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Whether alone or with others, the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of year. With family gatherings, busy schedules, entertaining and the pressure of expectations, we can find ourselves struggling to find any real enjoyment.

The Franciscan Spirituality Center will offer a one-day workshop to explore ways to keep our compassion alive for ourselves and for the many others around us, through this hectic time and year-round.

“Surviving (and Even Thriving Through) the Holidays" will be presented by Wade Britzius from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the FSC, 920 Market St.

Topics will include how to:

  • Connect with self-compassion to your own real needs.
  • Practice listening to others, so you can hear what’s in their hearts instead of the thought-based images that often create distance and separation.
  • Free yourself to experience differences without demanding that people change.
  • Develop awareness and skills to translate your self-connection into concrete doable requests that can meet your needs, while respecting those of others.

Cost is $45, which includes lunch. To register, call 608-791-5295 or visit www.FSCenter.org. Registration deadline is Nov. 17.

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Redwall

It seemsthe Catholic Sisters are more concerned about promoting "thought based images" than religion.

Could it be holiday stress is related to loss of religion and the true meaning of Christmas?

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