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All are invited to the Jan. 17 meeting of Lake Oswego Women's Coalition, where they will learn about mindfulness meditation.

FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - West Linn resident Surja Tjahaja will present Experiencing Mindfulness Meditation at the Lake Oswego Womens Coalition meeting on Jan. 17 at The Stafford. Tickets for the luncheon meeting are $18 for members and $22 for non-members.

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The Lake Oswego Women's Coalition will start its 2018 programs on Jan. 17 with a presentation by Surja Tjahaja on mindfulness mediation.

Tjahaja's presentation, which is titled "Experiencing Mindfulness Meditation," will allow audience members to experience firsthand how mindfulness mediation works to promote well-being and happiness.

Mindfulness meditation is a mind/body awareness practice which helps people improve their focus and gain control over their emotions.

It is being utilized by corporations, classrooms, military training programs and health care providers throughout the United States.

The presentation will highlight the groundbreaking work of pioneers in the field of neuroplasticity, or the brain's ability to rewire itself, to help people heal and recover after maladies such as strokes, Parkinson's disease and traumatic brain injury.

Tjahaja, a West Linn resident, has practiced meditation for more than 16 years and is especially interested in how meditation promotes neuroplasticity and healing. He has taught weekly meditation classes in the Portland area to more than 600 students over the past nine years, and serves on the board of directors of BRAINet, the volunteer outreach organization of Oregon Health & Science University's Brain Institute.

"Mindfulness is not woo-woo magic," Tjahaja said. "It's very practical and works on principles now understood by neuroscience. Students very quickly begin to feel positive changes as they have better ways to cope with the topsy-turviness of life."

The luncheon meeting is scheduled at The Stafford, 1200 Overlook Drive in Lake Oswego, from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Cost is $18 for members and $22 for non-members. To reserve a seat, call 503-747-2573.

The LOWC is a networking group which meets the third Wednesday each month from September through May for an interesting program and lunch.

The group was founded as a committee of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce approximately 25 years ago for women members of the chamber.

It is no longer affiliated with the chamber but still fulfills its mission to afford women in all walks of life a networking system.

Membership is $20 per year. All are welcome to join.

Call 503-747-2573 for more information.

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