What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) said that mindfulness is, "paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.“
A life-affirming course in conscious living:
• Approach your life with more composure, energy, understanding, enthusiasm, joy and contentment.
• Develop the ability to cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term stressful situations.
• Enhance your ability to manage and reduce anxiety and pain levels in many instances.
• Improve your focus and resilience.
Authorized MBSR Curriculum Course used with permission of the Center for Mindfulness of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
This 2017 version of MBSR Curriculum Guide is based upon the cumulative experience since 1979 totaling more than one million hours of clinical care, more than 24,000 MBSR program completers, referred by more than 7,000 physicians, hundreds of other health care professionals, and through self-referral.
The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long class on a weekend. This highly participatory, practical course includes:
o Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
o Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
o Time to discuss and reflect, enhancing awareness in everyday life
o Individually tailored instruction
o Group support and dialogue with the opportunity for questions and answers.
o Daily home assignments
o Guided audio files for home practice and handouts
The instructors focus on creating a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment that allows participants to seek, explore, and inquire.
In this program, you will learn:
• Articulate the key aspects of mindfulness as it relates to stress reduction, coping with pain and illness and enhancing well-being
• Differentiate MBSR from relaxation and other distraction techniques that may seem similar but are fundamentally and theoretically quite different in contending with difficulty and enhancing the quality of life
• Practice and apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of both settings
• Integrate mindfulness into social interaction with colleagues, family and friends to facilitate more effective and mindful communication
• Articulate the potential benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction (and mindfulness in general) to educate others about the benefits of such programs in their own lives
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program is an eight-week course designed to teach people how to better take care of themselves and participate fully in improving the health and quality of their lives as they work with various types of "stressors" or suffering that is limiting the life that they would like to live. Before participating in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course we ask that you please fill in the application form. Pre-registration/ booking is essential for this workshop.
To make a personal commitment to MBSR meditation practice.
We encourage 40 minutes daily guided meditation at least 6 days per week for the next 8 weeks. Your commitment is essential. It is the practice of mindfulness meditation that will enable you to realize its benefits. This commitment can be a challenging one and may require a lifestyle change. You may have to rearrange your schedule to allow time for daily practice, carving out time from other activities. Once you taste the benefits of MBSR, then you may find that maintaining a daily practice becomes easier and highly rewarding.
To make a personal commitment to practice mindfulness in daily living (informal mindfulness practice).
We can bring mindfulness to eating, walking, driving, interpersonal relationships, anytime throughout the day. This conscious act of remembering and bringing attention to the present moment and simple activities throughout the day, enhances your formal meditation practice. Both formal and informal practice are just that, practice at being fully present to each moment as life unfolds just as it is.
To approach your practice with an attitude of kindness, compassion, gentleness, openness and curiosity toward yourself and others.
Your role is to just observe, developing a deeper awareness.
No religious, no dogma, no awkward physical positions.
* There is no religion, dogma or belief to adopt in mindfulness-based meditations and methods.
* The instructions are simple and have a focus on everyday life.
*We sit on chairs or cushions if you prefer. There are no funny positions to adopt.
Who is the course of MBSR suitable for?
• 18 years & over.
• People who have never meditated or practised mindfulness before.
• People who have started meditating or practising mindfulness.