Real Happiness at Work
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Friday evening seminar, April 25: 7:30 PM - 9:30pm

Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace
In this evening seminar we will explore a path to finding real happiness at work. Despite the many hours we tend to spend working, that arena of our lives may not be the source of great fulfillment or meaning. We will look at the qualities that can turn that around, including mindfulness, compassion, resilience, integrity, and open awareness, and learn practices that help cultivate each of these. Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, the workshop will consist of guided meditations, talks and time for questions and answers.

Saturday workshop, April 26: 9:30 AM - 4:30 pm
A Day With Sharon Salzberg
In this workshop we will delve more deeply into the topic of finding real happiness at work. We will cover the art of restoring balance, sharpening concentration and developing resilience. Bringing the element of compassion, which leads us to authentic communication and true connection with those around us, into the work environment. This workshop can revolutionize workplace dynamics. Attendees will come away equipped with a variety of survival skills and tools, better prepared to walk through their careers with integrity, compassion and confidence. Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, the workshop will consist of guided meditations, talks and time for questions and answers.

An optional healthy and sumptuous vegetarian lunch will be catered and served during the lunch break. Attendees wishing to participate in the lunch, please select the workshop with meal ticket option. CEU’s for health-care professionals applied for.
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Ticket options:
Friday only (advance) $15
Saturday only (advance) $75
Saturday only with meal (advance) $89
Friday & Saturday (advance) $80
Friday & Saturday with meal (advance) $94
CEU's (advance) $2.50

CEU’s for health-care professionals applied for.
A New Book from Sharon Salzberg…
Difficult coworkers; feeling undervalued; a long commute; boring tasks; trouble finding no matter the source of contention, everyone with a job faces daily challenges that undermine the ability to be happy at work. But here is the secret: Anyone who can breathe can even at work.


REAL HAPPINESS AT WORK: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace

Workman, January 2014
$13.95

This book is the follow-up to the New York Times bestselling REAL HAPPINESS, is a practical guide in which Sharon Salzberg brings the profound benefits of meditation to the workplace. Using core meditations and stealth practices, readers will learn how to improve their work life through mindfulness, compassion for coworkers and clients, and ingenuity.

•If you don’t already have a meditation practice, the exercises in REAL HAPPINESS AT WORK will get you started. If you do have one, Sharon’s guidance will show you how to bring it to the office with specific and meaningful acts appropriate anywhere—even during a meeting. Employing simple thought adjustments and mini-meditations throughout the day will improve creativity, productivity, organization, and kindness for both you and your coworkers. For example:
• Put a free minute—or five—on the calendar before every meeting for a short follow-the-breath break.
• Notice how you are holding something in your hand—a steering wheel or cup, for instance. Sometimes we exert so much force holding things it exacerbates tension without our realizing it.
• Unitask! Focus exclusively on just one thing—for a small portion of time, if necessary.
• Don’t pick up the phone on the first ring. Let it ring three times, breathe, then pick it up.
• Before sending an important email, send it to yourself first. When you open it as the “recipient,” you’ll better notice the tone, implications, and omissions.
• As you sit down at your workspace, gently scan the sensations of your body, from head to toe. Notice areas of tension, and breathe into them to relax.

Pulling from 40 years of meditation teaching, Salzberg presents the Eight Pillars of Happiness in the Workplace and explains them through narrative anecdotes and examples, questions and answers, and of course, breathing exercises. The core concepts explored by each chapter are:
• Balance: the ability to differentiate between who you are and what your job is
• Concentration: being able to focus without being swayed by distraction
• Compassion: being aware of and sympathetic to the humanity of ourselves and others
• Resilience: the ability to recover from defeat, frustration, or failure
• Communication and connection: understanding that everything we do and say can further connection, or take away from it
• Integrity: bringing your deepest ethical values to the workplace
• Meaning: infusing the work you do with relevance for your own personal goals
• Open Awareness: the ability to see the big picture and not be held back by self-imposed limitations

These eight pillars are the foundation of REAL HAPPINESS AT WORK—and the key to unlocking happiness in a subtle yet powerful way.
Jon Seskevich RN,BSN,BA,CHTPIf you, or someone you love is looking for ways to cope with the stress of life changes or illness this web site offers many resources to help you reduce stress.


These tools and resources will also be of interest to professional health care providers as a supplement to traditional medical practices. Designed by Jon Seskevich, a nurse specialist in North Carolina, this valuable, free written information can help you increase your knowledge and skills in stress and life change management.
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These free guidebooks are available to access online or print out as .pdf files. 

A Guide to Coping With Health Problems and Stress  information that can help you increase your knowledge and skills in stress and pain management

A Guide to Non-pharmacological Pain Management  


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I just wanted to tell you my story - I had gotten into having insomnia the few days right before Jon's presentation - this is rare for me but I was feeling very stressed and it was awful! I tried his techniques every day since and I haven't had insomnia since (knock on wood) and I feel overall much better and less stressed! I think that he is an angel! There are so few times in life where a few minutes of someone's time can really change your life - but he did! I also taught my daughter the technique for when she has "rest time" at kindergarten this fall and then it was so cute to see her teach my husband!

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Published Articles: (pdf format)

Brief Meditation Training Can Improve Perceived Stress and Negative Mood  by James D. Lane, PhD; Jon Seskevich, RN, BSN, BA; Carl F. Piper, DrPH
Brief Meditation Training Can Improve Perceived Stress and Negative Mood  by James D. Lane, PhD; Jon Seskevich, RN, BSN, BA; Carl F. Piper, DrPH
from Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine;
Jan/Feb 2007; 13, 1; Research Library, pg. 38

Relaxation Technique to Ease Dyspnea: A Tool for Oncology Nurses Relaxation Technique to Ease Dyspnea: A Tool for Oncology Nurses
by Cathy Glennon, RN, MHS, BC, CNA, OCN®, and Jon Seskevich, RN, BSN, BA, CHTP from Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing • Volume 12, Number 2 • Published, Aug. 2008; Supportive Care

Helping Patients with Heart Failure Manage Stress
Helping Patients with Heart Failure Manage Stress
by Jon Seskevich, RN, CHTP, BSN; Helen Gabert, RN, CS, MPN; Ann Charles, ARRT, MR; and Michael S. Cuffe, MD
from
www.nursing2005.com

 

Beneficial Effects of Noetic Therapies on Mood Before Percutaneous Intervention for Unstable Coronary SyndromesBeneficial Effects of Noetic Therapies on Mood Before Percutaneous Intervention for Unstable Coronary Syndromes
by Jon Seskevich, RN, BSN, BA, CHTP; Suzanne W. Crater, RN, MSN, ANP-C; James D. Lane, PhD; and Mitchell W. Krucoff, MD from Nursing Research March/April 2004 Vol 53, No 2
Integrative noetic therapies as adjuncts to percutaneous intervention during unstableIntegrative noetic therapies as adjuncts to percutaneous intervention during unstable
coronary syndromes: Monitoring and Actualization of Noetic Training (MANTRA) feasibility pilot

Mitchell W. Krucoff, MD; Suzanne W. Crater, RN, ANP-C; Cindy L. Green, PhD; Arthur C. Maas, MD; Jon E. Seskevich, RN; James D. Lane, PhD; Karen A. Loeffler;, Kenneth Morris, MD; Thomas M. Bashore, MD; and Harold G. Koenig, MD from American Heart Journal November 2001
 

Also available on this site are products you can buy that will guide you through learning these stress and pain management skills. With this being such a time of high stress I am slashing the prices on all Stress Management materials. These include:
The Sleep CDA Sleep CD Listen to the soothing sounds of Jon's voice as he guides you into a relaxed state.
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Sleep CD & Stress Management CD both $15.00
The Stress Management CDStress Management CD has many valuable and effective ways to lower stress including relaxation breathing instruction and guided imagery exercises.  Order now! Now $10.00!
Guided Relaxation with Touch TherapyAn instructional videotape teaching guided relaxation with touch therapy and stress management, designed for professional care providers or anyone who wants to have a positive influence on the health of his or her family and friends. Order now! Now $5.00!

Audio Tape Programs - Stress Management Education & Self-Relaxation SkillsAudiotape programs providing instruction in simple and effective relaxation and stress management skills to combat the wear and tear of stress in daily life. Order now!
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The Duke Medical Center Bookstore will take credit card or mail orders for the Sleep CD and the Stress Management CD (US only). Contact them at 106 Facilities Center, Durham, NC 27710 or call 919/684-2717.

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