Friends of the Palisades Library Launch “Mindful Mondays”

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Silvi Winthrop

The Pacific Palisades Library Association will launch of a complimentary weekly program, “Mindful Mondays,” facilitated by Silvi Winthrop at 10:30 a.m. on January 23 in the Palisades Library Community Room, 851 Alma Real.

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, with out being overly reactive.

Whenever a person brings awareness to what one is directly experiencing, or to one’s state of mind via thoughts and emotions, one is being mindful.

There is growing research showing that when one trains a brain to be mindful, one actually remodels the physical structure of your brain.

Research supported by the National Institutes of Health has found a link between mindfulness and measurable changes in the brain regions involved in memory, learning and emotion.

Another NIH-funded project reported that mindfulness practices can help reduce anxiety, stress and depression and lead to better relationships as well as improvements in self-esteem.

“We are excited to partner with Silvi Winthrop to bring these valuable and enriching sessions to the library,” said Laura Schneider, president of the Pacific Palisades Library Association. “Silvi has a special gift for making meditation accessible and fun whether you’ve tried mindfulness and mediation before or not.”

Winthrop is a certified Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor who has been helping her clients alleviate stress, depression and anxiety since 2014. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and her focus is guiding everyone she meets to lives of joy and purpose.

“Mindful Mondays” is open to the public at no charge, but participants must RSVP in advance to silviwinthropcounseling@gmail.com.

The sessions will be offered every Monday at 10:30 a.m. Those not available to attend on January 23 are welcome to RSVP for sessions on future Mondays. Participants are welcome to bring a cushion to class if they wish to sit on the floor or use the cushions provided. Otherwise, regular seating will be provided. For ADA accommodations, please call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to each session.

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