I wanted to thank you for your track on Happify. I have been looking for a good guided meditation and yours is really great.
I appreciate all the effort that went into your guided meditations. I find them instructional and very nurturing (-:
Good morning Kate,
I wanted to thank you so much for everything. The last 10 weeks have changed me, my life, my way of thinking and I am a much better person because of you and taking the MBSR course. THANK YOU!! I had no idea what to expect when I walked in the first night. After the first night, I realized that this was going to be so out of my comfort zone, so it was definitely something I had to do. The all day class, was one of the best days I have ever had–never knew silence could feel so good.
I was so sad last night that class was done. I had heard that the last class was hard–just didn’t realize how hard it was going to be. My brother and SIL took the course last year, but they didn’t share much with me, as they wanted it to be my own experience. Last night, my brother was at bell practice at Holy Family, right upstairs, so I stopped in to see him after class, and he said he felt the same way during the last class–he brought a poem and a song to read and couldn’t make it through the poem without breaking down. Thank you for helping me through my struggles!!! THANK YOU!!!
I would like to remain on your e-mail list.
Kate, I hope in the future, I am in one of your classes again! You are AWESOME!! Thank you for all you shared.
Hope you have a great day
all my best,
Thanks for a truly wonderful experience. I feel this class will resonate with me for years to come and you were a large part of that experience. I will admit when I heard about the large number of people in the class, I was concerned, to the point of contemplating withdrawing.
I decided that the instructor would make or break the class in how they managed so many people with so many opinions, questions, preconceptions and raw emotions that emerge in a class like this.
You did so effortlessly, while adding your own humour and insight as thoughts, questions and emotions came and went around the class room.
So thank you for being you and bringing true mindfulness into my reality.
Please keep me on your email list and let me know of any updates. If you ever teach a graduate class in the next 6 months or longer please let me know.
The last class someone read a poem about expectations and importance, she read it twice. I really liked it if you have a copy could you please forward it on to me.
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)
CFM Guest Lecture Series – November 19, 2014 at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Shrewsbury, MA
Published on Dec 15, 2014
Since 1979 the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has carried out research into the role of mindfulness in healthcare and in maintaining health. It’s research base is significant and comprises both clinical programs within the Center as well as randomized clinical trials to evaluate MBSR as a treatment for certain diagnoses and clinical populations, as well as the use of mindfulness as part of existing and well established treatment protocols.
This video, published in June 2014 as part of CFM’s 30 year celebrations, features Saki Santorelli and Jon Kabat-Zinn discussing MBSR Research.
Saki Santorelli and Jon Kabat-Zinn discuss MBSR Research in this clip from the CFM 30th Anniversary video
“Thanks Robert Frost” by David Ray
from: Music of Time: Selected and New Poems
Do you have hope for the future?
someone asked Robert Frost, toward the end.
Yes, and even for the past, he replied,
that it will turn out to have been all right
for what it was, something we can accept,
mistakes made by the selves we had to be,
not able to be, perhaps, what we wished,
or what looking back half the time it seems
we could so easily have been, or ought…
The future, yes, and even for the past,
that it will become something we can bear.
And I too, and my children, so I hope,
will recall as not too heavy the tug
of those albatrosses I sadly placed
upon their tender necks. Hope for the past,
yes, old Frost, your words provide that courage,
and it brings strange peace that itself passes
into past, easier to bear because
you said it, rather casually, as snow
went on falling in Vermont years ago.
An interesting reflection on this poem can be found here:
Copyright © 1990 by Joy Harjo.
Reprinted from Wesleyan University Press
via The Poetry Foundation Website
“Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952
from “Words Under the Words: Selected Poems”
Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop, the passengers eating maize and chicken will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho lies dead by the side of the road. You must see how this could be you, how he too was someone who journeyed through the night with plans and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. You must wake up with sorrow. You must speak to it till your voice catches the thread of all sorrows and you see the size of the cloth. Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread, only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say It is I you have been looking for, and then goes with you everywhere like a shadow or a friend.
From Words Under the Words: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1995 by Naomi Shihab Nye.