Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
What is MBSR?
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to help people “who were falling through the cracks of the health care system.” These people were often told by their doctors that they just had to learn to live with their condition, but then weren’t offered any instruction on how to do that. MBSR bridges that gap.
MBSR is an intensive, evidence-based, 8-week training in mindfulness meditation and gentle, mindful yoga that facilitates awareness of our innate ability to deal with stress, anxiety, illness and pain, or to simply find some peace of mind amidst the busyness of modern life.
Clinical experience and scientific research continue to show the beneficial effects of mindfulness practice in general, and the MBSR program in particular. More and more hospitals and medical schools, and a wide range of other schools and institutions, businesses, and many individual health and mental health professionals now offer some version of the 8-week class.
MBSR helps people learn the tools necessary to become active participants in promoting their health and well-being, and how to experience more quality of life whether their condition improves or not.
I am a qualified MBSR instructor having completed my training through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massacusetts Medical School where Jon Kabat-Zinn offered the first MBSR class in 1979. The Center for Mindfulness is the world leader in providing training in MBSR and has conducted much of the research on MBSR and its benefits.
What MBSR participants have to say:
“The MBSR course is an experience that contains the secret to change everyone’s life for the better.” Simona R.
“I have the impression that I have started a journey in search of the most profound parts of myself.” Antonio B.
“The teachings on mindfulness resonate deep inside of me, and that is what has made me continue with the practice.” Cinzia F.
“The part of the course that I remember most clearly was the sense of peace.” Giuliana C.