by Dean Solon

Ram Dass:  "We are all just walking each other home."

In my lifetime, mindfulness—in its multitude of forms—has become one of the most popular indoor sports in the United States.
It is a sport; it is a practice that comes with many instructions.
Yet there are no rules...other than this, perhaps:  A heart of the practice is being kind and gentle with yourself.

Meditation is a personal journey, is a path of discovery.

Each of us is born into this life,
without a visible road map,
and told to explore.
Exploring, it can be easy to forget you are exploring.
Experimenting, it can be easy to forget you are experimenting.
Exploring and experimenting, it may be easy to forget---in this world with a nearly infinite possibility of activities, of experiences, of dramas and distractions---that within each of is is a nearly infinite ocean of possibility.
Within you is a world of mystery and surprise, is a world of awe and splendor.
»  Read the full poem on our blog 
Dean Solon leads meditation groups on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings at The Resiliency Center. He has been practicing for over 45 years and facilitating meditation groups on a regular basis since 2003. He encourages a personal, gentle, non-rigid approach to mindfulness and meditation.

»  RSVP by contacting him at solon945@aol.com and joining our Meetup group.

An Exercise in Heartfulness and Self-Compassion

By Jen Perry

Recent studies conducted by researcher Kristin Neff and her team have found that the heartfulness practices of self-compassion has as strong if not stronger outcomes in health and wellbeing when emphasized explicitly in contemplative practices.  It is my opinion that self-compassion when emphasized has less of the drop-out problem I hear so frequently. This makes sense because the whole premise of self-compassion is one of softening to our suffering, our inner critic, and our perceived failures.
So, if you are someone who when they hear about meditation exclaims: “I tried meditation but it’s too hard, I can’t do it!” and you happened to have approached your attempts to learn mindfulness without the emphasis on heartfulness, I invite you to retry your approach using heartfulness first.
The Self-Compassion Break (from Kristin Neff http://self-compassion.org)
When you are having a stressful moment, see if you can feel where in your body you experience the stress.

Now, say to yourself:

1. This is a moment of suffering.

That’s mindfulness, the simple, bare awareness of what you are going through.  Other options include:
  • This hurts.
  • Ouch.
  • This is stress.

2. Suffering is a part of life.

We often forget that suffering is common to all and present in every life.  Other options include:
  • Other people feel this way.
  • I’m not alone.
  • We all struggle in our lives.
Say to yourself while placing a hand over your heart:

3. May I be kind to myself? 

You can also ask yourself, “What do I need to hear right now to express kindness to myself?” Is there a phrase that speaks to you in your particular situation, such as:
  • May I give myself the compassion that I need
  • May I learn to accept myself as I am
  • May I forgive myself
  • May I be strong
  • May I be patient
This practice can be used any time of day or night, and will help you remember to evoke self-compassion when you need it most.
Jennifer Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mindfulness Teacher and Peaceful Parenting Coach. Using Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment strategies she helps clients relate to themselves and their experiences with compassion in order live full and meaningful lives. Her approach balances the desire for personal growth and change with acceptance and loving-kindness for self and others.

»  Contact her at jen@heartfulness consulting.comand 215-292-5056 for information about her counseling and coaching practice as well as for upcoming classes.

Additional Resources

Featured Programs

Free Community Event:  Sending Your Roots Rain

April 16, 2016,  2pm-3pm
April is National Poetry Month! As a part of the “Philly Loves Poetry” Festival, Writethought will present a free one hour workshop titled “Sending your roots rain”. It focuses on self-compassion, and will help participants explore ways in which they can focus on nourishing themselves through writing. Led by Certified Poetry Therapist Anjana Deshpande, this workshop open to all levels of skill and the focus will be on how poetry can help us heal. You do not have to be a good writer to do this!  Please bring writing materials with you. 

»  To register for this free event, please email Anjanawrite@gmail.com.

Labyrinth Walk: Mindfulness in Movement (A CEM Workshop)

Mon., April 11, 7-8:30pm

Join Brittiney George and Alix Amar in this special outdoor CEM workshop.  This event will take place in a beautiful private labyrinth in Elkins Park where we will enjoy an evening of meditation, community, and an exploration of ways to bring mindfulness into our daily lives.

Space is limited, please RSVP by April 8 to confirm participation and receive directions by contacting Brittiney George at 610-389-7866 or movebackintolife@gmail.com

»  More information is available on Meetup.

Community News

Resiliency Center Knitting Circle Warm Hugs Project

On March 12, 2016, Jen Perry and members of the Resiliency Center Knitting Circle brought “Warm Hugs” ~ knitted and crocheted lap blankets to the Dresher Hill Rehabilitation Center. This is our second year spending the afternoon talking with residents and bringing smiles and warmth through our donation of 50 blankets. If you would like to participate, you are welcome to join us the second Saturday of every month at 10:00-11:30am.

»  Contact Jen for more information jen@ heartfulnessconsulting.com or 215-292-5056
»  Learn more on Meetup


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Find events on our calendar, read our blog, check out our Meetup groups, view our offices, and learn more about our services and practitioners—all in one place

Now, you can also view practitioners by service (like family counseling, health, or professional development), and view programs by topic (like meditation, writing, or yoga). Plus, the site looks great on your phone and tablet too! 

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New Offerings

Stress and Your Health: A Support Circle

Thursdays at 12 pm, beginning March 31

Join Dana Barron, PhD, CHC, Certified Health Coach and Healing Guide for a circle of support around stress and your health.  Participants will receive support and resources for reducing stress, increasing energy, addressing chronic illness and fatigue, and living more spaciously. 

» RSVP required: Dana Barron at healing pathcoaching@ yahoo.com or 215-688-5108.


Children’s Workshops “I Know What to Do with My Feelings”

Beginning Sun. April 3,
10-11am and 
11:15am-12:15 pm

Group for children ages 4 to 9. Parent and child learn skills together to express emotions and calm anxiety through fun yoga, relaxation, art and games.  Some insurances accepted and discounts available for a second child. Space limited, registration required.
» Call Kathy at 215-289-3101 or kasiakrol@aol.com for more information.   

Greater Philadelphia Holistic Parents Meetup

Saturday, April 9, 1-3pm
The Greater Philadelphia Holistic Parents Meetup now meets at a new date and time on Saturdays! April’s guest speaker is Stephanie Hope Dodd, author of Good Baby, Bad Sleeper and creator of Heart Centered Sleep Solutions. Bring your questions! We will also be making a simple magnesium oil to help with sleep. There will be a $5-10 materials fee if you wish to go home with some oil to try. Time to socialize and connect with other like-minded parents included.
» Please RSVP on Meetup
» Contact Jen Perry at jen@ heartfulness consulting.com or 215-292-5056 with questions.

Sunday Afternoon Write-In

6 Sundays beginning April 10, 1-4pm
We are all storytellers-start telling yours.  Join Rachel Kobin for six Sundays of writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, screenplays), with time to read aloud if you choose.  All level of writers are welcome.  There will be no classes on Passover, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day. This workshop differs from the Tuesday night writing workshop in that it consists of only writing and discussing questions/concerns but with no manuscript critiques. 
» For more information contact Rachel Kobin at www.phillywriters.com or 484-999-1854.

Teen DBT Skills Summer Camp

Now accepting applications for June
If you're looking for a way for your teen to focus on wellness this summer, while connecting with other teens and learning important skills like mindfulness, self-acceptance, healthy relationships, coping skills and effective decision making, you won't want your teen to miss this week long camp!

» Space is limited and campers are by application only.
» Contact Katie@creative healingphilly.com for more information and to apply.


April Events

Learn more about all of our offerings – and how to RSVP – by clicking on the program title on our online calendar or following the links below.

FREE Health Coaching Session

Health Coach Dana Barron, PhD, CHC is offering complimentary 30-60 minute heath coaching consultations.
» Contact Dana at healingpathcoaching @yahoo.com or 215-688-5108.

Journal to the Selfâ„¢

Tuesdays, Start date TBD, 6-8 pm. 
» Contact Anjana @ anjanawrite@gmail.com  or 267-422-2861.



Becoming Your Own Best Friend.  Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Therapy Group

Mondays, 11-12 noon
» Contact Jen Perry at 215-292-5056 or jen@ heartfulness consulting.com


The Greater Philadelphia Holistic Parents Meetup

Date change!
2nd Saturday of the month
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Sound Meditation and Relaxation Experience

Every other Sunday at 7 pm


DBT Skills Group  

Tuesdays at 7:30pm
» Pre-registration required


Rumi and Hafiz Poetry Evening

Monthly on Wednesdays at 7:30pm
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Rest, Restore, and Move Class

Every other Tuesday at 12pm
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EMDR Consultation Group

Monthly on Friday at 8:30am
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LPC Supervision Group for Therapists

2 Wednesdays per month at 5:30 pm
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Youth and Tween Peer Group Therapy

2 Wednesdays per month


Interstitial Cystitis/ Pelvic Pain Support Group

Monthly on Wednesdays at 7:30pm


Teen Group Therapy Circle

» Learn More


Philadelphia Writers Workshop

Tuesdays, 7-10 pm
Pre-registration required.
» Learn More


Morning Meditation

Mondays, 8:30 am
» Learn More


Evening Meditation

Thursdays, 7:30 pm
» Learn More


Qi Gong Classes

Thursdays at 2 and 6:15 pm
No classes April 28 or May 5
» Learn More


Knitting Circle

Monthly on Saturdays
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Dalai Lama
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