The Shop Tart has been taking a class, something she swore she would never do after college. (Grad school doesn’t count. But that was it. For real!) There are exceptions to every rule, of course. When the Shop Tart was asked if she wanted to follow an eight week course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Upstream with Jemme Stewart, she knew she had to do it. Jemme is a lovely woman with a lot of credentials, PMHCNS/BC, Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. But what really matters is her calming presence. The Shop Tart has to be honest: She hasn’t made it to every class. She has, however, learned a lot. Just hanging out here makes her feel calm.
Have you ever read anything by Jon Kabat-Zinn? Or thought that you should read something of his, but never could find the time? Take the class instead. It’ll help you stick to it! (Interested? They have a class starting May 6th, with orientation on April 29th. If the Shop Tart remembers correctly, you can attend the orientation to learn more, with no obligation to take the class. (But you’ll want to take the class.)
On Saturday, the Shop Tart spent six hours with some of her classmates, and a few people from other classes, for a full day of near silence. It was heaven. They talked a little at the beginning, then participated in several guided, silent meditations. Then they talked for a little while at the end about the day. Bonus: Once you’ve taken a series, you are always welcome to attend one of these retreats. See you there! The Shop Tart left feeling all kinds of awesome, truly focused.
She had so much clarity, she knew she wanted a glass of bubbly and a simple salad. Hooray for DiPrato’s! A meal alone in a restaurant is its own kind of silent meditation, n’est-ce pas?
By the way, have you tried DiPrato’s latest pimento cheese flavor? Gouda and bacon. Unlike some pimento cheeses with bacon, this one allows the bacon to maintain its delicious individuality, instead of mushing it into the cheese. Yum.
The Shop Tart also snagged a taste of the new collard green salad. This was delicious and, if you eat it every day, you will probably live a long and healthy life.
Still feeling mindful, the Shop Tart realized she needed to take some pimento cheese home, along with some tasty pickled green tomatoes. Meditation is good.
Craving DiPrato’s now? Go see them. Or wait until Saturday, when they’ll be at Soda City, probably with samples!
In today’s post…
- Upstream: A Center for Mindfulness Practice & Holistic Mental Health, 2123 College Street, 803-250-6764
- DiPrato’s Delicatessen, 342 Pickens Street, 803-779-0606
Happy Shopping and don’t forget to tell them you read it on the Shop Tart!