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Helping others navigate through stressful life events was the motivation for Gary Petingola to write The Response: Practising Mindfulness in Your Daily Life. 

In his debut book, launching on Feb. 22, he shares insights, stories and easy-to-follow mindfulness exercises gathered throughout his career.

A retired medical social worker at the Health Sciences North, Petingola is certified to teach mindfulness-based stress reduction through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

He and his wife, Sheila Damore-Petingola, run Mindfulness on the Rocks, which offers an eight-week program that includes a combination of mindfulness practices, group sharing of experience with practice, and the exploration of topics such as mindfulness, stress, and communication.

“The book is a compilation of stories and insights I shared on a weekly listserv for professional social workers from around the world,” he explained. 

Petingola said he realized that what he had been sharing over the years would be helpful for others. “I added easy to follow mindfulness practices to each story and insight, making it a handy resource for daily use.”

A launch for The Response: Practising Mindfulness in Your Daily Life is set for Feb. 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Taphouse Northern Grill and Pub on Regent Street.

Another signing will be held at Chapters on March 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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