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.  

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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


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.

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

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.