MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This practice is increasingly being used to reduce stress, improve concentration, manage difficult emotions and physical pain, and reduce unwanted behaviors. Mindfulness has been practiced for thousands of years, either by itself or as part or a larger tradition.
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class is an 8 week program that teaches mindfulness as a means of learning greater balance and effective strategies for an improved sense of wellness in one’s own life.
The 8 week program was first taught in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and since that time, thousands of people have participated in MBSR courses offered around the world, including at leading medical centers such as Duke, Stanford and the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine.
Over the past three decades extensive research has now been done looking at the effectiveness of MBSR. Research shows that most people who complete this type of course find:
- An increased ability to relax
- Improved self-esteem
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Improved ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations
- Reductions in pain levels and/or an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
MBSR is designed for anyone wishing to gain greater levels of health or general well-being. People choose a MBSR class for many reasons, such as:
- Sleep problems
- Anxiety or depression
- GI problems
- High blood pressure or heart disease
- Chronic Illness or pain
- Simply to improve well-being
The class is a complement, not a substitute, for regular medical care.