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Look what’s happening this week: Meditation and Freedom Summer Speaker

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
Tuesday January 16th @ 7pm
Mindfulness is the art of being a compassionate observer of our own experience. Mindfulness meditation can help us reduce stress & be more compassionate towards ourselves and others. It helps us step back and press a pause button to take in the present moment experience.
In our workshops for teens we will learn:
1) Mindfulness Meditation – Mindfulness Meditation is a powerful way to train ourselves to be mindful. We will learn how the brain changes with Mindfulness as we engage in different meditative practices. These practices involve intentionally and gently directing our attention to different anchors e.g. the breath, the body as a whole, emotions, physical sensations, thoughts, and activities such as eating and walking.
2) Loving Kindness Practice – Loving-kindness meditation (sometimes called “metta” meditation) is a great way to cultivate our propensity for kindness. It involves mentally sending goodwill, kindness, and warmth towards others by silently repeating a series of mantras.
Presented by Shilpi Mahajan, founder of Fablefy, a startup focused on bringing bite-sized Mindfulness resources to the community. She is passionate about the power of Meditation to bring positive changes to the brain and to your life.



Mississippi Freedom Summer: Race, Religion & Resistance 
Thursday January 18th @ 7pm
In the summer of 1964, Brooks Smith, a North Plainfield resident and retired Presbyterian minister, volunteered in Mississippi with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He will discuss his experiences and the importance the event played in civil rights history.

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