Is stress affecting your life? Are you renting space in your brain to someone or something that causes you pain? Do you wish you could take control of your life again?
For the past 10 years, Gail J. Stearns, director of the Common Ministry at WSU, has been researching and practicing mindfulness and spiritual centering as stress relief techniques for daily life.
 “In my own life, putting into practice research on waking up and becoming aware of the present is the most authentic way I have found to deal with grief and stress. We already have the capacity built into us as humans to experience peace – we just haven’t been taught how to access it,” Stearns said.
Stearns will lead two stress relief workshops teaching techniques for finding sanity and peace in the midst of stress. Drawing on mindfulness, stress-relief and spiritual sources, attendees will learn how to actively participate in the present moment and find calm.
The same workshop will be offered noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Smith CUE 512, and 5:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Smith CUE 518. Both sessions are free for community members as well as WSU employees, and registration is not required.
The workshops are sponsored by the Common Ministry at WSU along with Health and Wellness Services and Counseling and Testing Services. For more information, contact Gail Stearns at 332-2611 or