What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a deeply transformative eight week course in the tradition of Jon Kabat-Zinn (Wherever you go; There you are, Full Catastrophe Living). It is an intensive, experiential training in mindfulness which will enable you to access your own inner resources to respond more effectively to stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. It will help you to slow down a racing mind and to engage wholeheartedly in the present moment, so as to respond rather than react to life’s daily stressors. Through mindfulness meditation we find a new way to relate to our experience, moment to moment, and to let go of our tendency to judge and criticise our inner experience. This course places a strong emphasis in helping you to cultivate a befriending and nourishing relationship towards yourself.
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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- 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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