Miami Mindfulness October 2020 Newsletter

lotus flower

Dear Friends,

The lotus flower has many petals that surround the center in multiple concentric layers. As the petals open, more petals unfold until the lotus is in full bloom and all layers are revealed. This process is seen as a metaphor for progress made in gradual stages toward ultimately reaching peace and wholeness.

Called padma, the lotus flower grows naturally in ponds starting out rooted deep in mud and scum. To blossom, it must make its way through murky water until it finally breaks the surface. In time the lotus emerges and blooms fully in the sun, radiant and whole.

As this next wave of virus begins to crest, I would like to share with you some free practices, teachings, guides, informative articles, and offerings that remind us to practice mindfulness meditation daily as if our life depended on it. Because it does.

In a conversation with Jon Kabat-Zinn shortly after his 13-week Covid-19 Pandemic Mitigation Retreat, hosted free worldwide by Wisdom 2.0, he emphasized to me what we and the world need now is more clarity and inclusivity.

Perhaps we can take time everyday to cultivate a mindful garden of clarity & inclusivity.

To access JKZ’s wonderful free daily 1-hour retreat sessions on YouTube, click on the recordings link on the Map of Love:   https://www.map-of-love.org

~Valerie York-Zimmerman

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Miami Mindfulness Spring 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

While life is changing and we are separated physically because of this pandemic, perhaps we are becoming even more connected than before. One way of looking at this global pandemic is as a bell calling for us to awaken. Crisis has a way of shining light on what is wounded and broken in our lives and mindfulness teaches us “to remember.” So let us look more closely at what the light is revealing to us now as we shelter at home. Let us remember the truth of our history and learn to walk a more skillful path. Choices like skillful understanding, skillful thinking, skillful speech, skillful action, skillful livelihood, and skillful effort can support and heal us during this time of disease in the body and dis-ease in the mind and heart. It can help us to remember to be more mindful.

May we and all sentient beings be well, safe, free from suffering, and filled with lovingkindness.

~Valerie York-Zimmerman

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Video: “Mindfulness and Mental Health” with Runcie, Jennings, Brewer and Leifman.

In loving memory and honor: Ferris Buck Urbanowski

Ferris Buck Urbanowski, RIP

In loving memory and honor of my first MBSR teacher Ferris Buck Urbanowski who passed away on March 29, 2019. An early student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, she was among the first practitioners of Mindfulness-Based Meditation in the U.S.  For years she worked with her friend Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn as the Director of Training, Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical Center.  Ferris taught at many spiritual centers, universities, and professional institutions including Tufts, Harvard, Pepperdine, Omega Center, as well as in Canada, Wales and Denmark.

Let’s Prevent More Tragic Heartache

U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, a 2020 candidate for president and advocate for mindfulness, said in his book, “A Mindful Nation”:

“For a very small investment, we can prevent tragic future costs and heartaches in our communities. How much will we save in preventing substance abuse? How much we will save in preventing suicides and mass shootings because children feel isolated and alone? My goal is to get us to focus more on mental health and well-being in the most important asset we have in America – well-functioning human beings.” 

More: TimRyanForAmerica.com

Miami Mindfulness and UTD Teaching Excellence Foundation Are Partnering in Professional Development for Members

MIAMI MINDFULNESS (Valerie York-Zimmerman) is proud to announce a new partnership with the UTD Teaching Excellence Foundation to provide Mindfulness-Based Professional Development to UTD members.

I am delighted to invite those of you who are Members of the United Teachers of Dade to JOIN US on Friday, October 26th, for a special Mindfulness Workshop PD to nourish your mind, body and spirit while learning stress reduction skills for yourself and your students.  Sponsored by UTD Teaching Excellence Foundation.

Especially for: M-DCPS psychologists, social workers, therapists, school counselors.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically-informed, educational, and
experiential approach to learning short and long-term coping skills and strategies to:

Reduce stress and anxiety… prevent relapse of depression and substance abuse… help with sleep and eating disorders… improve focus, concentration and relationships… strengthen emotional regulation and resilience… develop relaxation and better health… deepen sense of well-being and balance in busy demanding lives.

DETAILS: Please visit MyLearningPlan.com on the M-DCPS Employee Portal.
Course/Activity Title: UTD Foundation: Mindfulness – Stress Reduction Techniques for Yourself and Your Students (MPP’s are available)
WHEN: Friday, October 26th, 9:00 am until 3:00 pm
WHERE: Beautiful Coral Gables Congregational Church, Coral Gables
(easy, free parking around the church – across from The Biltmore Hotel)
REGISTER: You must register at: MyLearningPlan.com on M-DCPS Employee Portal.

Please share this invitation with your UTD colleagues. Space is limited so please register soon to reserve your space.


FYI: Miami Mindfulness Fall Newsletter ~ Education, mental health, public policy, citizenship.  Click here to view Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2wZqGY5


I hope some of you will be able to join us for the UTD Workshop and look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you a very healthy, happy, safe, and rewarding new school year,

Valerie

Valerie York-Zimmerman
Founder and Senior Teacher
Miami Mindfulness

Congressman Tim Ryan Visits Miami-Dade Schools (The Miami Herald)

CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN, D-OHIO

Published May 1, 2018 Copyright  (c) 2018 The Miami Herald

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan
Rep. Tim Ryan

Congressman Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat, recently visited several inner city schools in Miami-Dade to raise awareness on the importance of using the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program as a tool to combat stress, aggression, bullying and school violence.

Ryan visited the Academy for International Education in Miami Springs, Mater Academy of International Studies in Miami, and Arcola Lakes Elementary School in Liberty City. His visit was organized by Valerie York-Zimmerman, founder of Miami Mindfulness, which provides professional training of the program to teachers and counselors, who then teach students in the classroom. The training aims to increase attention and academic achievement, reduce stress and increase performance, improve impulse control and increase teaching time in classrooms, develop emotional regulation and teach students to respond instead of reacting, and build empathy and compassion.

“For a very small investment, we can prevent tragic future costs and heartaches in our communities. How much will we save in preventing substance abuse? How much will we save in preventing suicides and mass shootings because children feel isolated and alone? My goal is to get us to focus more on mental health and well-being in the most important asset we have in America — well-functioning human beings,” Ryan said.

Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article210238134.html#


Tim Ryan to Visit Miami Classrooms to Raise Awareness About Violence and How to Develop Safe Schools and Mental Health

JOIN US NOW IN A CALL TO ACTION!
Support Mindfulness-Based Programs in Your School to Improve Mental Health and Reduce Stress, Bullying & Violence.

Berger Singerman Law Firm, 1450 Brickell Avenue #1900, Miami FL

Monday, April 23, 2018,  5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan to Visit Miami Classrooms to Raise Awareness About Violence and How to Develop Safe Schools and Mental Health

Tim Ryan with family

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