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Mindful Self-Compassion Course

An eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion course is being offered by the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., June 23 to August 11. The class meets once a week at Mayo Meditation Space, UMN East Bank, for 2.5 hours (3 for the first and last sessions) and comes together for a day-long Saturday or Sunday retreat.

Since 2004, the Center for Spirituality & Healing has been offering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is about taking control of our lives, being aware of influences that affect our health and well-being, finding peace of mind and returning to balance within the throes of an oftentimes chaotic world. Developed by renowned practitioner and author Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR will teach participants to consciously and methodically deal with stress, pain, illness and the demanding challenges of everyday life.

Research is proving that people can learn to use their innate resources to help with a variety of symptoms, including coping more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations, increasing the ability to relax and rejuvenate, decreasing physical and psychological symptoms from illness, and reducing pain levels with an enhanced ability to cope and deal with chronic pain.

Participants will learn skills in mindfulness meditation and how to build upon personal strengths in order to respond more effectively to health challenges and offset the adverse effects of stress. MBSR will help participants cope and live more fully with a wide variety of challenges, to be present to all of life, including its joys.

Cost: $450 (see website for list of everything included). Location: 420 Delaware St. S.E.,

Minneapolis. For more information, visit

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