Free, call-in meditation service program offered through library

Jefferson County Public Library wants to help residents live healthier lifestyles

Posted 7/22/19

Every Wednesday morning, Littleton resident Steve Cohen looks forward to calling the Jefferson County Public Library. He's not calling to look for a book, find a movie, or other services libraries …

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Free, call-in meditation service program offered through library

Jefferson County Public Library wants to help residents live healthier lifestyles

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Every Wednesday morning, Littleton resident Steve Cohen looks forward to calling the Jefferson County Public Library. He's not calling to look for a book, find a movie, or other services libraries offer. Instead, he's calling to participate in a tool that the library hopes will help people cope with stress and live healthier lifestyles.

Jefferson County Public Library is offering a free, guided meditation call-in program once a week. When people call in, a clinical psychologist from Jefferson Center for Mental Health guides listeners through meditation and talks about how to use it for dealing with sleep, chronic pain and anxiety relief, creativity, compassion and other intents.

“Offering (meditation sessions) as a call-in program allows a convenient option for attendance as well as the comfort of anonymity,” said Cecilia LaFrance in a statement. LaFrance is a public services coordinator for Jefferson County Public Library.

Cohen says he has been trying to learn mediation for years, and the library's service is helping him do that. He uses lessons he's learned from the call-in program by remembering to pause and be in the moment in times of stress.

“As long as you can call in and as long as the program is professional, as it is, it's really worthwhile,” said Cohen.

The program is part of a partnership with Jefferson Center for Mental Health. Sessions are held at 10 a.m. every Wednesday, and people can participate by calling 303-502-5189.

“(The program) has grown beyond the library audience to folks in Jeffco who need that brake to get some peace and calm. We can get busy in our days and in our heads, and meditation is such a great way to calm your mind and refocus,” said Stephanie Schieman, director of marketing and community relations for Jefferson Center for Mental Health.

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