Enough.
These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life
We have refused
again and again
until now
Until now
— David Whyte, “Enough”

 

Intro


It is time now to be accepting and open to the life we desire. Perhaps it hasn’t been a “refusal” of change, but rather a lack of knowing how to get what we want, how to address the stressors—those challenges-- that so impact our lives. And once we have rediscovered those resources within, we reclaim what has always been ours…the ability, the understanding and the tools that allow us to live our lives as we choose, in healthy, aware ways.

Welcome to One Mindful Way…

where my purpose as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is to provide the community and interested others with the opportunity to experience the ongoing benefits that arise from the learning and use of MBSR.

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About


Pat Kissick, LCSW-R, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, who has been providing psychotherapy to individuals and groups for more than 30 years and has taught psychotherapy skills nationally and internationally. In addition to her private practice, Pat has had the opportunity—for 15 years—to be an adjunct faculty member of Upstate Medical School, Syracuse, NY, facilitating groups for third-year medical students in Clinical Bioethics and Communication classes (formerly Practice of Medicine).

Pat’s awareness and involvement with MBSR began in the 1990s, having attended conferences led by MBSR’s developer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, who was introducing his work and sharing the significant research results on MBSR. She began formal training in MBSR in 2009, and has been deemed qualified to teach MBSR since 2011. Pat has taught the MBSR program within the community in a variety of settings since 2011, including MBSR classes offered to the public through SUNY Broome, a course for faculty and staff at SUNY Broome, presentations for professionals, and 13 eight-week community courses at One Mindful Way. MBSR is also an important part of her daily life.

Training

  • Completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in Mind-Body Medicine Residential Training Retreat through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, based at UMASS Medical School. This training was under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR developer, and Saki Santorelli, director of the Center for Mindfulness (CFM).
  • Sequentially completing the intensive Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Living Inside Participant-Practitioner Perspectives, taught by the CFM’s senior staff.
  • Ongoing advanced teacher-oriented workshops at the CFM, UMASS Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA
  • Silent retreats to strengthen the MBSR practice
  • Facilitating bi-monthly MBSR meditation groups for course “graduates”
  • Continued daily practice
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MBSR — THE PROGRAM


Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention in the present moment, nonjudgmentally (in the service of self understanding and wisdom)

— Jon Kabat-Zinn

The MBSR program’s 1979 inception, with its emphasis on health and well being, preceded by many years the present mainstream mindfulness movement. Jon Kabat-Zinn began this program through the Center for Mindfulness (formerly the Stress Reduction Clinic) at UMASS Medical School. More than 22,000 persons have completed this highly-regarded program which is now taught and practiced throughout the world and is backed by 37-plus years of research.

The program includes an orientation, eight weekly sessions and a one-day retreat. It provides stress reduction instruction through various modes including formal and informal mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and stretching, mindful dyad and group communication, and daily assignments that allow for individual exploration to strengthen the stress reduction practice.

The course is structured to allow participants to fully integrate information and experience MBSR in their daily lives. The continuity provides for possible changes in medical and psychological symptoms, as reported by participants. MBSR offers the opportunity to explore and understand the impact of stress on the mind-body connection and invites you to use the resources that empower you in more fully, and mindfully, living your life.

"Since the inception of the Stress Reduction Clinic, MBSR at UMASS and other academic medical centers has shown consistent, reliable and reproducible demonstrations of major and clinically relevant reductions in medical and psychological symptoms across a wide range of medical diagnoses including chronic pain conditions, over the eight weeks of the MBSR Program”

— Center for Mindfulness brochure
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Resources


BOOKS

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness

  • Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life

  • Wherever You Go, There You Are

  • The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness

  • Coming To Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness

  • Arriving At Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness

  • Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting

  • Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness

  • Meditation for Optimum Health

    (with Andrew Weil)

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression

    (with Zindel V. Segal, Mark G. Williams and John Teasdale)

  • The Mind’s Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation

    (with Richard Davidson)

  • Mindfulness: Diverse Perspectives On Its Meanings, Origins and Applications

    (with Mark G. Williams)

Additional Books

  • A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

    Bob Stahl, Elisha Goldstein

  • The Emotional Life of Your Brain

    Richard Davidson, Sharon Begley

  • The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well Being

    Daniel J. Siegel

  • A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance and Recapture the American Spirit

    Tim Ryan

  • Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom

    Rick Hanson

  • Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

    Thich Nhat Hahn

  • The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness into Psychology and the Helping Professions

    Shauna L. Shapiro, Linda E. Carlson

  • Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation

    Larry Rosenberg

  • Savor

    Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Mindful Eating

    Jan Chozen Bays, M.D.

  • The Kindness Handbook

    Sharon Salzberg

  • The Mindfulness Revolution

    edited by Barry Boyce

  • Heal Thy Self

    Saki Santorelli

  • Silence: How to Find Inner Peace in a Busy World

    Christina Feldman

Poetry

  • Rumi

    "The Guest House"
    "Two Kinds of Intelligence"
    "Birdwings"
    "The breeze at dawn…"

  • Kabir

    "The Kabir Book: Forty Four of the Ecstatic Poems of Kabir"
    "Stand Firm in That Which You Believe"

  • Hafiz

    "All the Hemispheres"

  • Mary Oliver

    "Wild Geese"
    "Messenger"
    "The Summer Day"
    "Mindful"

  • David Whyte

    "Sweet Darkness"
    "Enough"
    "Lost"

  • Ranier Maria Rilke

    “My life is not this steeply sloping hour…”
    “We have no reason to harbor any mistrust…”

  • Wendell Berry

    "To go into the dark…"
    "The Law that Marries All Things"

  • John O’Donohue

    "A Blessing for Equilibrium"

  • Juan Ramon Jimenez

    "Oceans"
    "I Am Not I"

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