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Learn More About Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Orientation classes are being held this month for those interested in learning more about the upcoming Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) starting in February through CenterPoint Counseling. These exploratory sessions take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., January 18; 8:30 to 10 a.m., January 19; 1:30 to 3 p.m., January 20; and 8:30 to 10 a.m., January 26, at the Second Presbyterian Church, in Indianapolis.

The course runs from February to March consisting of eight weekly classes and a one-day silent retreat on March 11. Students are provided with readings and other materials, guided instruction, gentle stretching and mindful movement, and communication exercises to enhance awareness.

Mindfulness is the capacity to deliberately pay attention to the present moment without any judgments. It can lead to deep levels of relaxation, calmness, and inner balance as well as a greater sense of control and the ability to more effectively cope with stressful situations. Mindfulness also helps us respond creatively to pressures and demands rather than blindly reacting out of habit.

MBSR was established by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., and assisted by Saki Santorelli, Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. They founded the Center for Mindfulness where more than 23,000 people have learned how to use innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain and illness.

Location: 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. For more information, call 317- 252-5518 or visit

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