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The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.
 If you are attentive, you will see it.”
- Thich Naht Hanh

In this edition

New MBCSM Program, and New University of Toronto Collaboration with NNC’s Facilitator training course, Mindfulness Matters, Lumina Corporate programmes, Self-Myofascial Release Article and more!

NNC Collaborates with the
University of Toronto’s Faculty of Continuing Studies!

As of January 2017, MBCPMTM Facilitator and Professional Training will also be available through the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Continuing Studies. The training will involve a total of 80 hours divided over the Practicum (Practical Training Immersion: PTI), the Curriculum Training (Curriculum Training Intensive: CTI) and, in addition, 21 hours of on-line training.  These trainings will be concurrent with NNC’s usual trainings and will be offered twice a year. 

Upcoming Dates include April 17th to 26th and August 14th to 23rd 2017 (August University course registration not open till March 2017):

NEW: Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management (MBCSM) Course 

MBCSM workbook and meditations are available for those already trained to deliver the MBCPMTM course, and for corporations.  The new course incorporates the “Trauma-Informed” learning already built into the MBCPMTM courses and provides more flexibility to introduce courses into corporate environments.  The new meditations recorded for this course are available as downloads.

Corporate and Group Health Care Professional Courses in Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management (MBCSM)
NNC will work with your organization to bring MBCSM into corporations to improve workplace absenteeism, stress management and productivity.  The 3 Module programme enhances resiliency, develops the mind-body connection and improves relationship skills.

Lumina Learning Series can follow the MBCSM programme to further promote a more productive and happier workplace.  There are several Lumina programmes ideally suited for promoting skills and resiliency in the workplace: Lumina Spark, Leader, Leader 360, Sales, and Emotion. 

These products can also be used to assess where a team needs enhancement of certain qualities in team members that are needed for the team’s mandate, and how to achieve that (Lumina Team); what qualities a company needs and whether they are present in candidates for a position when hiring (Lumina Talent), and whether the culture aspired to by a company is indeed aligned with their current culture (Lumina Culture).

Every company wants to promote health in their staff. We’ve heard the saying: “happy wife, happy life” well, perhaps we can stretch that to: “happy teams, increased means”; or “staff feeling fine, better bottom line-----“. It’s a win-win.

NB: Any MBCPM alumni or facilitator can arrange with NNC to have their own Lumina portrait done and debriefed by phone or Zoom by a trained Lumina affiliate within the NNC team—there is a cost. Phone us at 416 461 4333 to enquire.
Upcoming 5-day Patient Courses in MBCPMTM:

Monday April 17th to Friday April 21st 2017. 
Facilitators: Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix & Grace Bezaire
Monday August 14th to Friday August 18th 2017
Facilitators: Dr. Kim McKenzie & Grace Bezaire

9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily with Wednesday & Friday ending at 1:00 pm,
at University of Toronto.

With physician referral course covered by OHIP; materials and enrolment: $160

Additional Courses

(Toronto and throughout Canada):

Patient courses starting early to late spring will be updated on our website as dates are announced.

Mindfulness Matters Maintenance for Alumni Via Zoom: Ongoing:
Beat the Winter Blues

- 9 sessions on Tuesday’s from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. Open to all MBCPMTMprevious participants; this is designed as an on-line “drop in” programme from your home or office (please call the office for information; referral form is required).

Next Session: Spring Blossom – 9 sessions starting Tuesday May 2nd
from 4:00 to 5:15pm.

MBCPMTM Facilitators running these sessions include Grace Bezaire and Sara Pukal, with Facilitator Assistant Janice May.

Photo Submission by Alumni Sherry D. titled “Dialing Down”

Article:  The Enhancement of Creative Thinking with Mindfulness (on Linked In)

CEO of Mindfulness Works, Michael Chaskalson, says Mindfulness Training can help develop the capacity for creative thinking. There are 4 stages to the creative process and Mindfulness allows us to create balance between ‘freestyle’ thinking and ‘control’.   Click here to read his full article:

Article Review: “Roll with it” by Ginny Graves (Prevention Magazine, Dec 2016)
In Roll with it, a fibromyalgia sufferer describes that she rolls on foam every day for 5 to 10 minutes to help reduce the pain levels in her mind and body, from a 9 to a 3 (on a 10-point numeric pain scale).  For “Self-Myofascial Release” (SMR), also known as foam rolling, “research has shown its ability to relieve muscle and joint pain, reduce the risk of injury, release stress and ease anxiety.” 


What is SMR?

SMR is a gentle form of self-massage by applying pressure to specific points on the body by using foam cylinders and spongy balls to help ease aches and pains.

How can you do this at home?

It takes practice!

“SMR can be done using therapy balls (or 2 racquet or tennis balls), foam cylinders” (can be bought through such on-line stores as Amazon and are firmer and fatter than foam pool noodles), “or a soft pillow or a rolled up towel.”  

How does SMR work?

The answers lie in our fascia, the tissue just beneath our skin and surrounding every muscle and organ in the body.  Fascia is a stretchy, mesh-like substance made of collagen, with 10 times more nerve endings than muscle. As our bodies age our fascia and muscles become less elastic and more “fibrotic”, making our bodies feel stiffer, more inclined to be achy and less flexible. “We actually hold negative emotions in our fascia, along with physical pain and tension.” By rolling over the fascia we help keep our tissue pliable and moving with greater ease, and thus less pain. The pressure receptors in our fascia and skin become stimulated by moderate pressure, such as a foam roller, and send a signal through nerves to the brain, which signal your “Rest & Digest” nerve network, also known as the Parasympathetic Nervous System.  This is also how massage can work. “As the heart rate slows, cortisol and other stress hormones drop, and serotonin and dopamine rise: the feel-good hormones.”

Photo Submission by Alumni Sherry D.

“A Mindful Society” Conference

Check out the annual University of Toronto’s conference coming up Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd 2017. This weekend is do-able for those doing our professional training April 17th to 26th as Saturday is a free day and Sunday the silent day.

Mindfulness isnt difficult we just need to remember to do it” – Sharon Salzberg

NNC Programmes Liaison Coordinator Janice May practicing Walking Meditation in the sandy beaches down South.

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