Wild Geese ~ Tim Burnett

One of the things I appreciate about the process of mindfulness training and living a more mindful life is the way we can learn so much about our human life when we engage the arts. The meditative practices are foundational and essential in this journey, but there is...

Chronic Pain Relief  ~ Richard Johnson

Pain, especially chronic pain, is a complex experience of distressing sensations along with emotions and thoughts that ramp up the pain. By practicing three evidenced-based approaches to chronic pain relief – mindfulness, replacing negative with positive...

Reification – A Curious Thing We Do ~ Beth Glosten, M.D.

Definition: Reification: to make something abstract more concrete or real; to consider or represent something abstract as a material or concrete thing; to give definite content and form to a concept or idea. We humans come equipped with an amazing mind – a mind that...

The Value of Retreat ~ Tim Burnett

Checking in to the Zoom room on a Saturday morning in August, I could tell the group was nervous about spending the next six hours in silence. Impressively, everyone in my class of health professionals – doctors, nurses, a researcher – had all shown up and...

Patience ~ Tim Burnett

Recently we were asked to provide a workshop for one of our clients on “Pandemic Fatigue” and I realized: yeah – that’s a thing now isn’t it? It’s been a long hard slog for all of us. For some, suffering the loss of someone close to...

On the Body Scan (instructions)

instructions The Body Scan is the first practice introduced in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. It supports increased awareness of the body and integration of body and mind. The Body Scan is also a great way to start working with mindfulness of attention. The Body...

On Mindful Movement (instructions)

instructions Mindful movement or gentle yoga can develop strength, balance, flexibility and body awareness. Our mindful movement emphasizes awareness and balance. Move through the poses carefully and slowly, holding attention inside the body.Please consider the...

On Loving-Kindness Meditation (instructions)

instructions Cultivation practices like Loving-Kindness and compassion meditations strengthen positive emotions and orientations towards self and other. Loving- Kindness is included in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, but not emphasized. In our Mindful...

Mindful Movement with Qigong (20 minutes)

The ancient Chinese practice of Qigong is a deep root for mindful movement in our programs. Guiding Teacher Tim Burnett learned the Five Treasures sequence, recommended by the National Qigong Association, from his teacher. He offers it at retreats most afternoons....

On Walking Meditation (instructions)

by Jack Kornfield, A Path With Heart Select a quiet place where you can walk comfortably back and forth, indoors or out, about ten to thirty paces in length. Begin by standing at one end of this “walking path,” with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Let your...

An Exploration of Forgiveness ~ Tim Burnett

To Forgive: (1) to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) (2) to give up any claim to requital (compensation or retaliation) (3) to grant relief from debt. [Merriam-Webster] “To forgive is to abandon all hope of a better past.” – author...