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Nevada County author honored for social change

Sharon Mijares, a Nevada County author and psychologist, received an award for "Women of the Decade in Community Leadership and Social Change" at the Women's Economic Forum May 11 in Delhi, India.

Mijares was commended for the six books she's authored or co-written on topics ranging from the link between psychology and spirituality to studies on prejudice and gender imbalance.

Mijares said her goal in writing many of her books was to "bring people from various cultural traditions together to affect social change."

Her first book, "Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom: Psychological Healing Practices from the World's Religious Traditions," explored the role of various meditation and spiritual techniques as ways to address mental health issues. The book was first published in the early 2000's, and heavily contrasted the majority of studies in western psychology at the time, which valued a diagnosis-based system that relied heavily on prescription drugs as its primary form of treatment.

After receiving her award at the Women's Economic Forum, Mijares traveled to Mcleodganj, Dharamsala to meet His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and to speak to staff at the Central Tibetan Administration about psychology and spirituality in the modern world.

"It was an absolute honor," said Mijares.

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She is currently working on co-authoring a new book that revisits the topic of gender inequality in different cultures from a modern perspective.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email mpera@theunion.com or call 530-477-4231.

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