The following is a republished press release from the Tompkins County Public Library and NOT written by the Ithaca Voice … click here to submit community announcements directly to The Voice, or contact me at msmith@ithacavoice.com.

ITHACA, NY—Tompkins County Public Library will host free mindfulness meditation sessions each Wednesday in August from noon to 12:35 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-West.

Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of “automatic pilot” mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, and emotions.

Mindfulness practice has been touted as a means for reducing stress, improving attention, boosting the immune system, reducing emotional reactivity and promoting a general sense of health and well-being.

Salamone received extensive training from The Center for Mindfulness, Healthcare, and Society founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been leading classes in Ithaca since 2007.

(Featured photo by Moyan Brenn on Flickr)

Michael Smith

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