Hayes to speak at ECH

There’s thinking, and then there is meditating.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital will host an evening on the subject called, “If You Meditate, You Will Love Everything More,” on Monday, May 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the ECH boardroom, part of the ECH Wellness Lecture Series.

The evening will feature Austen Hayes, Ph.D., a clinical instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Hayes has written a pair of books, including “The Good Heart: 101 Ways to Live a Positively Long and Happy Life,” and “Good Weight: Using Your Mind To Change Your Weight.”

“Meditation may affect all aspects of a person's physical and emotional well-being. Physical effects, such as reduction of blood pressure, pain and stress may be accomplished along with psychological benefits including enhanced sense of well-being, increased self-awareness and concentration,” Bonnie Rata, chief nursing officer at ECH, said.

“Mental and physical health are more fully realized when positive characteristics are a prominent focus of a therapeutic process,” Hayes said in his online biography. “In keeping with this idea, material presented is meant to stimulate thinking and encourage the development of what’s best in you.”

For more information on the lecture at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital May 21, contact Jane Hooper, Community Relations Director, at 873-3003. For more on Austen Hayes, visit the website www.austenhayes.com.

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