Angela Marie Patnode will give a free one-hour talk at Santosha Wellness Center on Oct. 23 entitled “Leave Stress Behind: Learn about the life changing practice of meditation.” Patnode is a transformational coach, empowerment expert and 12-year student of Buddhism.

The Eastern practice of meditation began 2,700 years ago, Patnode says. It came to the U.S. in the 1960s, and is now an almost mainstream practice today. Also known as mindfulness, meditation generally allows practitioners to calm their minds, relieve stress and live from a more “centered” place.

Its benefits include reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, a feeling of a sense of purpose, better sleep, a feeling of fulfillment in life, clarity, peace, and joy, as well as less reactivity to life’s unwanted situations, Patnode says.

During her talk, Patnode will cover the benefits of meditation, comfort while sitting, three steps to meditation, and how to start your own practice. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. To register, call (406) 993-2510 or visit santoshabigsky.com.