‘Mindfulness’ can help parents stay grounded in this busy world

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WEST HARTFORD - Distraction is a constant presence in our busy lives.

"I have three young boys. I was working, running the household and I was really looking for something to help with the stress," says Deidre Galbo of West Hartford, who often felt like she was on "auto-pilot."

"I knew that physically, I was being depleted and really worn down."  She discovered a concept that's become a buzz word in our culture: mindfulness.

A Connecticut institute asserts mindfulness is a way of life that can help anyone — including moms and dads — become more grounded.  "Mindfulness has certainly exploded in our popular awareness," says Dr. Brandon Nappi, founder and executive director of the Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, opened two years ago.

"We might look at this as the golden era of mindfulness, particularly because of the velocity and pace of our life. We are over-programmed and being bombarded with information."

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