The first of two events from Becoming Jackson Whole, a new organization focused on providing mindfulness skills to "leaders in civic and community service, education, health and business," is scheduled for tonight.

The talk, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Jackson Hole High School auditorium, focuses on mindfulness and compassion.

Becoming Jackson Whole, a member of the Mindful Cities Initiative, which aims to inject mindfulness practice into communities, through networking for community leaders, new resources, databases and materials, and training programs and events.

Jackson is one of three cities involved in the pilot program, which also includes Flint, Michigan, and Boston.

The first program of the local initiative is a program tonight titled "Mindfulness and Compassion in Families, School and Communities: A Whole-Hearted Approach." Sona Dimidjian, a professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Renee Crown Wellness Institute at the University of Colorado-Boulder, will present.

Becoming Jackson Whole is also hosting a two-day summit Tuesday and Wednesday at Snow King Resort, which includes a lineup of national and local researchers, leaders and experts speaking on mindfulness and emotional intelligence, and how these skills can help lead and progress community discussions.

Tonight's event is free to attend; contact the organization via its website for more information about the summit.

Contact Melissa Cassutt at 732-7076 or valley@jhnewsandguide.com.​

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