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Mindfulness is a hit in Fulton County
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Nathan W. Gates will be discussing topics related to health, wellness and psychological well-being. Nathan is a licensed clinical professional counselor at Spoon River Counseling & ...

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Nathan W. Gates will be discussing topics related to health, wellness and psychological well-being. Nathan is a licensed clinical professional counselor at Spoon River Counseling & Wellness in Canton.  He also teaches, speaks, writes and, when time allows, fly fishes for any species that will chase a fly.  The fishing is often neglected, as he also has two young children with his wife, Emily.

 

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Well, it is too early to say that. But it was great that that we had 15 folks turn out for a three-week series on learning to practice mindfulness meditation. This class is conducted by yours truly, and is being graciously hosted by the Canton YWCA.  The response has been so good, that we’ll almost certainly do another one in the near future.

In addition, Spoon River Counseling & Wellness was invited by Liz Utzinger to do three 30-minute workshops on mindfulness for last Friday’s retreat for Students With Advocacy Training (SWAT), a large group of area high school students committed to helping their peers and their communities. There were about 20 kids in each group. What a fantastic group of young people they were, too. Teenagers so often get a bad rap, it was really great to work with a bunch of polite, respectful, curious and bright young people.

There are a number of benefits that one may derive from the practice of mindfulness, including increased health, psychological well-being and improved performance. It seems as though there are a number of local folks who agree.

The Daily Ledger also recently ran a column I wrote about mindfulness. You can see it here.

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