Summer 2020 MBSR Underway!

Summer MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) is underway! This summer the class is online, for the safety of participants in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The next MBSR Class will be taught online again Fall 2020 and will be offered in Daytime or Evening time slots. See the Fall 2020 Brochure for more information.

Pre-Register now to save a place in class.

You can always contact the teacher, Geri Wilimek, by emailing at geriwilimek@gmail.com using MBSR in the subject line! I am happy to answer questions and place you on an email notification list for future classes!

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Mindfulness: Not a vacation from stress!

Just wondering, 
how are you going to do this?
The impossible has happened, 
and everything 
has turned into something 
you don’t want. 
 
You are in life as it is, 
and it isn’t what you want. 
The not-wanting penetrates 
every cell and the spaces 
in between every cell.
 
There is no undoing anything, 
in fact, it’s the other way around: 
you are the thing undone.
How, how on earth 
are you going to do this?

Hi, this is Geri Wilimek. I teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction also known as “MBSR“. This is a poem I wrote to myself.

No doubt, the moment described here will be familiar in some way, with details and recollections from your own life. What DID you do?  What DO you do?  What WILL you do?  

Jumping over suffering to bliss is not the answer.  But we do have powerful guidance if we listen deeply and completely to ourselves. 

Mindfulness practice is not a vacation from stress…it is in fact, the opportunity to get to know stress in general…and in particular,  to know more intimately how stress appears in your life and how you might find new ways to navigate stress more skillfully!

Summer MBSR begins June 9, 2020 at 2:00-3:30pm with a required Orientation session. The course will be taught this summer online via Zoom, and the link to the Orientation Session will be posted here by 10:00am on the morning of June 9.

More about mindfulness based stress reduction  Click here

Class space will be limited, so be sure to Pre-register! Click here

Summer 2020 MBSR…ONLINE!

It will come as no surprise that Summer 2020 MBSR will be taught online in consideration for the safety and wellbeing of participants in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic. The changes we experience in everyday life due to the pandemic can be stressful in many ways! MBSR is a course that teaches deeper understanding of stress and its effects on mind and body using an experiential approach, which has been supported by research for decades. The course teaches new ways of seeing ourselves, our surroundings, and our inborn resources for healing and skillful navigation through life .

Check out the information in the Brochure by clicking HERE. Save a space in class by pre-registering HERE. Questions? Feel free to contact the instructor, Geri Wilimek, MSW; LICSW at geriwilimek@gmail.com. Use MBSR in the heading!

Hope to see you at Orientation!

It Matters…

It Matters…

We are here brightly

and briefly.

It matters

that we are connected

by invisible lines,

holding us together,

earthly constellations,

while ten thousand things

undulate and swirl.

Geri Wilimek 2019

Lovingkindness!

I received this poem from Sondra Gudmundson. I offer it with her permission. I recite it slowly to myself, and feel it as a lullaby….!

Wonder of ONE Presence

One breath

One humanity

One moment

One life

Come back.

Come here.

Come inward.

Come home.

Be gentle.

Be generous.

Be curious.

Be okay.

What now?

What is

What helps

What comforts

Still support

Still together

Still humanizing

Still living

Receive.

Release.

Touch.

Turn.

Self-love

Self-kindness

Self-understanding

Self-compassion

Recognize.

Remind.

Realign.

Rejoin.

Inspire.

Play.

Balance.

Practice.

Live on.

Live free.

Live wholly.

Live authentically.

One consciousness

One heart

One world

One connection

Wonderful warmth

Wonderful love

Wonderful kindness

Wonderful compassion

One breath

One humanity

One moment

One life

Come back.

Come here.

Come inward.

Come home.

Be gentle.

Be generous.

Be curious.

Be okay.

What now?

What is

What helps

What comforts

Still support

Still together

Still humanizing

Still living

Receive.

Release.

Touch.

Turn.

Self-love

Self-kindness

Self-understanding

Self-compassion

Recognize.

Remind.

Realign.

Rejoin.

Inspire.

Play.

Balance.

Practice.

Live on.

Live free.

Live wholly.

Live authentically.

One consciousness

One heart

One world

One connection

Wonderful warmth

Wonderful love

Wonderful kindness

Wonderful compassion

A Musical Gift

Hi everyone! While this song by Ze Frank won’t make our troubles go away, it may provide a moment of feeling understood and nurtured! Please enjoy.

Ze Frank’s Chill Out Song

Also, let’s take a moment to remember that the breath, that central refuge for calming and focusing our minds, is not to be taken for granted. Be grateful if your breath can be your refuge!

Perceived Fear; Perceived Love

Recently John Lovas a friend and fellow teacher of mindfulness, shared a message he received from the Belfast, Ireland Covid Response Team. I share it here:

When you go out and see the empty streets, the empty stadiums, the empty train platforms, don’t say to yourself, “It looks like the end of the world.” What you’re seeing is love in action. What you’re seeing, in that negative space, is how much we do care for each other, for our grandparents, our parents, our brothers and sisters, for people we will never meet. People will lose jobs over this. Some will lose their businesses. And some will lose their lives. All the more reason to take a moment, when you’re out on your walk, or on your way to the store, or just watching the news, to look into the emptiness and marvel at all of that love. Let it fill you and sustain you. It isn’t the end of the world. It is the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness. 
– Belfast, Ireland COVID Response Team

For years John has been posting daily observations and perspectives about mindfulness on his his blog, Mindfulness for Everyone I highly recommend making a visit to this engaging site!

Be safe. Turn toward love. Geri

MBSR Class 3-17-20 Cancelled!

Hi, All in Winter 2020 MBSR! Just letting you know that, due to current recommendations from the medical and scientific authorities, MBSR Class #6 ( March 17, 2020) and the ALL Day Silent Retreat (Saturday, March 21, 2020) will be cancelled. I am working on options for on line classes, with hopes that we can carry on and stay if not exactly on schedule, close to it. Keep checking in to the site, and I’ll be in touch with you through email.

Stay safe, and keep practicing with the instructions from Class #5!

Affectionately and sincerely, Geri

Winter 2020 MBSR is Underway!

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Winter 2020 MBSR will be meeting from 11:00am to 1:30pm on Tuesdays this winter. There will not be an evening class, as there were not enough participants to have two classes, and a large majority of those coming to Orientation were intending to attend the daytime class. MBSR will be offered during Summer 2020 and Fall 2020, so be sure to subscribe at the bottom of the banner (bottom right side of this page) and you will receive notification when the dates for these classes are finalized! Contact Geri Wilimek at geriwilimekmbsr@gmail.com if you have questions…

Invest in yourself; benefit others: MBSR Winter 2020

IMG_0015It only takes a moment’s reflection to see how our own wellbeing benefits others in our daily lives.  When I am calm, kind, and genuinely curious about myself, I can approach others in the same way.  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Jon Kabat Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School  four decades ago to  teach people to access their natural capacity for focused attention and compassion through the skills of mindfulness meditation.   Research in the past 30 years has concluded that chronic stress erodes our wellbeing mentally and physically.  Fortunately, we also know through research that stress can be addressed and reduced with instruction and practice.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based eight week program aimed at learning, through a variety of meditation approaches, to more fully occupy our lives, clarifying our stress patterns and discovering new ways to address these patterns.

Winter 2020 MBSR will begin with a required Orientation session on January 28, 2020, 6:00pm-7:30pm. at The Clearing, a meeting space at True North Health Care, 514 Beltrami Ave., Bemidji.  This will be a chance to preview MBSR, meet the other people interested in the class, and to get enough information to make an informed choice about signing up for the 8-week course.

Click here for the Winter 2020 Schedule, and links to pre-registration.