NAMI Piscataquis County to present mindfulness program April 4

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — NAMI Piscataquis County is happy to announce the presentation of “Mindfulness: Being Present for Your Life” at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4 at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church. Elaine Ecker from NAMI Maine in Augusta is the manager of The Peer Recovery Center in Waterville and co-author of “Inspiring Minds,” a skills-based, peer education course.

Ecker will lead participants through the process of using mindfulness to improve many aspects of their lives. The program is free and open to all community members of any age wanting to learn about this topic and skill.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. molecular biologist, professor emeritus of medicine, and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, uses mindfulness to help patients. “Mindfulness is a way to live your life as if it really mattered, and that involves being in the present moment with open-hearted presence and kindness towards yourself,” Kabat-Zinn has explained. When you practice mindfulness, you pay attention to what’s happening right now, moment-to-moment, while examining, without judgement, your feelings, senses, emotions, and environment.

Extensive research has shown that the practice of mindfulness leads to positive results for those looking to improve mental and physical health. Many mental health practitioners embrace the practice in their patients’ treatment programs for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Using mindfulness, people can learn to accept their experiences and painful emotions.

Some physicians encourage the use of mindfulness by their patients with heart disease or cancer because with the practice, blood pressure lowers, chronic pain is reduced, and sleep improves. Also, stress is relieved and gastrointestinal difficulties are alleviated.

On April 4 Ecker will show attendees how to use mindfulness to change habits and behaviors, relieve stress on-the-spot, deal with past experiences, and improve relationships using this powerful technique.

If you would like to attend this presentation, please register by April 2 by calling 924-7903 or email indicating your name and phone number. The “Senior Support Group for Those Experiencing Anxiety and Depression” will immediately follow the mindfulness program.

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