The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and featured in Bill Moyer's series "Healing and the Mind." This program is specifically designed for people living with stress, pain or illness, and supports individuals as well as the work of therapists and other caregivers.
MBSR consists of intensive training in mindfulness meditation, gentle mindful movement and group support. The program is designed for people who yearn for more balance in day-to-day life, and it promotes healthy living, renewal and stress management.
Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in day-to-day life. Mindfulness develops the potential to experience each moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with serenity and clarity. One can feel more alive and gain access to the powerful inner resources for healing. Participants learn lifelong tools to help maximize life, even in the midst of stress, pain and illness.
The workshop will be a synergy of principles of MBSR, meditation practices, discussion and inquiry in both small and large groups and is applicable to both health professionals and the lay community.
MBSR GRADUATES REPORT LASTING BENEFITS:
* Increased self-awareness, trust and acceptance
* More effective coping strategies
* More balance in the face of difficulties
* More accepting attitude to life and challenges
* Decrease in Chronic Pain
* Lasting decreases in stress-related symptoms
* Significant decreases in anxiety and depression
* Improved concentration and creativity
* Improved immune system functioning
* Decreased symptoms secondary to cancer
Teachings and practices are appropriate for individuals and health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available.