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LIVING with Chronic Conditions: Embracing the Joy and Sorrow
Do you live with chronic pain or illness? Do you feel alone or isolated due to your struggles with pain and illness? Do you feel like your friends and family have a hard time understanding your experience? If so, the LIVING group may be just what you need! LIVING is a monthly support group for adults living with chronic pain and other chronic illnesses and conditions. What makes this group unique is the focus on LIVING instead of symptom management. Chronic conditions take an extraordinary amount of energy to manage, energy we might not always have. When most of our time and energy are spent coping with symptoms, it can be easy for the things that are important to us to fall by the wayside. This group makes space for the entire experience of living with chronicity and helps you embrace not only the joyful moments, but also the sorrowful moments, and helps you reclaim things you may have lost along the way. Things like: hobbies and activities, friendships and other relationships, physical movement and exercise, healthy eating, laughter and play and so much more! Join Heather Brown at the Center for Mindful Use on the third Tuesday of every month from 5:55 PM to 7:00 PM to support, encourage and uplift each other as we navigate the jungle we call chronic pain and illness. Suggested donation of $5-$20 is much appreciated, however, ALL are welcome, regardless of ability to pay. Drop-ins welcome. Doors will be locked shortly after the event begins to minimize disturbance. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. About the Teacher Heather Brown, MA, LMHC, is a licensed psychotherapist, life coach, and owner of Green Light Counseling, a private practice in Bellingham. She has been counseling adults and teens in Washington State since 2007. For more information about Heather and Green Light Counseling: Web: https://greenlightcounseling.net/living-support-group.php, Email: [masked] Phone: (360)[masked]. ______ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly”, that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note, however, that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

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100 Maple Street, Suite B · Bellingham, WA

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Cannabis is now legal and available in a growing number of areas. It is not for everyone. But if you choose to use it — or are considering doing so — the Center for Mindful Use (http://www.whatcomtalk.com/2017/09/07/bellinghams-center-for-mindful-use/) (CMU) provides a safe, free and fun place to talk with and learn with others about how to do so mindfully.

For the last century, forced into the shadows, a great deal has been said and written about "marijuana." As a plant used by humans for millennia, there is much more to share. Cannabis is ready for new spokespeople and the nonprofit CMU is a place for those speakers to say what they need to say.

Topics for discussion include the social, medical, spiritual, cultural, recreational, legal and historical foundations of cannabis and the "best practices" for its reintroduction into modern society.

Unless otherwise noted, gatherings take place in the Forum de Freedom, located at 100 Maple Street, Suite B, Bellingham, Washington. (The Forum is located behind the Satori Cannabis Boutique, about a block northwest from the Bellingham Farmer's Market. Please note that CMU and Satori are separate; you cannot gain entrance to CMU’s events through Satori. Please enter at CMU’s separate side entrance -- just Over the Rainbow Bridge -- located on Cornwall Avenue.) All events are free unless otherwise indicated, though love donations for our teachers and mission are gratefully accepted. More information can also be found on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/centerformindfuluse/).

Some CMU programs may be recorded for live Internet streaming and/or archived for later playback. During such events, a limited number of seats will be reserved for our live studio audience members who do not wish to appear on camera.

What about cannabis use as part of CMU events?: Smoking and any other use of cannabis (or any other other controlled substance) in the Forum is currently not permitted under the terms of our lease. That said, cannabis users, of course, are welcome at all events. We simply ask that guests show up with curious, open hearts and presence. For some, cannabis may provide assistance. For others, it may not. Know and be responsible for thyself.

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