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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Classes Kick Off in January

Orientation sessions to consider attending either of three eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs will be held at 8:30 a.m. on January 7, 6:30 p.m. on January 13 and 1:30 p.m. on January 14 at CenterPoint Counseling in Indianapolis.

The next round of courses will be on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. starting February 3, Thursdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m on February 4 and Fridays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on January 29.  An all-day silent retreat will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 12.

Many of us relive unfavorable situations, are embarrassed about something previously done, are angry about something done to them and grieve something lost. Anxieties also exist from composing to-do lists, worrying about things, envisioning what life should be like and anticipating events. MBSR teaches participants ways to live in the present and fully enjoy life as it happens.

Scott Sweet, LCSW, LCAC, utilizes the training he received at the Center for Mindfulness for attendees to gain increased awareness of their own habits and learn to use the wisdom of their own body and mind to handle stressful situations through gentle stretching and yoga, readings, mindfulness meditation practices and group dialogue.

Benefits of MBSR include cultivating inner calm, maintaining perspective, bringing awareness to habits, creating a sense of spaciousness, lowering blood pressure and basal metabolic rate, noticing negative thoughts and their effects on stress, building up emotional and mental reserves for stressful times, and living in the present moment.

Fee: $350. Location: Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 North Meridian St., Rm. 356, Indianapolis. For more information or to register, call 317-252-5518, email [email protected] or visit

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