Mindfulness and Skills for Living With Intention and Awareness

Hopewell Borough Train Station

As we ease out of winter into springtime, the Hopewell Public Library presents a focus on health, wellness, and renewal with local speaker Michele Naphen’s discussion on mindfulness on Wednesday March 6 at 7pm at the Hopewell Train Station.

Mindfulness is the practice of pausing, slowing down, and observing our internal experience – thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, action urges, and our external experience. It opens a connection to what is going on around us in the present moment.

In this session participants will experience at least three ways to integrate mindfulness into your daily lives, with a special emphasis on mindful (vs. mindless ) eating. You will also receive information on reading material and other mindfulness resources.

Our culture values multitasking and speed, yet we often feel overwhelmed, tense, and exhausted when we constantly do several things at once. We may sometimes feel as if we are on automatic pilot, disconnected from our bodies, minds, and emotions. When we practice every day activities mindfully, such as breathing, moving, and eating, we feel more connected with ourselves and our world, more focused, satisfied, and accomplished.

Hopewell resident Michele Naphen, MSW, LCSW, has studied and practiced mindfulness since 1987. She teaches mindfulness skills privately, and in the Adult and Women’s Trauma Intensive Outpatient Programs for Princeton House Behavioral Health in Hamilton. Naphen has participated in trainings and retreats with leading mindfulness teachers, including John Welwood, Ph.D, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy trainers.

The Hopewell Public Library’s Wednesday Night Out talk series is held on the first Wednesday of each month. All talks are free and open to the public. Due to the size limitations of the library building these talks are often held at the Hopewell Train Station at 2 Railroad Place in Hopewell Borough. For more information, check www.redlibrary.org or Facebook, or call 609-466-1625.

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