Apr 01, 2011
Commit to Sit - A Solution for Stress Relief, Better Sleep
Event Description

There’s been a saying that has been bantered about for several years.  “Rather than being part of the problem, be part of the solution.”  Shirley Gillotti, RN, MS, has taken that to heart and done just that. 


After a 25-year career in nursing and teaching classes, she saw how traditional medicine and surgery did not make for a complete health picture.  She also observed that with technology and the faltering job market over the past 10 years, individuals were taking on more and more, making their lives busier and busier, rarely leaving “down” time.  The upshot of this is stress, disease and sleep problems.


In addition, ADD (attention deficit disorder) appears to be becoming more prevalent in today’s society in children and adults.  It has been shown to lessen with a regular practice of meditation.  The same is true for those with the risk of acute heart attack, which also is often related to anxiety and stress.


Observing these problems and wanting to be part of the solution, Gillotti was inspired to create her newest project “Commit to Sit”, a 30 day program where she invites her students to sit in meditation each day for 1 minute or 1 hour…whatever their particular abilities may be.  The intention of this program, which begins April 1, 2011, is to inspire each student to take the challenge with Gillotti and find out for themselves the benefits of committing to 30 days of meditation practice and keeping it going.  The participants can choose whatever time of day or wherever they will perform their meditation home, in their office or a park bench.  They will not, however, be alone in their commitment as Gillotti will be offering not only daily support in the form of access to a private daily two-way BLOG to receive inspiration and instructions along with a weekly theme to enhance sitting experience and knowledge, but also her ‘Guided Sitting Meditation’ CD.  Gillotti came by the phrase, “Commit to Sit” while reading a favorite magazine, Tricycle, who coined the phrase. 


Bringing stress management and relaxation, coupled with meditation and forgiveness, to mainstream health settings has been a longtime and successful project of Gillotti’s.  After receiving  extensive training with Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, a renowned teacher of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, and Fred Luskin PhD, of the Forgiveness Project at Stanford Medical Center, she is now a leading pioneer in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. As a Health Educator at Kaiser Permanente since 1993, she has been teaching classes in Mind/Body Medicine, Mindfulness Meditation, Forgiveness, Depression and Anxiety.


In 2009, she opened the Center for Inner Health and Stillness in Santa Rosa.  Here she continues her work to foster peacefulness and calm, whether in classes or individual healing. The Center specializes in the meditative healing arts and inner health modalities, such as Meditation, Qigong, Homeopathy and Biodynamic Cranial Touch. 


After decades of helping others in the alternative and allopathic settings, with both physical and emotional imbalances, in 1999 Shirley studied Classical Homeopathy which became the vehicle for her to put all the pieces together.  “It allows me to bring a depth of presence and understanding of the whole person”, states Gillotti.   “This approach specifically restores us to the natural state of health, by inspiring the Vital Force with a well selected homeopathic remedy.  The emphasis (is) being on healing the person with the symptom, not superficially treating one symptom after another.  True health emerges from within. “


In an article February 2010, Dana Ullman of The Huffington Post states, “Numerous surveys over the past 150 plus years have confirmed that people who seek homeopathic treatment tend to be considerably more educated than those who don't. What is not as well known is the fact that homeopathic medicine is the leading "alternative" treatment used by physicians in Europe...and growing numbers of the citizenry.”


Gillotti describes her meditation students as “regular folks who come for various reasons. Many beginners are referred by their doctors and attend purely for health reasons — to lower their blood pressure, minimize migraine headaches and lower blood sugar for a diabetic condition. Others want to learn to meditate, she said, in order to slow down the mind chatter. They want to find a way to feel less stress in their lives, be less anxious, quiet their minds so that they can sleep better at night and live more in the present moment.  No matter what concerns we bring to the meditation seat, if we have sincerity and dedication, we begin to hear the voice of our true Self that has been there all along as a stable and guiding presence.” 





For more information on Shirley Gillotti and/or “Commit to Sit”, please call Shirley Gillotti at 707-829-5676, email or go to

Fee: $2.00

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Phone: 707-829-5676




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