• “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally.”

    – Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” 

    - Thích Nhất Hạnh

  • “Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It's about befriending who we are already”. 

    - Pema Chodron

  • “You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” 

    - Jon Kabat-Zinn

iStock_000018175182_SmallWhat is MBSR?

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is an intensive, experiential training in mindfulness to enable you to access your own inner resources to respond more effectively to stress and to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. Through mindfulness meditation we find a new way to relate to our experience, moment to moment and without judgement. The course places a strong emphasis in helping participants to cultivate a friendly and nourishing relationship toward themselves.

The MBSR course is 8 weeks in duration for one evening per week. It includes a full day of mindfulness later in the course to help you to deepen in your mindfulness practice. The course includes the development of practical mindfulness skills through practices such as Sitting Meditation, Mindful Yoga and Bodyscan Meditiation. Throughout the course particular emphasis is placed on bringing mindfulness to all aspects our lives and this includes the development of a personal mindfulness practice in your life. You will receive guided audios and a course handbook to facilitate home practice.

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts. The course is supported by over thirty five years of peer reviewed research. He has written many books such as ‘Wherever you go, there you are’ and ‘Full Catastrophe Living’.

According to the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, published research suggests that people who participate in an MBSR course often report;

  • An increased ability to relax
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away.
  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.

(Centre for Mindfulness, http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/stress/index.aspx)

Who will benefit from a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program?

Likewise the Centre for Mindfulness reports that an eight week MBSR course can complement treatment for a variety of life challenges such as stress, chronic pain, heart disease, anxiety, panic, recovery from cancer, compulsive eating, depression, fibromyalgia, sleep disturbances, hypertension and diabetes. Please go to the Center for Mindfulness or the American Mindfulness Research Association if you wish to learn more about clinical research based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program.

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Benefits of MBSR

  • Reduced stress, worry, and anxiety.
  • Increased inner stability, wellbeing and resilience to life’s challenges.
  • Greater ability to relax and maintain present moment awareness.
  • Improves mood and emotional wellbeing.
  • Strengthens decision making, memory, information processing and problem solving abilities.
  • Can improve interpersonal relationships with others.
  • Greater appreciation of simple things in life.
  • Increased immunity and physical wellbeing.
  • Assists with our relationship to physical and emotional pain.

 

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