FOR YOU. You are one of a kind and only you can feel when this is right.
Do make a space in your home dedicated to practice. If you can’t do it there….then nothing we do will really change your life. We are learning to create the conditions that allow ease and awareness wherever we go. As Jon Kabat-Zinn titled his second book, it seems true that “Wherever You Go, There You Are!”

And please be gentle with yourself as we move through the classes-do your best but try to not be hard on yourself, judging your “progress”…just do your best and notice the small (or large) changes with gratitude.

While Discipline is a word often used in reference to such practices, I prefer the word DEVOTION. Won’t you please choose to DEVOTE this time to your well being and healing? It is not just for you-it ripples out to all with whom you share life.

Let’s do it! For all of us, as a gift to the world.

CORRECTED Zoom link for all classes: https://zoom.us/j/384781680

Week 1

This week is an introduction to Mindfulness and an overview of the course. We’ll also practice a guided body scan so if you’d like to lie down, set yourself up before our call! You may also like to have a journal …not for note-taking per se, but for some reflective work. I invite you to take this work in through your senses rather than through your head😍

Click here for 24 minute body scan

Click here for homework ( Remember if you wish to print, you must download first🤗)

Click here for video of today’s call

Please let me know if you have questions💖🙏:

“Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am.

That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself; and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself.”

~Thomas Merton

Week 2

OK Y’all- I got so excited to see our new friends I didn’t record….soooo here’s a redo-please let me know if I forgot anything.

I RE-recorded just after the call so hope I hit the main points! (Recording in 2 parts as lost internet midway!) Here’s where stress resilience helps😉

Click here for homework

Click here for body scan

Click here for recording part 1

Click here for recording part 2

Email me if you have questions and have fun within your practice!💖

How we see ourselves, our problems, our world….determines what we are capable of

~Albert Einstein

Week 3

This week’s class is pre-recorded.

We’ll meet for a short introductory call at 11 am 2/19.

Click here for replay

Please note new ZOOM link for the rest of our calls: https://zoom.us/j/384781680

Here’s the homework for week 3- there are a number of rich opportunities for practice-mix and match and see what you think/feel!

~17 minute Daily Energy Routine-takes the “static” out of the energy body and may well help you settle for deeper practice-don’t believe me though! try for yourself!

~PDF to describe some of Daily Energy Routine

~2 audio yoga practices from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s original work:Mindful yoga 1; Mindful yoga 2

~A 1.5 hour gentle yoga class

~A guided yoga Nidra-Mirrors into the Authentic self

~And homework! Apologies for quality-scanner ate last original!

Week 4

This week we begin our exploration of stress physiology -your body speaks your mind! Get to know it!

~Part 1 class video: 1:19 minutes

~Part 2 class video: 34 minutes

~Guided sitting meditation-about 23 minutes

~Short Triple Warmer practices-to calm the frazzled nervous system

~Homework

Enjoy this week-remember to just be curious about your physical body and the “mindfulness bells” that ring under stress

No need for judgment-just notice!

Week 5

More Stress Physiology!

~Class video

~Brain pic-depicts right and left hemispheres and functions

~Corpus callosum cartoon

~Dan Siegel Hand model of the brain-video

~Jill Bolte Taylor Ted talk-video-”Step to the right” and come to your senses when busy-minded or stressed

~Sarah Lazar Ted Talk-video

~Homework part 1-poetry and difficult communications

~Homework part 2-homework for week 5

We cannot solve problems using the same consciousness that created them

~Albert Einstein

Week 6

Wrap up of stress physiology and practicing non-violent communication

Class video

23 minute Loving Kindness Meditation

Homework

Video-Brene Brown on Charlottesville

Forgiveness is giving up hope of a better past

~Lily Tomlin

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