The term “rat race” has been, and probably always will be, a well-coined euphemism for our finite modern lives. The endless turns in the maze of existence have weighed heavily on countless generations and deep thinkers (Nausea anyone?); life is enough to exhaust anyone. However, psychologist turned life coach, Pamela Cotton, seeks to temper the toils of the daily grind with a psychological frame of presence she terms “mindful resilience.” Cotton’s aptly-titled book, Mindful Resilience: Navigating the Labyrinth of Change in Times of Challenge, outlines the practice in a voice that combines a personal memoir with self-help experience. Hear her story and ideas firsthand as part of the Carnegie Center’s Lunch & Learn program, this Tuesday, October 11th from 12pm to 1pm.
Dr. Pamela Cotton held a private clinical psychology practice for many years in the Chicago area before uprooting to Southern Indiana, leaving her personal and professional life behind. Facing significant family losses during this transition, Cotton was forced to find a way to stay present and focus her outlook on healthy resilience. Out of these struggles, Cotton wrote Mindful Resilience and made her life’s concentration understanding human coping and the essence of facing challenges. Her goal now, as an author, coach and consultant, is to bring her experiences and ideas about resilience and strain to a wider audience – helping others learn to find a calm, competent center in times of trial.
On Tuesday, Cotton will bring her initiative of “mindful resilience” to the public and speak on the practice of presence. While connecting the Carnegie Center’s current exhibit, Heartbeats: Art Quilts by Penny Sisto, to the concept of presence, Cotton will also explain the fundamentals of her process. A special display of one of Sisto’s quilts, used for the cover of Cotton’s book and never before seen in erstwhile shows, will accompany the presentation. This program is free, but reservations are required; participants are encouraged to bring lunch with provided drinks. Life tips for overcoming the “rat race” are expected to abound; Nausea-ous constitutions can be left behind in the maze.
The Carnegie Center is located at 201 East Spring Street in New Albany and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am -5:30pm
To register for this program call 812-944-7336
For more information about this and upcoming events, exhibits and classes, visit www.carnegiecenter.org 
Photo: Courtesy of Lunch & Learn press release