The first of four 2019 Enmarket health education events, scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, will feature a free lunchtime lecture on the benefits of meditation for stress relief. The lecture will be presented at the Charles H. Morris Center, 10 East Broad St.
The session will be presented by longtime meditation instructor Cleveland Beach who has been leading such classes for more than 25 years.
Beach will share the four basic elements of meditation practice developed by Harvard Professor Herbert Benson along with ideas from Jon Kabat-Zinn, with the Mindfulness in Stress Reduction Program and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
“During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress,” said Beach. “This process can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.”
Beach, who has been lay ordained in Japanese Soto Zen Buddhism, attended seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has been educated and trained in addiction counseling and has worked as a group facilitator, program manager and clinical supervisor. Beach is currently a first-year novice in the Third Order Society of St. Francis, an Episcopalian Religious Order.
He developed a private practice in Durham, North Carolina, teaching stress management and meditation to individuals and groups before relocating with his family to Savannah where he has facilitated numerous workshops, presentations and training on stress management, relaxation and meditation.
Doors will open for the April 30 event at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 11:45 a.m. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required as a healthy lunch will be provided and seating is limited. To RSVP, visit www.healthysavannah.org.
During the event, the Enmarket Encourage Health Series will also recognize the nonprofit Park Place Outreach- Youth Emergency Shelter that supports runaway, homeless, and at-risk young people, ages 11-21, through residential and after-school programs. During the month of April, representatives of Enmarket and Healthy Savannah will volunteer at the shelter and present the organization with a $1,000 Encourage Health grant.
This marks the sixth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, the City of Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and WRHQ.
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