Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a highly engaging and practical 8-week program that offers training in mindfulness practices meant to help participants access internal resources for greater self-control, balance and responsiveness in the face of life difficulties.
Stress: A Fact of Modern Living
We all experience stress, whether in the form of the daily obstacles life presents to us or the greater challenges of illness, loss or chronic disease. Chronic stress can not only wear on our bodies, hearts and minds, but can also lead to the development of unhealthy coping that only makes our problems worse. In MBSR, you’ll learn that even though stress in life is inevitable, the amount of choice you have in responding to it is greater than you ever imagined.
Mindfulness-The Possibility of Calm, Balance and Wellbeing in the Face of Life’s Difficulties
Mindfulness is a particular kind of awareness that all of us have, which is cultivated by intentionally bringing an open, non-judgmental quality of attention to our experience as it unfolds in thepresent moment. It is not only a practice, but a way of being in the world that allows us to have a different kind of relationship with the challenges of stress and other difficulties in life. As opposed to being “mindless” or reactive in the face of stress, we develop the ability to be grounded, flexible and responsive in the face of even the greatest challenges.
A Proven Program
Decades of research have shown MBSR to be effective with a broad range of physical and mental health problems, including:
- Sustained decreases in depression and anxiety
-Increased ability to cope with chronic pain; reductions in levels of pain
-Reduction in burnout and improved self-care amongst professionals in high-stress fields such as healthcare.
-Improvements in energy, engagement in life and positive outlook
-Ability to cope with day-to-day stress, as well as stressful situations that are lasting or unchanging
People come to MBSR for a variety of reasons, ranging from stress associated with work, family or financial concerns, to anxiety and panic, chronic pain and illness, sleep problems, fatigue and high blood pressure. Many come away feeling better able to live a meaningful, effective life in the presence of such challenges.
What to Expect from an MBSR Course
A full MBSR course consists of 8 weeks of programming, including a 2 ½ hour class each week in addition to a full day retreat on a Sunday during week 6 of the course. Each class will include the following:
-Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
-Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
-Group dialogue focused on implementing mindfulness in daily life
-Education on the physiology of stress and stress management
-Individually supported instruction
-Guided meditation CDs and home practice materials
Each MBSR course will be preceded by an orientation meeting during which potential participants can learn more about the program, ask questions, learn about mindfulness and decide if the program is a good fit. Those who are not able to make the orientation group must speak with the instructor before enrolling.
MBSR Course Schedule
Orientation (free) Sunday, 9/22/13 at 12:30-1:30
8 week course, starting on Sunday, 9/29/13 from 12:30-3:00 on subsequent Sundays during the course except for Sunday 10/13, when class will be from 5:00-7:30.
Day-long retreat from 9:00-4:00 on Sunday, 11/3/13.
Cost $440 (includes guided meditation CDs, Course book, and 3 additional mindfulness support classes post MBSR course)
Keith Haas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 16 years’ experience in the field. He is a practicing mental health therapist and meditation instructor who for over the past 10 years has integrated mindfulness in his work with various populations of individuals, including those recovering from mental health challenges and people living with chronic health conditions. He currently works in an outpatient medical clinic serving people living with HIV/AIDS, and trains social workers and other mental health professionals in the practice of mindfulness. He is currently in the process of training to be an MBSR instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, home of the original Stress Reduction Clinic and MBSR program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
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