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Be Mindful. Kick Stress. Discover Happiness!

Are you constantly running in emergency mode trying to meet all of life’s demands? For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life but over time the mind and body will pay the price. There is a solution. It is called mindfulness!

"Mindfulness involves paying attention "on purpose".

Mindfulness involves a conscious direction of our awareness."

How often have you gotten into your car to go home and before you knew it you were already pulling into your drive-way? I sure have. Not once did I consciously think about the route. My mind was on other things such as: reviewing the events of my day, thinking of how to handle an upcoming situation, making plans to be with family, or just listening to the music and daydreaming.

"We sometimes (me included) talk about "mindfulness" and "awareness"

as if they were interchangeable terms, but that's not a good habit to get into."

I may be aware that I am driving, but that wouldn't mean I was being mindful of my driving. In order to be mindful I have to be purposefully aware of myself, not just vaguely and habitually aware. This is just my example to drive home (pun intended) the point of how important mindfulness can be in every aspect of our lives. Learning to be with whatever is present and paying attention moment to moment. Not only will this reduce stress it can enhance one's daily work-life balance. Have I peaked your interest?

According to longtime mental health professionals Hilda White, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst and Jemme B. Stewart, PMHCNS-BC, LPC, RYT, mindfulness allows us to begin to identify our common automatic stress reactions. "We will begin to know ourselves in new ways, and see those longstanding emotional and behavioral patterns that don't serve us well. With seeing the patterns in the present moment in which they unfold comes an opportunity to break the old pattern -- make a new, less stressful choice. This can be the beginning of a transformation from a life lived on autopilot and with little vitality to one in which a sense of connection to life, and the capacity to enter and dwell in deep states of relaxation, is possible."

Want to learn more? Come join stress-relief experts, Dr. Hilda White and Jemme Stewart of Upstream: A Center for Mindfulness Practice and Holistic Mental Health for their up-coming lively and engaging discussion of what living mindfully means and experience two mindful research-based practices during the course of the evening.

Hilda and Jemme will teach participants how to tap into present moment experience, which is what our lives are made of. When we learn to be with whatever is present, paying attention moment to moment, we will begin to see our patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Once these patterns have been identified, we can then choose to release those which are not serving us or others in a healthy fashion.

Enhance your Mental Health. Reduce your Stress. Practice Mindfulness

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 29, Bostick Auditorium, Main * Register Here

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