Free the Mind with post-screening Mindfulness Discussion Panel

by Stephanie Cook Monday, October 7th, 2013 12:45pm

You are cordially invited to a very special mindfulness event at The Music Box Theatre on October 10th 7:30PM. There will be an exclusive, one-off screening of mindfulness documentary Free the Mind and a mindfulness discussion panel afterwards.

The after-screening panel discussion will be led by moderator Patricia Normand, MD (Director, Mindful Life Program at Rush University Prevention Center).

Participants include:

  • Seoka Salstrom, Ph.D. (Co-founder of Chicago Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Center)
  • David Stone (Mindfulness Meditation Instructor at Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago, 5-Point Acupuncturist)
  • Blessie Selvig RN, BSN, CCM, CDC (Mindfulness Meditation Instructor at Shambhala Meditation Center of Chicago)
  • Marita McLaughlin, LCPC (Contemplative Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Instructor for Veterans with PTSD at Thresholds)

“My main interest is promoting ethics without touching religion. Ethics are universal values. We must find a way to promote the basic human values in a secular way without touching religion. In order to do this, the scientific findings are very, very convincing and Richard’s work is very helpful in this field. Sometimes I call him guru of science!” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Professor Richard J. Davidson, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, took the Dalai Lama’s advice to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness. Dr. Davidson, who was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2006, did just that, and the results of his studies at Wisconsin’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds are portrayed in the fascinating new documentary, Free the Mind.

Can Professor Richard Davidson make a difference? Can he free these people from their troubled existences and help them lead ordinary lives? Free the Mind follows three test subjects – one school-aged boy and two veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – on a daring journey into the deepest recesses of the human mind.


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