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Mindfulness CIO

It's a perfect time of year to work on some self-care, mindfulness, and healthy living. Take a look at events happening in a library near you! 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Intro to Mindfulness Series
October 18, October 25, November 1, November 8, 6:00pm at Central Library, Bubbler Room

Mindfulness is more than just meditation. It is learning to live in the present, instead of rehashing the past or worrying about the future. It is popping out of autopilot and becoming aware of our thoughts. We have greater balance, control and fuller participation in life when we are in control of our thoughts. We learn to see our habitual behavior and to determine which habits no longer serve us. By training our brain we have access to a calm yet alert state of mind.

In this class, learn how mindfulness can help you increase your attention span and amplify your focus; become master of your thoughts; respond rather than react to challenging situations; increase your curiosity to improve your listening skills. Registration required.


YogaMindful Fitness with Venus Washington
October 20, October 27, November 3, 10:00am at Lakeview Library

Venus will provide guided mindfulness practice, cardio and strength exercises. Join us to destress and energize your mind and body.


Living Fully Mindfully
October 22, October 29, 1:30pm at Sequoya Library

Mindfulness is more than just meditation. It is learning to live in the present, instead of rehashing the past or worrying about the future. It is popping out of autopilot and becoming aware of our thoughts. We have greater balance, control and fuller participation in life when we are in control of our thoughts.

In this class, learn how mindfulness can help you increase your attention span and amplify your focus, become master of your thoughts, respond rather than react to challenging situations, and increase your curiosity to improve your listening skills. Registration required.


Mind Body Eating
October 22, 6:30pm at Alicia Ashman Library

Join scientist and mind-body eating coach Mary Hall as we explore the psychophysiology of how thoughts, feelings and beliefs can impact your nutritional metabolism and health. Simply put, what we eat is only a part of the story of good nutrition. Another piece of the puzzle is who we are as eaters. Together we will discover how factors such as stress physiology, the relaxation response, breathing, awareness, pleasure, meal timing and much more profoundly influence digestion and calorie burning. Registration required.


Caregiver Support Group with Guest Speaker, Joy Schmidt
October 22, 6:30pm at Alicia Ashman Library

Join other senior/dementia caregivers to learn about the causes of dementia and strategies and communication tips that will help you to help those affected by Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases. We will welcome Joy Schmidt, Dementia Care Specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center to join us to share her experience and a more compassionate way to support those who live with dementia. Registration required.


Self-Care
October 23, 6:30pm at Alicia Ashman Library

Courtesy of GrapeVine Health Education/ Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation, and presented by registered nurse Jean Skinner, this one hour session will teach participants about self-care. Self-care is a necessary and unselfish tool for maintaining good health and well-being. This unit will educate women on the steps they can take for balanced physical, mental, and spiritual health needs amidst everyday responsibilities. Registration requested, but not required.


The Care and Keeping of Prescription Drugs
October 24, 1:30pm at Alicia Ashman Library

The West Madison Senior Center and Alicia Ashman Library offer this free, open-to-the public seminar. Would you like to learn more about prescription medications? Then this is an event you won't want to miss! Cathy Kalina from Family Service Madison will share relevant information regarding pain medications and other important issues about medication safety. Do you take your medication as prescribed? Do you ever miss a dose? Do you lock your medications up? Join us to learn more! Free LockMed boxes for your prescriptions will be available to those who attend. Please register before 10/17 by calling 608-238-7368 x8, or register online.


Unshakeable Confidence: An Evening with Mare Chapman
October 24, 7:00pm at Central Library

Local author and mindfulness expert Mare Chapman will discuss the common cultural conditioning that adversely affects nearly all women - in body, mind and spirit - which leads to losing self in relationships, chronic self-doubt, anxiety, and depression. Based on years of study and validating science, she will describe how mindfulness is applied to transform these patterns to build a healthy, empowering relationship with authentic self. This vital information is so needed for women, especially at this time. Mare's book, Unshakeable Confidence, will be available for sale and signing. A brief, guided 'Drop In' practice will be included. This is a free event. No age limit, no audience size limit - the more the better! Men are totally welcome!​


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Photo credit: Duke Virginia Photography

October 10, 2018