MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION
Mindfulness practices bring us to the present moment, again and again, tapping into our innate
potential for healing. Mindfulness mobilizes our ability to cultivate embodied wisdom and self-compassion, and teaches
us to live life and face whatever arises with integrity, clarity, and open-hearted presence.
Each class includes a variety of moving and resting mindfulness practices, tips for bringing mindfulness into day-to-day
life, and discussion.
8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
(MBSR) is based on the Stress Reduction Clinic courses taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the UMass
Medical Center and was also featured on the Bill Moyers' PBS documentary, “Healing and the Mind.”
Scientific studies have found these benefits from regular mindfulness practice:
- Increased self-awareness,
self-trust, and self-acceptance
Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
Significant decreases in anxiety and depression
Improved concentration and creativity
Improved immune system functioning
Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
An increased ability to relax
Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain
An ability to cope more effectively with short and long-term stressful situations
When you dwell in stillness, the judging
mind can come through like a foghorn. "I don't like the pain in my knee...This is boring...I like this feeling
of stillness…I had a good meditation yesterday, but today I'm having a bad meditation...It's not working for
me…I'm no good at this. I'm no good, period..." This type of thinking dominates the mind and weighs it down.
It's like carrying around a suitcase full of rocks on your head. It feels good to put it down. Imagine how it
might feel to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to
evaluate it as "good" or "bad." This would be a true stillness, a true liberation. Mindful meditation means
cultivating a non-judging attitude toward what comes up in the mind, come what may.
~Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are.
Please contact us
for the MBSR course schedule, or to create a class in your community or workplace.