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In the Span of a Heartbeat

“This is the day I am going to die” I think as I stand paralyzed at the entrance to the counseling center at Northern Illinois University. Sirens blare as information slowly leaks to us that there is a shooter on campus, no one knows their current location in that moment and we are on lock down. Some of the senior staff have left to assess the situation, but as a first-year intern I am told to stay back. I find myself standing frozen in the place where I learned the news. Glued down by fear, I pondered my fate in a split second that I would be the first person seen if the shooter walked in.

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths."
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Welcome, Jen Frazer!

We’re excited to welcome Jen Frazer to the Center for Vitality and Balance community! Jen is a registered yoga instructor who believes yoga is for everyone and every body. She earned her training certificate from Prairie Yoga in Lisle, Illinois where they place a strong emphasis on aligning the body, breath, and mind. She currently teaches at the National Association for Mental illness as well as for a local recovery group.

Jen’s experience, skills, and passion add a new dimension to how we can support your unique pathway of vitality and balance. She teaches classic beginning and restorative yoga. Yoga promises a deeper relationship to your body, mind, and spirit.

Classes Begin February 21

Registration details will be available on our website February 15.

"Our human compassion binds us one to the other—
not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.
— Nelson Mandela


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Man's Search for Meaning

By Viktor Frankl

In this small (but powerful volume), author Viktor Frankl shares his story of unspeakable suffering and loss during time spent in Nazi concentration camps. He posits that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Riveting and inspring, this book helps us take a new look at the things we suffer through to create understanding, purpose and new meaning for ourselves and others.


Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

By Jon Kabat-Zinn

In this practical mindfulness-skills based book, Kabat-Zin demonstrates the toll stress and suffering takes on the mind and body and provides ways to improve overall well-being, improve relationships, decrease pain and emotional distress.

"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering."
— Ben Okri


Take Your First Step on Your Pathway of Vitality and Balance

Call (630) 286-0993 to schedule a complimentary consultation today! We’ll talk about you and your desires for becoming your best self.
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