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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Meditation found to reduce stress, anxiety in seniors

For an hour, the group sat in a circle, quiet and still. Not a yawn. Not a nose scratch. Not a twitch. The seniors were all in a state of meditation: practicing mindfulness and being in the now. The new air conditioner rumbled. Something fell against the wall of the thrift shop next door. Yet nobody opened an eye. They just sat and breathed while they listened to a CD by a well-known meditation instructor. Today’s focus was concentrating even with noise and distractions.

Religion Notebook: Shopping will aid a cause

Spokane Shalom Ministries, 518 W. Third Ave., will present Shop for a Cause on Saturday. Shoppers can buy a discount pass for $5 that will give them a 25 percent discount at Macy’s all day. Shalom will receive 100 percent of the pass price to support its Dining With Dignity program, which serves breakfast Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and dinner Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Buddhist meditation group to meet

A Buddhist meditation group will meet on the first Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Meditation Room, 35 W. Main Ave. The concentration meditation practice, part of the Theraveda tradition, may appeal to a broad spectrum of Buddhist meditation practitioners and followers of other spiritual traditions.

Area churches plan services to give thanks

Thanksgiving is just a week away, and area churches are planning special services and dinners for those in need. • St. Aloysius Parish, Gonzaga University and Sodexho Dining Services will present the eighth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner next Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. in Cataldo Hall, 502 E. Boone Ave.

Reid garden intended to keep memory of EWU lab school alive

The memory of the lab school on the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney will live on in a new garden. The Robert Reid Elementary Lab School didn’t only teach its students from kindergarten through the sixth grade – it also taught college students who hoped to become teachers. It boasted two towers in which education students from EWU and parents could observe the children in the classroom without interrupting their learning. Construction of the school began in 1958 and the school was open until June 2009.

Pointing the way to peace of mind

The ancient practice of meditation has a lot to offer your mental, physical and spiritual health. But if you think that it’s instantly going to “chill you out,” think again. While this may be a residual side effect at some point, surprisingly, it’s not the end-goal, says Spokane Valley resident and meditation teacher Dori Langevin.

Pathways to peace

You’ve probably seen them in your travels. Perhaps you’ve mistaken them for an alien ship’s landing pad and you ran for the hills or you’ve simply wondered about the curious, almost familiar, design. They could be found in backyards, in gardens, randomly placed in wide open places or hidden in the woods. These winding arrangements, called labyrinths, are not intended to merely arouse curiosity. Their purpose is to provide a place for peace and contemplation.