What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979, MBSR is based on a practice known as mindfulness. Although mindfulness is an inherent human capacity, it needs to be developed and strengthened in order for us to harness its healing qualities. Mindfulness training offers a systematic method of cultivating mental clarity, insight and well-being through meditation, yoga and inquiry. Mindfulness training has been utilized as a highly successful adjunct treatment for individuals who deal with serious illness and chronic pain, but it also offers great benefits to anyone who suffers from anxiety or is affected by stressors of daily living. Understanding how to relate to life's challenges mindfully is a cornerstone of mindfulness training. It offers us the opportunity to explore the interplay of body and mind and helps us to mobilize and strengthen inner resources .
How does MBSR work?
By practicing in class and by listening to guided meditations at home during the week, participants learn, practice and integrate mindfulness into everyday life. Highly participatory, supportive, and structured, the MBSR Program will provide you with:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
- Group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
- Individually tailored instruction
- Daily home assignments
- Guided meditation CDs and handouts
Who will benefit?
Research has shown that MBSR benefits individuals with a variety of conditions and concerns:
Stress – including work, school, family, financial, illness, aging, grief, uncertainty about the future, feeling "out of control"
Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, asthma, skin disorders, immune disorders
Psychological distress – including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.
Prevention and Wellness – for individuals seeking tools to find greater balance in life.
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Video Clip: Guided Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn (12 minutes)
Video Clip from the Center for Mindfulness (10 minutes)