Friday, November 13, 2015

MBSR Winter/Spring 2016 Bedford, NH


Class is FULL as of 2/4/2016

MBSR Winter/SPRING 2016 Bedford NH


ORIENTATION DATE CHANGED TO THE 15th OF FEBRUARY DUE TO THE SNOW FORECAST FOR THE 8th

FREE Orientation* and Information Session

Monday, FEBRUARY 8th, 2015 
(Snow Date Monday Feb 15th)
Riddle Brook School
230 New Boston Road 
Bedford, NH
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00PM

The Actual Classes will run on Monday evenings 7PM to 9:00PM.  Some classes run a bit longer, so allow for this in your schedule please:

Feb 29  March 7, 14, 21, 28   April 11, 18   May 2, plus one Saturday April 16th 8:45AM to 3PM

Make sure the dates work for you, especially the Saturday class....if you have to miss more then 2 weekly classes, or the Saturday class, or the orientation, you should take the program at another time. It is important to make every effort to attend classes.......MBSR is not a "part-time" class and in order to receive the best possible outcome, plan on making sure your schedule allows for this 8-week program.


Course Cost for Spring 2016 is $325 and includes all class materials, CD's, and all classes, with an additional  $100 discount offered to any current school employee located throughout NH or MA, or anyone over the age of 65.


Please keep in mind, if the full cost for the actual 8-week, traditional class seems beyond your reach or puts undue strain on your budget, please let me know this fact. My personal aim is to bring the MBSR program to as many people as I can, by whatever means possible. I am most willing to work with you to make it affordable. Please, do not hesitate to email or call me so we can make it work for you to take this wonderful class together! No need to pay for class until Orientation night concludes. Payment is due in full at the end of this night.


*Orientation is required of all participants who intend to enroll in the Spring 2016, 8-week session. No exceptions, so if you cannot attend, you will need to chose another time to take the class.
You must pre-register with the instructor for the Orientation and Information Night. Deadline to register is Friday the 5th of February.


The orientation is important to attend. It is a chance for you to hear a course overview and learn some of the history behind the development of this outstanding program. It is also a tried and true measure of deciding if MBSR is right for you. You do not need to pay for the full program until orientation night.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The 8-week, traditional MBSR program enables participants to learn and develop powerful inner resources for coping with stress, anxiety and uncertainty while enhancing stability in the midst of difficult situations. The result of which is greater health, balance, ease, clarity and peace of mind.

Participants will experience and learn guided instruction in mindfulness meditation, gentle stretching and mindful yoga, methods of mindful communication, as well as particiapte in both group and individualized instruction.

Founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School Professor Emeritus, the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Program is the place where the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) all began. To date it has given rise to over 750 programs worldwide, as well as led the way toward over 30 years of research to substantiate its effectiveness.

This carefully laid out program closely follows the current format used by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It will enable participants to continue on with what they have learned long after the 8-weeks are over. The class itself is highly supportive and well structured and the instructor, who received training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, is well versed in guiding the program.

Potential students should contact the instructor as soon as possible to register, as space is limited. Please call 603-801-8945 or email me at cbhoward@mac.com.


NOTE: Cecilia teaches the traditional, consecutive 8-week program that was developed and launched by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn over 30 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, that to date has given rise to well over 750 MBSR programs worldwide.  Cecilia Howard, was professionally trained to teach MBSR and completed both the practicum teacher training at UMASS Medical School and the 7-Day MBSR Professional Training Retreat for health care providers and educators:  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine led by Jon Kabat-Zinn,PhD. and Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA. Cecilia is a long time meditator and yoga practitioner, having practiced both for over 21 years. In addition to this program, she teaches meditation classes for the Town of Bedford, has taught Mindful Living classes at Goffstown HS through the Adult Education program, and meditation classes for the Manchester YMCA, and currently runs a mindfulness meditation practice group that meets at BYPC in Bedford once a month on a Sunday from 10AM to 11:15AM. She is also a professionally trained and educated artist, writer of a Blog called The Mindful Matrix and a former banking and sales/marketing professional who in addition to her early management career, developed and taught a myriad of leadership, business development and team building programs. She is a trained public speaker and true motivator. Her humor and enthusiasm, as well as her open-minded approach to life are invaluable assets to her when teaching or guiding students.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Join Us for Meditation

DROP IN FOR MEDITATION CLASS
Bedford, NH  Town Hall 
WE ARE STARTING UP AGAIN! NOTE THE NEW START TIME OF 7:30PM.  
I THOUGHT EARLIER MIGHT BE BETTER FOR MORE FOLKS. SEE DATES BELOW FOR OTHER MEET UP DATES. 
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE!
 
Taking this time for YOU, and settling into the stillness with some reflective mindfulness meditation. So, unwind, relax and find more calm moments in the midst of all that is happening in your life right now.


Each week I will guide the group in a variety of mindfulness meditations.

All Classes held on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 PM.


This class is for anyone, regardless of your experience with meditation, so beginners to the more advanced. Wear loose, comfortable clothes, bring along a yoga mat, pillows, blanket, cushion, etc. or anything else you may need for your comfort. Chairs are provided.

About the Instructor: Cecilia has been teaching meditation and mindfulness classes for the Town of Bedford and the Adult Education Program in Goffstown. She also teaches the full 8-week traditional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program as taught at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she received her training. In addition, Cecilia is a 22-year practitioner of both yoga and meditation. Those who have taken her classes are typically struck by her enthusiasm and willingness to share her knowledge of mindfulness practices. Making people feel at ease by debunking the myths and iconic images of meditation is what keeps people coming back again and again to her classes.


See below for details as to specific class dates:

2015 Dec 3 10  17 

2016 Jan 7 14 21 28   Feb 4 11 18 25    Mar 17 24 31
Apr 7 14 21 28      May 5 12 19 26



LOCATION: Bedford Town Hall (across from the Library) Plenty of parking behind the building on Meetinghouse Road.
COST: Fee is donation-based (suggested donation $5-$10 per class, paid by cash or check directly to the teacher each week)
SPONSORED BY: Bedford Parks & Recreation Department
Visit our website: www.BedfordRecOnline.com or call 472-5242


This weekly class is a time to practice meditation for those that like establishing a routine or for those who are unable to make our monthly Sunday classes. But it is also for anyone who wants to see how effective and truly beneficial meditation can be in your life.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Try Meditation!

A Taste of Mindfulness Meditation Practice Group

Bedford, NH

  DATE: Sunday October 18, 2015

10AM to 11:15AM
                                                




Whether you are new to meditation or more practiced, please come out and join our monthly Sunday practice group! This is a fun, relaxed and comfortable group of like-minded individuals who come together each month to reinforce their mindfulness practice or to discover something new about meditation. So, it is a time for both discovery and insight about yourself and your practice. 

Each month we will alternate with a variety of guided meditations, silent sitting time, gentle mindful stretches, and perhaps a walking meditation or reading relevant to mindfulness. Please try to be on time as we start promptly at 10AM. If you arrive late, enter quietly and find a seat. Turn all cell phones off or place on vibrate.

The format for the class allows ample time for Q and A, and discussion at the conclusion of the meditation(s) and is time for you to discuss anything related to the morning practice. You do not have to stay for the Q&A portion, which occurs around 11AM, but can leave at this time.

Regular attendance truly does make a difference, however please come join us any time you are able to schedule the time. If that means one Sunday every few months  or so, that's perfectly fine! Please feel free to bring anyone along with you anytime as well.

No "set fee" is asked of you, however it would be so helpful for all of you to leave a donation in the box provided each Sunday when you are able to attend.  I do share half of the donations with BYPC for lending me the room, free of charge.

Suggested donation is $5 to $10. 


It is SO deeply appreciated and helps me to know it is in fact, appreciated in return!

We are located in the REAR of the building at BYPC, the Bedford Youth Performing Company, lower level, so follow the painted arrows indicating how to enter the parking lot. BYPC is located at 155 Route 101 and Bell Hill Road, Bedford, NH. Plenty of parking out back and if needed, up front on the second level. Enter through the back entrance door and we are just inside the foyer, to your right.  

NEXT DATES ARE:
  1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/12, 5/17, 6/21. 7/19, 8/30, 9/27, 10/18, 11/22, 12/20

Doing nothing is essential for thinking to occur. Many of the most important thoughts are unintentional—they can be neither solicited nor cajoled but have a rhythm of their own, creeping up, arriving, and leaving when we least expect them. It is important to cultivate the lassitude of mind that clears a place for the arrival of what cannot be anticipated. Idleness allows time for the mind to wander to places never before imagined and to return transformed.
—Mark C. Taylor



THANK YOU

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Meditation Weekly Drop In

DROP IN FOR MEDITATION CLASS

Bedford, NH  Town Hall 

WE ARE STARTING UP AGAIN! NOTE THE NEW START TIME OF 7:30PM.  
I THOUGHT EARLIER MIGHT BE BETTER FOR MORE FOLKS. SEE DATES BELOW FOR OTHER MEET UP DATES. 
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE!
 
Taking this time for YOU, and settling into the stillness with some reflective mindfulness meditation. So, unwind, relax and find more calm moments in the midst of all that is happening in your life right now.


Each week I will guide the group in a variety of mindfulness meditations.

All Classes held on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 PM.


This class is for anyone, regardless of your experience with meditation, so beginners to the more advanced. Wear loose, comfortable clothes, bring along a yoga mat, pillows, blanket, cushion, etc. or anything else you may need for your comfort. Chairs are provided.

About the Instructor: Cecilia has been teaching meditation and mindfulness classes for the Town of Bedford and the Adult Education Program in Goffstown. She also teaches the full 8-week traditional Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program as taught at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she received her training. In addition, Cecilia is a 22-year practitioner of both yoga and meditation. Those who have taken her classes are typically struck by her enthusiasm and willingness to share her knowledge of mindfulness practices. Making people feel at ease by debunking the myths and iconic images of meditation is what keeps people coming back again and again to her classes.



See below for details as to specific class dates.
Sept 17, 24   Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29   Nov 19  Dec 3, 10, 17
2016 Dates Announced as soon as they are available.


LOCATION: Bedford Town Hall (across from the Library) Plenty of parking behind the building on Meetinghouse Road.
COST: Fee is donation-based (suggested donation $5-$10 per class, paid by cash or check directly to the teacher each week)
SPONSORED BY: Bedford Parks & Recreation Department
Visit our website: www.BedfordRecOnline.com or call 472-5242
I am so EXCITED to offer this weekly opportunity, as it has been a long time in the making! The monthly Taste of Mindfulness Practice I offer will STILL continue.

This weekly class is a time to practice meditation for those that like establishing a routine or for those who are unable to make our monthly Sunday classes. But it is also for anyone who wants to see how effective and truly beneficial meditation can be in your life.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

MBSR Bedford NH Fall 2015


MBSR FALL 2015 ORIENTATION AND INFORMATION  NIGHT 
PLEASE EMAIL or CALL ME DIRECTLY TO SIGN UP 
cbhoward@mac.com 
603-801-8945

CLASS IS FULL
 
Monday September 21st
7PM to 9PM
Riddle Brook Elementary School: ROOM 216
230 New Boston Road
Bedford, NH 03110
Enter the building from the front set of double doors, which have an overhang above the entrance, walk straight ahead to the stairwell and walk up to the 2nd floor. Turn right. Room 216 is down the hall just a bit on your left hand side. There is an elevator, if you prefer, located just to the right of the front stairwell entrance. I will have a signs posted up for you to follow as well, so you should be able to find us quite easily.  I will also have my cell phone turned on, so feel free to call if you get lost or need help that night finding us. 603-801-8945
Please keep in mind; I will be meeting with everyone individually and very briefly, after the conclusion of orientation to answer any questions you might have, as well as to accept full payment for the course. So keep this in mind for your schedule.
You are under no obligation to enroll for the 8-week MBSR program, so orientation is a wonderful way to hear first hand what the course will entail. It is an excellent chance to decide if the program “feels” right to you! Should you decide to enroll, payment is due, in full, at the conclusion of orientation. I accept cash or check. Please note: Should you need to withdraw, for any reason, a full refund will be given prior to the start of the first class. A 50% refund will be given prior to the start of the subsequent 2nd class. No refunds after Class Two (2).
MBSR is something I know from first-hand experience, as it is a truly valuable, memorable and enjoyable program to partake of over the 8-weeks and beyond! It is a chance to truly immerse yourself in a program that has proven itself time and time again to so many, since its introduction over 30 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where I was trained.
If you have not done so already, please send/email me a current mailing address, and a preferred phone number and email address for me to contact you, to complete your orientation registration. I will only call if there is an immediate need to notify you of something, such as a cancelled class or orientation due to weather, etc. I also NEVER share this information with anyone for any reason. All emails from me are sent privately as well unless I am emailing you directly
Just a reminder below on program dates. .

Riddle Brook School
  230 New Boston Road Bedford, NH
Room 216

ACTUAL CLASS DATES

Mondays       7 PM to 9:00 PM
September 28, October 5, 19, 26 November 2, 9, 16, 23
No Class Monday October 12th (School holiday)
PLUS one ALL DAY Saturday Class
November 14th
8:45 AM to 3:00 PM

 If you refer anyone to the program, you are eligible for an additional $25 off your program costs, so keep it in mind if you would like to refer someone. Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool for my program. I have received such warm and wonderful feedback from so many past participants, as well as many referrals. Also, if you sign up prior by Tuesday September 8th you will receive an additional $25.00 discount.

Work attire is fine for the information and orientation night, but you may want to change into something more comfortable if you have the time. Seats provided.  Bring along a friend if you would like, just let me know this in advance as space is limited.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Try Meditation in Bedford NH

A Taste of Mindfulness Meditation Practice Group

Bedford, NH

  DATE: Sunday August 30th,  2015

10AM to 11:15AM
                                                




Whether you are new to meditation or more practiced, please come out and join our monthly Sunday practice group! This is a fun, relaxed and comfortable group of like-minded individuals who come together each month to reinforce their mindfulness practice or to discover something new about meditation. So, it is a time for both discovery and insight about yourself and your practice. 

Each month we will alternate with a variety of guided meditations, silent sitting time, gentle mindful stretches, and perhaps a walking meditation or reading relevant to mindfulness. Please try to be on time as we start promptly at 10AM. If you arrive late, enter quietly and find a seat. Turn all cell phones off or place on vibrate.

The format for the class allows ample time for Q and A, and discussion at the conclusion of the meditation(s) and is time for you to discuss anything related to the morning practice. You do not have to stay for the Q&A portion, which occurs around 11AM, but can leave at this time.

Regular attendance truly does make a difference, however please come join us any time you are able to schedule the time. If that means one Sunday every few months  or so, that's perfectly fine! Please feel free to bring anyone along with you anytime as well.

No "set fee" is asked of you, however it would be so helpful for all of you to leave a donation in the box provided each Sunday when you are able to attend.  I do share half of the donations with BYPC for lending me the room, free of charge.

Suggested donation is $5 to $10. 


It is SO deeply appreciated and helps me to know it is in fact, appreciated in return!

We are located in the REAR of the building at BYPC, the Bedford Youth Performing Company, lower level, so follow the painted arrows indicating how to enter the parking lot. BYPC is located at 155 Route 101 and Bell Hill Road, Bedford, NH. Plenty of parking out back and if needed, up front on the second level. Enter through the back entrance door and we are just inside the foyer, to your right.  

NEXT DATES ARE:
  1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/12, 5/17, 6/21. 7/19, 8/30, 9/20, 10/18, 11/22, 12/20

Doing nothing is essential for thinking to occur. Many of the most important thoughts are unintentional—they can be neither solicited nor cajoled but have a rhythm of their own, creeping up, arriving, and leaving when we least expect them. It is important to cultivate the lassitude of mind that clears a place for the arrival of what cannot be anticipated. Idleness allows time for the mind to wander to places never before imagined and to return transformed.
—Mark C. Taylor



THANK YOU

Friday, June 5, 2015

MBSR Fall 2015 Bedford NH

Learn About MBSR:  The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-week Program to decide if it "Feels Right For You." Anyone can attend, so bring along a friend, relative or colleague!

FREE Orientation* and Information Session
Monday, September 21, 2015
Riddle Brook School
230 New Boston Road Bedford, NH
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00PM 

The Actual Classes will run on Monday evenings 7PM to 9:00PM. Some classes run a bit longer, so allow for this in your schedule please:

September 28, October 5, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16 and 23 PLUS Saturday November 14th 8:45 to 3PM. 

Make sure the dates work for you, especially the Saturday class....if you have to miss more then 2 weekly classes, or the Saturday class, or the orientation, you should take the program at another time. It is important to make every effort to attend classes.......MBSR is not a "part-time" class and in order to receive the best possible outcome, plan on making sure your schedule allows for this 8-week program.

Course Cost for Fall 2015 is $325 with an additional  $100 discount offered to any current school employee throughout NH or MA or anyone over the age of 65. Please keep in mind, if the full cost for the actual 8-week, traditional class seems beyond your reach or puts undue strain on your budget, please let me know this fact. My personal aim is to bring the MBSR program to as many people as I can, by whatever means possible. I am most willing to work with you to make it affordable. Please, do not hesitate to email or call me so we can make it work for you to take this wonderful class together! No need to pay for class until Orientation night concludes. Payment is due in full at the end of this night.


*Orientation is required of all participants who intend to enroll in the Fall 2015, 8-week session. No exceptions, so if you cannot attend on the 21st, you will need to chose another time to take the class.
You must pre-register with the instructor for the Orientation and Information Night. Deadline to register is Friday the 18th of September..


The orientation is important to attend. It is a chance for you to hear a course overview and learn some of the history behind the development of this outstanding program. It is also a tried and true measure of deciding if MBSR is right for you. You do not need to pay for the full program until orientation night.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The 8-week, traditional MBSR program enables participants to learn and develop powerful inner resources for coping with stress, anxiety and uncertainty while enhancing stability in the midst of difficult situations. The result of which is greater health, balance, ease, clarity and peace of mind.

Participants will experience and learn guided instruction in mindfulness meditation, gentle stretching and mindful yoga, methods of mindful communication, as well as particiapte in both group and individualized instruction.

Founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School Professor Emeritus, the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Program is the place where the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) all began. To date it has given rise to over 750 programs worldwide, as well as led the way toward over 30 years of research to substantiate its effectiveness.

This carefully laid out program closely follows the current format used by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It will enable participants to continue on with what they have learned long after the 8-weeks are over. The class itself is highly supportive and well structured and the instructor, who received training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, is well versed in guiding the program.

Potential students should contact the instructor as soon as possible to register, as space is limited. Please call 603-801-8945 or email me at cbhoward@mac.com.


NOTE: Cecilia teaches the traditional, consecutive 8-week program that was developed and launched by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn over 30 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, that to date has given rise to well over 750 MBSR programs worldwide.  Cecilia Howard, was professionally trained to teach MBSR and completed both the practicum teacher training at UMASS Medical School and the 7-Day MBSR Professional Training Retreat for health care providers and educators: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine led by Jon Kabat-Zinn,PhD. and Saki Santorelli, EdD, MA. Cecilia is a long time meditator and yoga practitioner, having practiced both for over 21 years. In addition to this program, she teaches meditation classes for the Town of Bedford, teaches Mindful Living classes at Goffstown HS through the Adult Education program and runs a mindfulness meditation practice group that meets at BYPC in Bedford once a month on a Sunday from 10AM to 11:15AM. She is also a professionally trained and educated artist, writer of a Blog called The Mindful Matrix and a former banking and sales/marketing professional who in addition to her early management career, developed and taught a myriad of leadership, business development and team building programs. She is a trained public speaker and true motivator. Her humor and enthusiasm, as well as her open-minded approach to life are invaluable assets to her when teaching or guiding students.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Good Way To Go

Patricia Anne (Danner) Bokan 9/8/31 to 4/8/15


Death is not an ending but a chance to leave behind the body, that has been ravaged, worn out, and failing, releasing the mind, or the very essence of our life, into the continuum of the universe. Dying a "good death" means to leave this earth in a calm, positive and perhaps even happy or satisfied manner that allows the mind to separate from the body, and to be free of all pain and suffering. 

Recently, my mother passed away, and I made it my mission/purpose to allow for her to truly die the "good" death. She had suffered physically for close to 5 years with COPD, congestive heart failure and stage IV kidney disease. Her daily medication regime was daunting and required detailed lists to show each medication and its allotted time of day to take it. She took pills almost round the clock from early in the AM to midnight. She was cared for very faithfully and lovingly over these last years by my father, and than my sisters Patty and Terry, after Dad passed suddenly last fall. All three gave her tremendous support in the midst of a most chaotic and difficult time.

Prior to these last 5 years,  mom was not someone I would consider to have been a happy person. She spent a great deal of her spare time, as do many of us, living in regret and wishing things had been "other." Mild to moderate depression was her constant companion through most of her life as a mother, and as a result she was quick to anger and in general was unable to see the pain she brought upon herself. Never wishing to seek professional help or imagining that her life may have indeed been better over the last 50 plus years of her life, she remained stuck.

The years past were not always tinged with sadness. In fact the one saving grace to mom's maladies was her amazing sense of humor. Her love of laughter was not just focused on the trivial or more comedic aspects of life, but was present in her love of practical jokes, puns, and riddles. She had a deep, infectious laugh that as child I wanted to hear and be privy as to its cause, as much as I could.....and did! When you heard mom laugh, it was like a bright, shining beacon ....like a lighthouse guiding ships safely to port, her laughter made you feel safe, and loved. I always wanted to be in on the joke, and went to great lengths to make her laugh as it elicited a feeling deep within my core that was indescribably wonderful.

One such instance was when I was very small...possibly 4 or so. Mom loved to sew and she could do it with such amazing skill and patience. Sitting for hours at her sewing machine, cutting out patterns and carefully stiching the most lovely of things! I loved to be near my mother so much when I was small. She was the center of my little universe and she was fun to be around and watch in action. I knew she loved when I made her laugh, and I loved when I made her laugh as well. So, I would sit underneath the cabinet that held her sewing machine and when she paused in her sewing, I would wait for the perfect moment to let my tiny hand lift up through the small metal plate in front of the sewing needle, and pretend I was "Thing" from the Adams Family TV show. She never failed to laugh heartily at my silliness....and caught onto the joke right away. It felt so good to make her laugh and it resonated inside everyone around her when she did so. She laughed with every fiber of her being, and that is a gift she passed on to me that I will indeed treasure, above all else,  until my last days on earth as well.

So, despite all the emotional drama of living with my mother when I was young, there were indeed many bright spots that shone through her gloom: her infectious laugh, the truly beautiful clothes she made for me and my sisters, her love of all things Native American, so much so that she choose to be called Ooma, a derivative of the word Hooma meaning Granny in the Leni Lenape language, her love of nature, birds and all things wild. Mom introduced me at a young age to eating lobster and steamed clams with butter, and to this day they are a favorite treat of mine. I loved when she sat up with me all night in HS when my friend Oscar was killed in an accident, not really knowing what to say, but sitting with me in my deep sorrow. My mother never failed to delight in my school successes and took my failures as her failures. She was a tough task master with school work, but to this day I have a deep appreciation for her ability to teach to me to read and to speak clearly so that people understood me.  My love of scary movies all started with nights spent in her room with bowls of fresh popped corn with gobs of butter watching the original movie "The Haunting" with Mom and still feeling it is the BEST supernatural suspense movie of all time. I loved her artistic drive that showed up in me as well. She crocheted, knitted, painted, sewed, gardened, crafted, cooked, and lived much of her life in a constant pursuit of some creative outlet to channel her varied passions. She was someone who should have been a teacher or an archivist, as she had a natural ability and a calling to do both. She choose to make raising her family her life's mission and did so in the unflappable style of most homemakers from the 50's and 60's. But she was not the empty headed variety displayed by Betty Draper on Mad Men...although mom was equally as pretty,  a dark haired beauty, and so petite, weighing only 98 pounds when she was married. She was a force to be reckoned with and had a drive to keep going that was unstoppable. 


When it came time for this "force of nature" to die....she was not ready. She simply refused to admit her body was failing. Mom's ability to think and reason, while clouded by grief after my father died last October and muddled up by all the medication that caused her to feel blue,  was intact and sharp.  She still knew every medication she needed to take and at what time, and trust me when I say, this was NO easy feat.

It was a difficult thing to see my mother, late this past Easter night, after we got word from my sisters that she only had at best, one or two days to live. We drove rapidly down from our home in NH, to her home in NJ, arriving around 11PM or so. My sisters kept my arrival a surprise. She was so glad and amazed to see me, and wondered why we were here when we had just been down the week before to see her. I knew it was time to let her know that her body was giving out. Mom refused dialysis over these last 5 years, not wanting to prolong a life that was not healthy or happy for her, so it was only a matter of time until the kidneys and the heart gave out.

I told her that it was time and that she only had a few days to live. She looked directly at me and said " I don't feel like it is time yet " while her eyes held an uncertainty that her words did not convey. I put my hand to her forehead and said "this part of you is strong" then placed my hand on her heart and said "this part of you wants it to be so," "but this part of you, " placing my hand below her lower abdomen "is giving out due to the kidneys mom and your choice to not have dialysis." She asked how long my sisters knew and I said they just learned it that very afternoon from the hospice nurse.

It was these words that perhaps helped her to rally a bit the following day, wanting to beat the odds and live, and even helped her to stay awake through some of the NCAA Championship game, a beloved past time of hers since we lived in North Carolina and saw Jim Valvano and his Wolfpack defeat Duke (and Michael Jordan) to win the title in the classic underdog story that still rings true today!

Tuesday, mom grew weaker, and weaker and it was apparent that the brief rally from the day before was not to be, and the hospice nurses words were indeed prophetic. I went out and purchased some cordless speakers so we could play music, sing, dance and laugh together as a family. Something that brought her and my sisters, great joy when we were younger. I also asked her if she wanted some steamed little necks and ice cold beer and her eye brows shot up as she nodded a slow but emphatic yes.

Mom singing at Ty's 1st b'day party....and having her FAV drink....a COKE
  So, clams were purchased, beer was set to chill in the fridge, and the family started to gather to say their goodbyes to mom. Grandchildren arrived, coming to give her a smile and share a laugh, letting her know she was loved, each in their own way. We laughed, danced, and sang around her bed to all manner of tunes from our past. She ate but one clam, drenched in browned butter as she liked them, which she savored but could not swallow and asked for a bit of an onion ring that she enjoyed but could not finish. But, the beer, ah the beer, was another story! Contained in a small juice glass with a straw, was ice cold Bud, which got sucked down with gusto until it was all gone. This, she savored most of all, and it made us all laugh!


It was/is an amazing thing to observe a loved one passing away at home. Mom went through each and every final stage of dying, and in the end, even reached acceptance of it, the avoidance of which probably kept this strong-willed and tenacious woman going through these last 5 years of illness. She turned to my sister, at one point in our party-like atmosphere of her dying, and said "this is a good way to go." And you know what,  she was right!

Love you cheeseburger, strawberry shortcake, beach, summer, books, sweet tarts, milkshake, cherry cheese cake, pickles, sauerkraut, ham, pot roast, root beer and the myriad of other things I loved, that I would call out to her each night before I fell asleep....we would call back and forth to each other until mom finally said "OK Ceil, you need to go to sleep, so GOOD NIGHT!"

So, good night, good life and good death and may the adventure never end. I know you and dad are indeed dancing on the beach, eating steamed little necks and laughing! Listen.....I can almost feel it.......
Pat and Joe 4 Ever!!!

XO
Ceil

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Meditation Class Sunday March 15, 2015

A Taste of Mindfulness Meditation Practice Group

Bedford, NH

 DATE: Sunday March 15th 2015

10 AM to 11:15AM



                                                      



Whether you are new to meditation or more practiced, please come out and join our monthly Sunday practice group! This is a fun, relaxed and comfortable group of like-minded individuals who come together each month to reinforce their mindfulness practice or to discover something new about meditation. So, it is a time for both discovery and insight about yourself and your practice. 


Each month we will alternate with a variety of guided meditations, silent sitting time, gentle mindful stretches, and perhaps a walking meditation or reading relevant to mindfulness. Please try to be on time as we start promptly at 10AM. If you arrive late, enter quietly and find a seat. Turn all cell phones off or place on vibrate.

The format for the class allows ample time for Q and A, and discussion at the conclusion of the meditation(s) and is time for you to discuss anything related to the morning practice. You do not have to stay for the Q&A portion, which occurs around 11AM, but can leave at this time.

Regular attendance truly does make a difference, however please come join us any time you are able to schedule the time. If that means one Sunday every few months  or so, that's perfectly fine! Please feel free to bring anyone along with you anytime as well.

No "set fee" is asked of you, however it would be so helpful for all of you to leave a donation in the box provided each Sunday when you are able to attend.  I do share half of the donations with BYPC for lending me the room, free of charge.

Suggested donation is $5 to $10. 


It is SO deeply appreciated and helps me to know it is in fact, appreciated in return!

We are located in the REAR of the building at BYPC, the Bedford Youth Performing Company, lower level, so follow the painted arrows indicating how to enter the parking lot. BYPC is located at 155 Route 101 and Bell Hill Road, Bedford, NH. Plenty of parking out back and if needed, up front on the second level. Enter through the back entrance door and we are just inside the foyer, to your right.  

NEXT DATES ARE:
  1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/12, 5/17, 6/21. 7/19, 8/23, 9/20, 10/18, 11/22, 12/20

Doing nothing is essential for thinking to occur. Many of the most important thoughts are unintentional—they can be neither solicited nor cajoled but have a rhythm of their own, creeping up, arriving, and leaving when we least expect them. It is important to cultivate the lassitude of mind that clears a place for the arrival of what cannot be anticipated. Idleness allows time for the mind to wander to places never before imagined and to return transformed.
—Mark C. Taylor



THANK YOU

Friday, February 6, 2015

MBSR Program Bedford NH

UPDATE February 16th 2015 

CLASS IS FULL. 
NEXT SESSION OFFERING IS FALL 2015.


What is it?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or MBSR is an 8-week program designed to help you reduce the stress in your life by actively engaging in meditation, yoga and more. It is a rich program, full of information that expands your knowledge base, incorporating a thoughtful, systematic methodology.  You will additionally develop awareness of both mindful listening and speaking skills, as well as finding more ways to bring mindfulness into your daily life. This is SO much more than just an intro to meditation or yoga program as each class lays the foundation for skills that will help to increase your focus, concentration, and ability to think and react more effectively to both physical and emotional stress.

When is it being offered and where?
Typically, classes are offered throughout the year, (as well as worldwide) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., developed and introduced the program over 30 years ago. It still remains simply one of the best places to partake of the full 8-week traditional MBSR program. However, if traveling to Shrewsbury, MA weekly to attend a class is daunting, I am offering MBSR at the Riddle Brook  Elementary School located in Bedford, NH, Mondays starting in February.

FREE Orientation and Information Sessions:

You must attend one of two free orientation/information classes being offered:
Sunday February 8th     10AM to 11:30AM
Bedford Youth Performing Center    155 Route 101     Bedford, NH
Lower Level Entrance in REAR of Building

OR

Monday February 16th     7PM to 8:30PM
Riddle Brook School  230 New Boston Road  Bedford,NH
Room 216

ACTUAL CLASS DATES
Mondays       7PM to 9:15PM
March 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20
May 4
PLUS one ALL DAY Saturday Class
April 11th
8:45 AM to 3:00PM
8 weeks total, 9 classes in all, PLUS the required orientation.
Please See Course Fees on Next Page
COURSE  FEES
$295 includes all handouts, workbook, 4 CD’s, teacher support, both in class and outside of class throughout the 8 weeks, and all 9 classes.
$100 discount to any and all current school employees employed in both NH and MA
The course fee is payable, in full,  at the conclusion of Orientation
Refund Policy:
Full refund prior to the start of the First Class
50% refund prior to the start of Class Two
No refunds after Class Two

Please Note: These classes are offered at a cost FAR below that charged at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As the instructor for these MBSR programs, I am following the carefully laid out path toward certification established by the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS  Medical School and am working toward my certification through this prestigious and highly selective training program, which takes several years to complete.  However, this does not impact my ability to teach, as I am not required to be certified to instruct. In fact, I go above and beyond to provide you with a program that closely mirrors that offered at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS. The class is taught with integrity, clarity and out of a deep respect for what this meaningful program provides.

Teaching MBSR is a true “labor of love,” and one that I know from first hand experience. In order to teach it, I need to live it. I also want to offer it to people, in as low cost a way as I can, for as long as I am able, as it is a program that everyone should have a chance to participate in, at least once in their lives!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MBSR Bedford NH 2015

UPDATE February 16th 2015 

CLASS IS FULL. 
NEXT SESSION OFFERING IS FALL 2015.


What is it?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or MBSR is an 8-week program designed to help you reduce the stress in your life by actively engaging in meditation, yoga and more. It is a rich program, full of information that expands your knowledge base, incorporating a thoughtful, systematic methodology.  You will additionally develop awareness of both mindful listening and speaking skills, as well as finding more ways to bring mindfulness into your daily life. This is SO much more than just an intro to meditation or yoga program as each class lays the foundation for skills that will help to increase your focus, concentration, and ability to think and react more effectively to both physical and emotional stress.

When is it being offered and where?
Typically, classes are offered throughout the year, (as well as worldwide) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., developed and introduced the program over 30 years ago. It still remains simply one of the best places to partake of the full 8-week traditional MBSR program. However, if traveling to Shrewsbury, MA weekly to attend a class is daunting, I am offering MBSR at the Riddle Brook  Elementary School located in Bedford, NH, Mondays starting in February.

FREE Orientation and Information Sessions:

You must attend one of two free orientation/information classes being offered:
Sunday February 8th     10AM to 11:30AM
Bedford Youth Performing Center    155 Route 101     Bedford, NH
Lower Level Entrance in REAR of Building

OR

Monday February 16th     7PM to 8:30PM
Riddle Brook School  230 New Boston Road  Bedford,NH
Room 216

ACTUAL CLASS DATES
Mondays       7PM to 9:15PM
March 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20
May 4
PLUS one ALL DAY Saturday Class
April 11th
8:45 AM to 3:00PM
8 weeks total, 9 classes in all, PLUS the required orientation.
Please See Course Fees on Next Page
COURSE  FEES
$295 includes all handouts, workbook, 4 CD’s, teacher support, both in class and outside of class throughout the 8 weeks, and all 9 classes.
$100 discount to any and all current school employees employed in both NH and MA
The course fee is payable, in full,  at the conclusion of Orientation
Refund Policy:
Full refund prior to the start of the First Class
50% refund prior to the start of Class Two
No refunds after Class Two

Please Note: These classes are offered at a cost FAR below that charged at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As the instructor for these MBSR programs, I am following the carefully laid out path toward certification established by the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS  Medical School and am working toward my certification through this prestigious and highly selective training program, which takes several years to complete.  However, this does not impact my ability to teach, as I am not required to be certified to instruct. In fact, I go above and beyond to provide you with a program that closely mirrors that offered at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS. The class is taught with integrity, clarity and out of a deep respect for what this meaningful program provides.

Teaching MBSR is a true “labor of love,” and one that I know from first hand experience. In order to teach it, I need to live it. I also want to offer it to people, in as low cost a way as I can, for as long as I am able, as it is a program that everyone should have a chance to participate in, at least once in their lives!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Weekly Meditation Class Bedford NH



"DROP IN" for MEDITATION at 
The Bedford Town Hall

This class is suitable for everyone, from beginners, to the more seasoned meditation practitioners. Even if you have never meditated before, this is a most “user friendly” class to settle in and discover ways to bring more mindfulness into your daily life. Each week the group will be led thru a combination of guided, silent, and some very gentle stretching/movement in order to learn, practice, and develop mindfulness.

The Town Hall is located at:
70 Bedford Center Road,  Across from the Bedford Library

 
If using GPS, use 3 Meetinghouse Road as the Street Address, which is library across from Town Hall.


There is plenty of PARKING and a well lit, clear pathway to the building from the 3 parking lots located BEHIND the Town Hall.


The class is located on the 2nd Floor.


Please bring anything you need for your comfort: loose, comfortable clothing, a yoga mat or two, cushions/pillows, blanket or two, slippers, eye pillow, etc. Water in enclosed bottle only. Chairs are provided and since most of the class is done while seated,  you always have the choice to choose what helps you to feel the most comfortable.


The room is also warm and well heated, however feel free to layer clothing for your comfort.
Restrooms are located on the main floor, near the front entrance.


It is truly a lovely place to meet, with some of the most gorgeous, original woodwork, as well as gleaming, hardwood floors. It is a space that just feels so relaxed and cozy despite its large size. 

 
Donation Based Fee Structure, Suggested amount is $5 to $10 and is payable either before or after the class.


Drop in Meditation at Town Hall Bedford Schedule:


THURSDAYS, 8PM to 9PM:


Jan 8, 15, 22, (no class Jan 29)
Feb 5, 12, 19, (no class Feb 26),
(no class March 5, 12), March 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, (no class April 30),
May 7, 14, 21, 28


No Drop In June-August, Resumes in September 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

MBSR February 2015

UPDATE February 16th 2015 

CLASS IS FULL. 
                                  NEXT SESSION OFFERING IS FALL 2015.

What is it?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or MBSR is an 8-week program designed to help you reduce the stress in your life by actively engaging in meditation, yoga and more. It is a rich program, full of information that expands your knowledge base, incorporating a thoughtful, systematic methodology.  You will additionally develop awareness of both mindful listening and speaking skills, as well as finding more ways to bring mindfulness into your daily life. This is SO much more than just an intro to meditation or yoga program as each class lays the foundation for skills that will help to increase your focus, concentration, and ability to think and react more effectively to both physical and emotional stress.

When is it being offered and where?
Typically, classes are offered throughout the year, (as well as worldwide) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., developed and introduced the program over 30 years ago. It still remains simply one of the best places to partake of the full 8-week traditional MBSR program. However, if traveling to Shrewsbury, MA weekly to attend a class is daunting, I am offering MBSR at the Riddle Brook  Elementary School located in Bedford, NH, Mondays starting in February.

FREE Orientation and Information Sessions:

You must attend one of two free orientation/information classes being offered:
Sunday February 8th     10AM to 11:30AM
Bedford Youth Performing Center    155 Route 101     Bedford, NH
Lower Level Entrance in REAR of Building

OR

Monday February 16th     7PM to 8:30PM
Riddle Brook School  230 New Boston Road  Bedford,NH
Room 216

ACTUAL CLASS DATES

Mondays       7PM to 9:15PM
March  9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20
May 4

PLUS one ALL DAY Saturday Class
April 11th
8:45 AM to 3:00PM

8 weeks total, 9 classes in all, PLUS the required orientation.
Please See Course Fees on Next Page

COURSE  FEES
$295 includes all handouts, workbook, 4 CD’s, teacher support, both in class and outside of class throughout the 8 weeks, and all 9 classes.
$100 discount to any and all current school employees employed in both NH and MA
The course fee is payable, in full,  at the conclusion of Orientation

Refund Policy:
Full refund prior to the start of the First Class
50% refund prior to the start of Class Two
No refunds after Class Two

Please Note: These classes are offered at a cost FAR below that charged at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As the instructor for these MBSR programs, I am following the carefully laid out path toward certification established by the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS  Medical School and am working toward my certification through this prestigious and highly selective training program, which takes several years to complete.  However, this does not impact my ability to teach, as I am not required to be certified to instruct. In fact, I go above and beyond to provide you with a program that closely mirrors that offered at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS. The class is taught with integrity, clarity and out of a deep respect for what this meaningful program provides.

Teaching MBSR is a true “labor of love,” and one that I know from first hand experience. In order to teach it, I need to live it. I also want to offer it to people, in as low cost a way as I can, for as long as I am able, as it is a program that everyone should have a chance to participate in, at least once in their lives!