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Ashley Valdez, Staff Writer

Oct. 21, 2013

LCU counselor shares with others

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Green Law Church of Christ is the site for "Mindfulness" two times per week.

Fall Break has just concluded on the Lubbock Christian University campus and, hopefully, everyone took a little time to relax. Everyone knows the flip side to Fall Break though - midterms. Yikes! Stress and anxiety can easily get in the way of school, work, and everything else. That's why, since last semester, James Henson (Counselor/Campus Mentor) of the LCU counseling center, has been holding "Mindfulness" classes every Monday and Thursday, just across the street at the Green Lawn Church of Christ.

This meditation/relaxation class is for anyone feeling overwhelmed in life for whatever reason. "Mindfulness" is especially useful with things like anxiety and stress but can also be applied to a wide range of issues as well. An anonymous LCU alumnus, in describing the experience, said "the class has helped me to take time to be in the moment and just calm myself down."

The man who orchestrated this whole thing, Mr. Henson, says the class is all about "acceptance without judgment from yourself or anyone else." The class helps you focus on the here and now rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. This also helps you come to terms with issues you may have and start the healing process.

Henson started this class because "Mindfulness" has helped him in his own personal life experiences and issues. He says it took him about six years to master this art and he loves being able to share it with other people. This writer took part in the exercise and found it very relaxing to say the least. In the fast paced, hustle and bustle world that most of us live in we rarely get a chance to just stop for a moment and breathe. Personally, that's what was the most enjoyable thing about this exercise ... just being able to stop for a moment in time and focus on absolutely nothing except breathing in and breathing out.

If you wold like to attend one of these classes (and this writer highly recommends you do) they meet every Monday and Thursday from 12 noon to about 12:45pm "ish." Nothing is set in stone, of course, and regular attendance is not mandatory. You are welcome to come once or twice or as often as you'd like.  If you have any questions, you can contact James Henson at 806-543-3522 or send him an email at

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