There has been more three decades of scientific research on mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) which have consistently shown to have a positive and profound effect on living in the present moment while reducing medical symptoms and psychological distress.
People who take MBSR & practice mindfulness find
✽ Improved concentration, memory, creativity, & learning ability
✽ Reduced anxiety and improved quality of sleep
✽ Improved health conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes
✽ Increased ability to manage stress and relax
✽ Reduced emotional and physical pain
Here is what people who have taken my course are saying:
Jackie “Before taking MBSR I would immediately panic under stress and become emotionally reactive and impulsive. I tried to numb myself from the pain with distractions like drugs & alcohol, but they only provided temporary relief. I stopped using and started an exercise routine which helped some, but nothing helped as much as meditation. I meditate everyday now which reminds me that stress does not have to result in catastrophe. I am less impulsive with my emotions and I can think more clearly. Before I took MBSR, I kept hearing that I should try meditation and when I did it on my own, it only seemed to make my panic worse. I wish someone would have told me that sometimes it takes patience and multiple efforts to start to feel the benefits.
Michael “I took the MBSR course because I was preoccupied with anxious thoughts and feared that there wasn’t enough time in the day to accomplish what I needed to get done. I felt conflicted over competing priorities, would lose clarity of thought, and felt confused about what task I should be working on. The stress over my to-do list resulted in me becoming short with others, which made me feel disappointed in myself. MBSR helped me develop a disciplined practice of being focused on the present moment which provided stress relief and more productivity in my day to day activities. Mindfulness allowed me to let go of worries about future events, improved my responses to others and gave me the ability to enjoy life more fully.
Susan “Before I started MBSR I felt like there just wasn’t enough time in the day to get my work done. I wanted to do my job perfectly, but I was pulled in so many directions that it never felt like my efforts were good enough. Taking this course helped me recognize when I was caught in stress and gave me the tools to calm my mind so I could be focused and productive. I discovered that my best efforts were good enough and that what other people thought of me was not a measure of my success.”
Laura “Before taking Jude’s course, I was going through physical therapy and was suffering with neck and back pain, despite keeping up with a routine of stretches and exercises. The mounting stress in my life seemed to make my pain worse. With MBSR, I was able to incorporate the breathing techniques I learned into my physical therapy routine. These techniques reduced my pain and allowed me to benefit from physical therapy. Meditation may not sound like it’s going to be life- changing, but it definitely made life more enjoyable by providing some freedom from stress and pain.”
This introductory session is a time to learn more about mindfulness, including the benefits, risks and how this course is structured over the 8 weeks that follow. The session will allow you an opportunity to experience a guided meditation and ask questions about the course and register if you choose.
This session lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The orientation is FREE, however there is a $15 deposit required that will be refunded if you decide the MBSR class is not right for you. If you take the class, the $15 goes toward the price of the course. Refunds are available for up to 7 days prior to the event.
If you are interested in taking the MBSR course please look over this schedule ahead of time to make sure you are able to attend all the classes if you should decide to sign up.
If you register you will be asked for you cell phone number as well as some folks mistakenly put in the incorrect email and I am unable reach out if there are changes. I will not be calling unless I am unable to reach you via email.
The class starts on Tuesday January 15th. Classes 1 & 8 are extended 15 minutes, however classes 2-6 end at 9pm.
Class 1 January 15th 6:45pm-9:15pm
Class 2 January 22nd 6:45pm-9pm
Class 3 January 29th 6:45pm-9pm
Class 4 February 5th 6:45pm-9pm
Class 5 February 12th 6:45pm-9pm
Class 6 February 19th 6:45pm-9pm
All-Day Retreat Saturday February 23th 10a-4p
Class 7 February 26th 6:45-9pm
Class 8 March 5th 6:45-9:15pm