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MBSR Overview

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Improve Your Life

Mindfulness meditation, along with yoga, is an excellent form of mind-body medicine. When added to, or combined with, an existing medical or a psychological treatment, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program can significantly benefit your health, and effectively enhance the treatment results pertaining to the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Asthma
  • Chronic illness
  • Cancer
  • Eating disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Headaches
  • Gastro-intestinal distress
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Heart disease
  • Pain, and
  • Sleep problems
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MBSR History and Reach

Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), founded the Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979 at UMass Medical School. His vision to bring mindfulness-meditation into the medical mainstream has come to fruition with over 750 locations world-wide providing MBSR, including leading medical centers such as Duke, Stanford and Harvard. The rapid growth and expansion of MBSR wouldn't be possible without the growing body of research which shows mindfulness enhances your immune system, reduces inflammation, and reduces psychological ailments like anxiety and depression. Since the Stress Reduction Clinic began, more than 24,000 people have completed the MBSR Program at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society in Boston Massachusetts.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn has spoken about the power of practicing mindfulness in the midst of stress and chaos to audiences around the world.

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program has been featured in:

Bill Moyers’ PBS documentary Healing and The Mind
ABC’s Chronicle
CBS 60 minutes
NBC Dateline
CNN
The Boston Globe

What is MBSR?

The MBSR program pairs mindfulness-meditation with gentle yoga over the course of 8 classes and an all-day retreat. MBSR provides simple and clear instructions on a variety of meditations and participants receive guided meditation recordings for home use. In addition to guidance for learning meditation, practical methods for integrating mindfulness into daily life are also covered.

This course teaches you how to be mindful, which is paying attention to the present moment without being swept away by all of your thoughts. Jon Kabat-Zinn describes mindfulness as “the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Mindfulness is something anyone can do virtually any time, although effectively practicing it involves some guidance and understanding.

MBSR will consist of the following:

1 hour orientation class (Free)
Weekly two hour classes and an all-day retreat from 10a-4p on a Saturday
Gentle yoga for all levels (modifications are welcomed and encouraged for those with physical limitations)
Live guided meditations and clear instructions
Open and supportive class discussions
Daily home practices designed to encourage mindful living
Guided meditations for home use MP3s or CDs

Mindfulness is not as hard to practice as you might think. In fact, mindfulness is a state of being that all humans possess so there is nothing to acquire or achieve. When practiced over time, mindfulness becomes a valuable and reliable resource in the face of stress, pain and illness.

Stopping to learn how to meditate may seem like a lofty goal in a world where you have to go to work, raise children, pay bills and keep up with all the tasks of daily living. Many of us are scrambling to make enough time for exercise let alone finding time for stillness. However, making time for mindfulness will help you juggle all of your responsibilities with a greater sense of ease and peace of mind.

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