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Who Can Benefit
People participate for a variety of reasons. You may wish to enroll in the Mindfulness Stress Reduction Program if you can identify with any of the following statements.

• You feel the pace of life seems too rushed and out of control.
• You often feel like stress is controlling you and your life, rather than you controlling it.
• You seem to be living life on “automatic pilot,” overly concerned with “getting things done,” but not feeling much meaning or joy in life.
• You feel you are constantly trying to handle too much responsibility and too much pressure.
• You worry excessively about the past and future -- making it difficult to focus on the present.
• You lack energy to effectively handle current situations.
• You have a desire for continual personal growth and/or a better sense of balance in your life.
• You wish to gain greater understanding of the interconnection between the mind, emotions and body.
• You are not giving yourself time to focus on your own needs.

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• You are dealing with issues related to loss: such as bereavement, divorce, or employment.
• You have concerns related to children, family, marital, or “significant other” relationships
• You are interested in learning preventative measures to avoid or reduce illness and/or stress for yourself or a loved one.
• You or someone close to you has a medical diagnosis that requires lifestyle changes in order to improve health conditions and/or compliment medical treatment. This may include, but is not limited to:
Arthritis, Anxiety, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue, Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Headaches,
GI Distress, Sleep Disturbances, Depression, Fertility Issues, Menopause, Interstitial Cystitis,
Fibromyalgia, Weakened Immune System, and Chronic Pain.
• You wish to learn real life techniques to activate your own stress-relieving skills and manage or eliminate the negative effects of habitual stress.
• You see value in improving your mental, emotional and physical resiliency.
• You have wondered from time to time, if your frame of mind influences the quality of your life and work.
• You are interested in teaching your children/teens, effective, yet easy and practical coping skills to help them with life challenges and stress….additional skills that you can pass on to them…that they can utilize themselves for the rest of their lives.
• You are concerned with any other stress-related issues not mentioned above.
• Note: Many health care professionals have utilized the group as a resource, to develop new skills that promote and maintain their own health and well-being, as they continue working with the increasing demands in the health care arena.

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST AND CURRENT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Written evaluations are given to group participants at the end of the eight-week program. There are also random follow-up telephone calls to check-in with previous participants. Informal verbal follow-ups are also conducted with program graduates who attend the Saturday retreats. Here are some of the comments received:

“I feel more control over my illness rather than feeling like my illness is controlling me.” - Lisa J., age 38, Registered Nurse and Artist

“ This group has changed my life! What a difference adding meditation to my daily routine has made in reducing my stress. I have to admit I was skeptical, but gave it a try anyway….and am glad I did! Meditation like this is not what I would call “New Age.” My work colleagues continue to comment on how less stressed I seem.” Look out…. You may be getting more group members and will need a larger room!” -Tom M. age 56, Financial Advisor

“ Cindy Foster was truly receptive to my feelings, concerns and ideas by creating a calming, soothing and non-judgmental atmosphere.” - Brenda A., age 43, X-Ray Technician

“ I’m truly living more in the present moment, rather than living in the past or worrying about the future.” -Dean T., age 47, Medical Doctor

“ The most beneficial for me was the body scan. It has taught me how much tension I have retained in my body and how to release it.” -Brenda A., age 43, X-Ray Technician

“The meditation exercises, guided imagery and breathing exercises were all very helpful in relieving my physical and emotional pain. Being more mindful in interactions with others, especially with my children has added more meaning to my life. It has been almost two years since I took the stress reduction course and I am still benefiting from the experience. Thank You.” -Sara A. P., age 26, Homemaker, Proud Mother and Student

“I liked the small number of people in the group. The group content and exercises were very meaningful to me. I wish to start a similar program for employees within my own company, if Cindy will help.” -Chris M., Business Owner

“I have a better understanding of my thought process and how it can aid in my health or how it can aid in my stress and grief.” -Pat W., anonymous participant

“I am reminding myself more that my health is more important than the daily stressors. I feel more clear on the next step in my journey than I was before. I feel more confident in risk taking that would be beneficial to me overall than before.” -Patsy B., Social Worker

“I never realized I was capable of relieving my emotional and physical worries and discomfort! I am now beginning to really understand the connection between my emotions, my mind and my body. – And the power I have had within myself all along. I continue to share what I have learned with my students! -Marsha Z., age 45, Middle School Teacher

“ I feel more at peace with change.” “This program was well worth the money – a real treasure” Thank You. -Bruce L. B., age 42, Advertising Executive

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