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Sheila Garrick
Sheila Garrick is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator and Co-Founder of the Southern Mindfulness Institute, whose vision is a world generous with compassion and acceptance. She is Co-Founder and board member of Compassionate Carolina and actively involved in Compassionate Greenville. Sheila experienced a “growth year” and complete inhalation of identity losing her job, her father, her marriage and her home in an eight month period of time in 2012. She is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach specializing in transitions and difficult emotions; anger, grief, and loss. She currently teaches mindfulness based Dynamic Aging at OLLI at Furman University, mindful movement and meditation classes to incarcerated youth and coaches groups and individuals. She is a member of the 2016-18 cohort of the Living School. In her spare time she can be found on the Foothills Trail.

Mindfulness: What happens to your brain when you meditate?
We can actually change the structure and function of our brains for the better using mindfulness practices. Find out how and why mindful meditation creates new pathways in the brain that result in more happiness, compassion and resiliency and peace. In this lively interaction Dr. Barbara Burggraaff and Sheila Garrick share their passion for mindfulness, happiness, neuroscience and their wish for a healthier more compassionate world. “We live in a largely skeptical, fear based, us vs. them society. As we understand the science of how the brain works, how we got here, we can learn to open our minds and our hearts to one another. We are not nearly as civilized as we like to think. Mindful awareness, presence, compassion, self-compassion; these are skills. Through honing these skills and connection we move forward better able to thrive.” –Sheila Garrick

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