Sharon Salzberg Coming to the Triangle

“Sharon Salzberg is an amazing teacher, and her words …
illuminate the way to love wisely.”
– Jack Kornfield

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The Bright Hour a Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs

Received a text from a friend reading a book and noticed a mention of “Nurse Jon” and “Relaxation Jon.” What a big surprise for us both! This book is powerful, like one of Stephen Levine, or Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ Living and Dying workshops. I read it on plane flight and trains in India! Right after she finishes about our interaction and an outcome of her practice, recovery from an anxiety, panic attack, she shares her relative, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Bright Hour story. On Facebook recently: Working at Duke put this picture and told about Nina’s treatment at the Cancer Center, and my teaching her a form of meditation that she used and gained repeated benefits over the last year of her life.

Body Relaxation with Hammered Dulcimer (feat. Jon Seskevich)by Helen Wolfson
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Also very pleased to announce the release of Body Relaxation with Hammered Dulcimer! My voice is recorded with the relaxing, soothing, fun sound of the Hammered Dulcimer with Helen Wolfson.

Spontaneously collaborating one afternoon in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, we did a guided relaxation with a patient and her mom that yielded fantastic feedback and encouragement to make a recording. Here it is. Helen playing her hammered dulcimer and I speak from a place of deep heart and meditation. We have weaved together voice and music, that relaxes, the body, and calms the mind.

Helen Wolfson is a Certified Music Practitioner® who plays at bedside in private homes, residential facilities, and hospitals. Her relaxing music offers healing, solace, pain relief, and stress relief to clients and their families.

Jon Seskevich RN, BSN, BA, CHTP, is a stress-management nurse who works daily with patients in a major medical center in Durham, NC. He teaches simple, practical, scientifically valid, mind/body approaches for healing and stress management.
One day, Helen and Jon found themselves in the same hospital room and spontaneously worked together to create a profound difference in the patient’s attitude. At the end of the session, the patient’s mother asked them if they always worked together. Out of that question, this collaboration was born.
Body Relaxation with Hammered Dulcimer combines Helen’s mesmerizing music with Jon’s soothing voice. Sit back, listen, and let them dissolve your stress.

Jon is Blue Devil of the Week

Jon Seskevich
Stress Management Nurse clinician for the Center for Advanced Practice with the Duke University Health System.
29 years at Duke
What he does at Duke:
A teacher and student of meditation since he was 24, Seskevich uses what he’s learned to help ease the stress of patients at Duke University Hospital. He does this through a variety of means, including helping them meditate by focusing on breathing, relaxing their bodies and helping fill their minds with positive thoughts.

“Illness gives a person stress but then stress can aggravate the health problem,” Seskevich explains. “So stress management is a way to lower symptoms and give control to a person. Health problems take control, I bring control back.”
With a calming, empathetic demeanor, he’s also found a niche as one of the hospital’s most sympathetic ears.

“Patients hear ‘relax don’t worry,’ which makes it worse,” Seskevich said. “But what I’m able to do is teach how. How you’re able to relax and decrease worry.”

What he loves about Duke:
“The idea that I’m supported in what I do. … For me, I have a lot of autonomy in what I do. I’m getting the consults, I’m figuring out who to see, prioritizing. I’m obviously getting to use creativity in my work. Everybody talks about my voice being relaxing, so again, having this position, I get to use a real strength and gift that I have.”

A memorable day at work:
Seskevich remembers working with a woman who had been paralyzed. Coming to grips with the severity of the situation left her devastated. But after a session with Seskevich, her spirit began to lift and some of her symptoms lessened.
When her husband entered the room, he was elated to see his wife’s smile return.
“I don’t know what you did, but it helped her,” Seskevich remembers him saying. “Thank you!”
“That was so humbling,” Seskevich said.

A special object in the office:
Seskevich is rarely without one of his many sets of prayer beads. Thumbing through a strand while repeating a positive or spiritual thought is an effective way to relieve stress and ease the mind.
“I guess you could call it a kinesthetic device that helps you focus on the present,” he said.

First job:
As a teenager, Seskevich was a caddie at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts. While his golf days are long past, he fondly recalls hammering one long, satisfying drive during a rare caddie golf outing.
“I maybe got a double-bogey on that hole, but that drive was farther than anyone’s,” Seskevich said. “… It just exploded. But that was the only good shot.”

Best advice received:
When Seskevich was a nursing assistant – a job he enjoyed – he mulled an opportunity to return to school and advance his career. He asked his meditation teacher what he should do.
“I like what I’m doing, I’m at the patient’s bedside, I’m helping them,” he said. “Why go back to school?”
“You’ll make more money,” his teacher responded.
Years later, the exchange still makes him laugh.
“So here’s this spiritual teacher telling me to go back to school because I’ll make more money,” he said. “He was right.”

Something most people don’t know about him:
An accomplished singer and player of the harmonium – a type of organ - Seskevich has released six albums and appeared onstage at festivals. Recently, his music has explored blending the circular melodies of old-time bluegrass with chanting derived from several faith traditions.
“It’s all different,” Seskevich said. “Buddhist, I’ve got Christian, I’ve got Hindu, I’ve got Sufi Islamic, Native American. I say chanting is universal. All these spiritual traditions do this common practice. I’m more for bringing people together as opposed to separation.”

Building Resiliency

I am a registered nurse who has worked in one of the USA’s best medical centers since 1987. During these years I have had the great fortune to help create a unique hospital position: Listening to patients and teaching simple, practical, scientifically valid, mind/body approaches for healing and stress management.

To help more people and to share my passion for improving quality of life and physical functioning: I have recorded the CD Building Resiliency. Of course you don’t have to be sick in the hospital to benefit from this wonderful recording. The insight, wisdom, and science shared in “Building Resiliency” can support almost anyone to cope with changes in life and help recover from stressful events.

Daily I am complimented about the soothing quality of my speaking voice. I am often told just hearing my voice is relaxing. On this CD are jewels of stress management and a valuable guided 3 step meditation. Click here to learn more or to order this information

Jon Seskevich RN, BSN, BA, CHTP is a certified stress management instructor and healing touch practitioner. This popular speaker and winner of a Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina, Alumnus of the Year and Friends of Nursing awards, presents the science and art of healing: improving physical functioning and quality of life.

These insights come from a career of study, clinical practice and research in stress management. His hospital work has been assisting people to cope with major life changes. These include illness, loss and “waiting and not knowing.” This recording is shared from his heart in his well-loved, soothing, relaxing voice.  Read more

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.
More About Jon

Jon Seskevich: His colleagues see the impact he has on patients

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  

Feedback from a presentation...

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!

I loved him.

Feedback from a hospital consultation...
Hey Jon,

One of my Yoga students told me that she was blessed by a very gentle and compassionate RN at Duke during her unexpected and serious heart surgery. She said you came just at the right time to help her handle her fear over her upcoming surgery. She told the class about you and I excitedly said - I know him! Thanks for sharing your light.

Feedback from the Sleep CDs...
They The CD's have arrived. Thank you. The sleep CD works great. I haven't heard the end of it yet because I keep falling asleep!
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


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 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!
Now 2 for $5.00!


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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