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Reducing Stress and Developing Resiliency



  1. What is mindfulness?
    Mindfulness, which is a special way of paying attention, is often described as the cultivation of present moment awareness with acceptance instead of judgment. Also referred to as “mindful awareness,” it’s about noticing what we’re doing while we’re doing it, what we’re thinking when we’re thinking it, and how we’re feeling while we’re feeling it.   Read more...
  2. What is meditation?
    Meditation is a practice that helps us to bring more and more moments of mindfulness into our daily lives.   Read more...
  3. How can mindfulness and meditation help with stress?
    Life can be stressful sometimes. Although we can’t remove all the stressors from our lives, we can change our relationship to stress. That’s where mindfulness and meditation come in.  Read more...
  4. What are other benefits of practicing mindfulness?
    Mindfulness also increases awareness, self-regulation, and emotional well-being. Without benefit of mindfulness, we often act on our automatic thoughts, which can be inaccurate or untrue.   Read more...
  5. Are mindfulness and meditation religious?
    No. Mindfulness and meditation are not religious. But a mindfulness practice or a meditation practice can feel spiritual because we are waking up to our lives and getting to know ourselves, maybe for the first time.   Read more...
  6. Who can benefit by cultivating a mindfulness practice?
    Everyone can benefit. Because of the consistently positive outcomes that mindfulness yields across different domains and age groups, it continues to attract the attention of educators, scientists, physicians, and multidisciplinary researchers in our society and around the world.   Read more...
  7. Is a formal sitting meditation practice the only way to cultivate mindfulness?
    No, but it helps. Sitting meditation is an exercise for our mind. The more we practice, the more we build and fine-tune a healthy relationship to our lives. Through a regular daily practice,   Read more...
  8. How can I start a mindfulness meditation practice?
    First set an intention then follow through. You do not need any special equipment. Many people find that first thing in the morning is the best time for them.   Read more...
  9. What are some good introductory meditations to try?
    The Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA offers several wonderful meditations that you can download for free. Links to this site and others can be found in the resource listings below.
  10. How can I learn more?
    To learn more about mindfulness, see the section on resources below, which include local practitioners who can help you or your group get started, right here, right now.


Local Practitioners and Educators

Mary Ann C. Burnside, Ed.D.
Hearts and Minds, LLC
Lexington, MA
(339) 223-9067
Website: www.withheartsandminds.com
Email: maryann@withheartsandminds.com

Read Mindfulness Matters, a monthly column at LexingtonPatch, by Dr. Burnside

Pam Ressler, RN
Stress Resources LLC
Concord MA
Phone (978) 369-5243
Website: http://www.stressresources.com/

Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
Cambridge, MA
Phone: 617-441-9038
Website: http://www.cimc.org
Email: office@cambridgeinsight.org

Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at UMASS Medical
Worcester, MA
Phone: 508-856-2656
Website: http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/index.aspx
Email: mindfulness@umassmed.edu

Boston University Center for Anxiety And Related Disorders
648 Beacon Street (6th Floor)
Boston, MA – 02215
Phone: 617-353-9610
Fax: 617-353-9609
Website: www.bu.edu/card

Local Yoga Studios and Other Mind-Body Health and Wellness Centers

  1. Serenity Yoga and Wellness Center
  2. PRANA Power Yoga in Winchester and Newton, MA
  3. Center for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Lexington, MA
  4. Reservoir Family Wellness in Acton, MA
  5. The Arlington Center

Finding a Therapist

Elizabeth McGuire, MSW, Intervention Consultant Email: bethm@relationallife.com Phone: 617.416.3026

General Youth and Family-Focused Community Organizations

  1. Town of Lexington’s Center for Youth and Family Services
  2. Center for Parents and Teachers in Concord MA
  3. Parenting Resources Associates in Lexington, MA

Some Resources for Teens, Parents and Teachers

  1. (For Teens) Mindfulness for Teens: Meditation Practices to Reduce Stress and Promote Well-Being CD by Gina Biegel
  2. (For Teens) Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Teens CD by Amy Saltzman, MD
  3. (For Teens) Stress Reduction Workbook For Teens by Gina Biegel available at Amazon.com
  4. (For Teens) Wide Awake by Diana Winston available at Amazon.com
  5. (For Teens) Too Stressed to Think? A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy by Annie Fox, Ed.M. and Ruth Kirschner
  6. (For Parents and Teachers) The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland
  7. (For Parents and Teachers) Building Emotional Intelligence in Children by Linda Lantieri
  8. (For Parents and Teachers) Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens by Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D. and Jennifer Wyatt
  9. Mindfulness Meditation Practice CDs by Jon Kabat-Zinn;
  10. Online courses at UCLA’S Mindful Awareness Research Center
  11. Downloadable meditations available at UCLA’S Mindful Awareness Research Center

Information on Mindfulness and Schools

  1. Association for Mindfulness in Education
  2. Mindful Schools, an ongoing project in the Oakland, CA public schools; www.mindfulschools.org
  3. InnerKids Foundation
  4. Inner Resilience Program