Acknowledging present-moment reality as it actually is, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, is the first step towards transforming that reality and your relationship to it.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.

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.