Six years ago I became a vegan. Three years ago, I left a job I hated, and started doing a job that I LOVE. At the same time, I started swimming, about 3-4 times a week, ninety minutes at a time. Even after all of those changes, I was still often quite unhappy and stressed. Then two years ago, I took a mini-MBSR course. I followed that by meeting with Pat Kissick on a regular basis, and then last Fall, my husband and I took the full eight-week MBSR course.
Eventually, things have really come together for me. Since that original mini-course, I have found a way to deal with the emotional stress I had been carrying around from that toxic job. Yes, even though I left it physically, I was still carrying the weight of it emotionally. I had a bitterness that was creeping into my new job, setting me up to allow the old patterns that had made me so unhappy and unhealthy to repeat.
Now, with the practice of MBSR techniques, on a very regular basis, I am a more happy, productive, healthy, strong and more resilient person. I have learned that pain and stress, and suffering, are going to happen. It’s how we choose to respond that helps us to live vibrantly. I learned how to respond instead of react. So now, when things outside of my control are going badly, it doesn’t have to stop me from living a great life. In fact, since I can choose my internal responses, I have more energy to deal with those outside things. I also often find myself stopping and just enjoying the good things more. When you aren’t worrying and stressed all of the time, there actually is time for being grateful for good things.
I highly recommend this course. It is well worth the investment of time and money. My husband and I really like going to the aftercare classes as well. Pat Kissick is a great teacher. She is a bundle of energy and kindness.