Pinnacle - Jupiter Medical Center

Fall 2018

Pinnacle is the official magazine of Jupiter Medical Center which provides world class health care in Palm Beach County

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30 | PINNACLE | | PINNACLE | PULSE MIND-BODY By Andrea Bosco Stehle Managing Stress with Mindlness Part of handling life's tough moments lies within ourselves. Learn how to shift your perspective—and breathe easier—through an innovative program at Jupiter Medical Center. These days, feeling stressed is routine. From tackling busy schedules filled with family com- mitments to juggling careers and other responsibilities, it's easy to become overwhelmed. We are constantly looking for ways to find mental clarity amid the chaos. Enter Jupiter Medical Center's Calcagnini Center for Mindful- ness. Opened last spring, the 2,600-square-foot space overlook- ing the Jacqueline Fiske Healing Garden was specifically designed to teach people to be more mindful, to cope with symptoms of stress, and to manage the tensions of everyday life. Mindfulness practices are about developing a certain per- spective, says Dr. Mark Gocke, an Ayurvedic practitioner and medical director of the Calcagnini Center: "Through specific techniques, we can learn to see differently, to understand more completely, and to feel more genuinely about things as they arise in our life." The center offers a Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), where patients learn various techniques to achieve mindfulness through an eight- week program created in 1979 by scientist and meditation professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. "Research has been done to prove that MBSR helps with all domains of our lives," says Sheila Griffin, an MBSR in- structor at the center. Through the program, patients are exposed to everything from guided meditation to gentle yoga to mindful eat- ing and communication and have access to a variety of classes and workshops centered on the prac- tice of mindfulness to eliminate stress. "The community has been really receptive to the integrative lectures, the mindfulness move- ment, and classes like drumming, where we learn about the healing power of music," she adds. Griffin, who often enjoys lunch in the Calcagnini Center's peaceful bamboo healing garden, continues: "Mindfulness means paying atten- tion to the actual experience. It's about taking a pause and noting what is really happening rather than getting stuck in a habitual pattern. It's about looking at everything with fresh eyes in all of your com- munications and relationships and bringing some newness. It's im- portant to become aware of each passing moment and to accept what's happening, pleasant or un- pleasant. We have to let go of the tendency that we all have to want things to be different than they are right now and just allow ourselves to be as we are." Gocke speaks about one par- ticular part of the program where patients are introduced to Qigong, a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training. "These practices have been demonstrated to change brain chemistry," he says. "These changes in brain chemistry cor- respond to changes in our reac- tion to the world around us, our behavior, and how we feel. We can change the way we respond to stress, and by doing so, we reduce the burden of stress in our lives." At the conclusion of the pro- gram, MBSR alumni are welcomed back to the center the third Mon- day of each month to continue their practice. Those alumni— including generous donors Nancy and Arthur Calcagnini, without whom the program would not be possible—walk away feeling more present in their fast-paced lives. Explains Griffin: "You learn how to face everyday activities and expe- rience them honestly and respond in a new way that's more helpful to your life and the lives of people around you." Ç For more information, please call 561.220.3699.

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