Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) began in 1979 as the Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. The program was featured in the Bill Moyer’s PBS documentary Healing and the Mind and is the subject of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s best selling book, Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of the Body and Mind to Face Stress.
“If you’re breathing there is more right about you than there is wrong, no matter how ill or how hopeless you feel.” (Kabat-Zinn)
During times of transition, personal loss, intense emotional or physical pain, or any of the numerous circumstances that send our life out of balance, it can be helpful to have support on the journey towards greater calm and a deeper sense of well-being.
MBSR has been shown to:
- reduce depression and anxiety
- increase focus and mental clarity
- enhance and improve personal health
- improve communication with others
- calm the wildness of the “monkey mind”
- foster courage in difficult situations
- bring unconditional joy to daily life
The MBSR foundation course includes 8 weekly sessions and a one-day silent retreat. Various mindfulness tools are learned and practiced in a group context with an emphasis on personal journey.
Please see specific Courses and Retreats for more information.
WATCH: What is Mindfulness?
An overview of what Mindfulness is – including its history, rationale and scientific benefits – from the founders at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts, US.