Winter 2022: Mindfulness Connects Us

Did you know that, there is a thriving community of mindfulness practitioners in Northern Minnesota? They come from all walks of life, and ages. They know that life is unpredictable, and that stress can be a help or a hinderance….they have learned that mindfulness meditation is one positive thing they can do to engage in life, improving their health, contentment, and connection to the people and things they love!

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches basic skills that access your natural abilities to connect more fully in friendships, family, work and play. Developed by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an approach to wellbeing that has helped thousands of people worldwide realize their potential to function better and suffer less.

At the heart of MBSR is mindfulness, an inherent human capacity to pay attention on purpose to what is happening in the body, mind and immediate environment moment by moment, with curiosity and non-judgment. MBSR teaches several forms of mindfulness meditation, mindful movement and mindful communication as fundamental sources of wellbeing. The approach is well supported in the literatures of neuroscience, psychology and education.

The instructor, Geri Wilimek, LICSW is a Certified MBSR teacher trained at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society and at Brown University Center for Mindfulness in the School of Public Health. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2005, and began teaching MBSR classes in 2009.

The course begins with a free Online Orientation to MBSR, February 1, 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm (see the link below). All Winter 2022 participants (day and evening) will attend the same Orientation session. Click HERE to save your space in the class of your choice and begin the registration process. The Orientation is free and all are welcome. Payment is not required until the second week of class. NOTE: The daytime in-person course will be held in a large well ventilated studio space and will be limited to 6 participants who must be vaccinated, and masked.

Your Link to Online Orientation on February 1, 2022 at 6:00pm is:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8283394472?pwd=U0FCTmozVVphWW5LZkFZaGZwZTdnUT09

For more information and class times and dates click HERE

MBSR All Day Silent Retreat on Zoom!

It’s that time again….all past participants of MBSR are invited to register for the All Day Silent Retreat, a day of silent guided practice, from 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday March 20,2021 on Zoom. This is a great opportunity to refresh your meditation practice in a supportive setting with others who have taken MBSR. See guidelines below. Contact Geri Wilimek to register if you plan to attend. I will email you a link Friday, March 19, 2021.

Time to Register for MBSR!

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the evidence-based program that has been helping people reduce suffering and improve overall quality of life for over four decades. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, MBSR combines centuries old human wisdom supported by modern neuroscience. MBSR is more than an app, a mantra or a guided meditation. It is an intensive 8-week program that helps people develop greater emotional regulation, and improve self awareness, self compassion and self care. It also helps develop focus, clear communication, and opens our natural capacities for learning, creativity, problem solving, collaborating, and decision making. The benefits of mindfulness are experienced as “wellbeing” in our bodies, hearts, and minds, benefiting all of the lives we touch every day. If you experience, stress (and who doesn’t?) MBSR can help you find fresh new ways to navigate life!

It is time to register for Winter 2021 MBSR classes! You are invited to explore the material on this website, and to attend the January 26, 2021 Orientation, 6:00-7:30pm. Early registration is encouraged. Payment is refundable if, after the first class you decide to withdraw.

Click here to Register

Before eating, a pause…

  
This food arises from earth;
From circumstances and actions
too numerous to count.
May we receive 
this meal
with eyes
ears
nose
tongue
body
mind
heart.
May we radiate gratitude
in the ten directions.
 

A non-traditional but heartfelt meal blessing, for a unique Thanksgiving Day. With love for all beings, Geri

Online All Day Silent Retreat: Well Attended!

The MBSR Fall 2020 All Day Silent Retreat was held November 14, 2020 from 9:00am to 4:00pm online. Seven class members and eight alumni from past MBSR classes were present. If you missed the All Day Retreat when you were taking MBSR, or if you’ve taken MBSR and want a one-day “refresher” for your mindfulness practice, consider attending the next all-day retreat, March 20, 2021. The day is teacher-guided and is an opportunity to step back from “doing” and focus on exploring “just being”. To register email geriwilimek@gmail.com with ALL DAY RETREAT in the subject line.

MBSR Fall 2020: Underway!

Fall 2020 MBSR is underway online. There are two classes meeting this fall, one in the morning and one in the evening, both on Tuesdays. Participants have completed an orientation that covers the basics of the class. They will begin learning the skills of focused attention, curiosity, and self regulation that are the signatures of mindfulness. I always recommend that people go “all in” without expectations. It is a radical approach that respects that each person has the intrinsic ability to be aware, and to guide themselves purposefully through the training.

If you are interested in a future MBSR class, subscribe to this site in the lower right hand side of the home page for future reminders about Winter 2020 classes!

MBSR All Day Retreat works online!

Who knew? This summer, has been the first time I’ve offered MBSR online and it has gone well for me as a teacher, and for the participants! The All Day Retreat was completed Saturday July 25, and fit right in as part of the online curriculum. Thank you all for bringing yourselves to the day wholeheartedly! May the benefits you experience from mindfulness practice continue to inform and enrich you. Geri

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