MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION

Mindfulness—A Medically-Sound Practice for Learning, Growing and Healing

In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts to bring a form of meditation known as mindfulness into the medical mainstream. Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay attention to whatever is happening in your life that allows you a greater sense of connection to your life inwardly and outwardly. Mindfulness is also a practice, a systematic method aimed at cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. In the context of your health, mindfulness is a way for you to experientially learn to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and mobilising your own inner resources for coping, growing, and healing.


Nearly three decades of scientific research at medical centres all over the world suggest that training in mindfulness and MBSR can positively and often profoundly affect participants' ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.


The Approach is known as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Since its inception, more than 20,000 people have completed the MBSR training program. They have been referred by more than 5,000 physicians, by hundreds of other health care professionals, and through self-referral. These participants have been strongly motivated to do something for themselves—something no one else can do for them—by learning to draw upon their inner resources and natural capacity for greater health and balance, ease and peace of mind.


This MBSR course follows the same, well-respected method taught at the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This eight-week course offers the curriculum and methodology developed by Jon-Kabat Zinn and is taught by Simon Barnes, who has a masters degree in teaching mindfulness-based approaches from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.
























An Invitation to Move Toward Greater Balance, Control and Participation in Your Life

Across the world, people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and beliefs have accepted this invitation. They are a lot like you, and they've learned to integrate the methods developed at the Centre for Mindfulness into their everyday lives. More than two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the MBSR curriculum report:


  1. Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms

  2. An increased ability to relax

  3. Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away

  4. Greater energy and enthusiasm for life

  5. Improved self-esteem

  6. An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations


Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.


In contrast, you've probably encountered moments of "mindlessness"—a loss of awareness resulting in forgetfulness, separation from self, and a sense of living mechanically. Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well-being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is intended to ignite this inner capacity and infuse your life with awareness.


Reawakening to What You Already Are

Mindfulness is not something that you have to "get" or acquire. It is already within you—a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be released and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing. While the practices have been adapted from classical Buddhist meditation and yoga traditions, MBSR is a secular, scientifically-informed approach that operates in harmony with any belief system or spiritual background.


MBSR has benefited people reporting a variety of conditions and concerns:


  1. Stress—including work, school, family, financial, illness, ageing, grief, uncertainty about the future, and feeling "out of control."

  2. Medical conditions—including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, skin disorders, headaches, and many other conditions

  3. Psychological distress—including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue, and sleep disturbances

  4. Prevention and wellness—including health enhancement and wellness focused on prevention and learning the "how" of taking good care of yourself and feeling a greater sense of resilience and balance.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is highly respected within the medical community. It is not offered as an alternative to traditional medical and psychological treatments but as a complement to these approaches. Experience over nearly three decades suggests that doing what you can for yourself, coupled with what your physician can do for you, can be far more effective than either approach on its own.


A Life-Affirming Course in Conscious Living

The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one half day class. This highly participatory, practical course includes:


  1. Pre-Course interview to ensure this is the right course for you, and the right time to do it.

  2. More than 16 hours of instruction on mindfulness meditation, stretching, mindful yoga, and guidance for enhancing awareness in everyday life

  3. Guided mindfulness practices on CD or Downloads

  4. Home practice notes in PDF format emailed after each class

  5. Teacher support between sessions if required

  6. An invitation to follow up meditation sessions throughout the year


A Training with Benefits that Last a Lifetime

Since its inception, tens of thousands of people have completed the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and learned how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness. The MBSR course brings you the complete intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its integration into the challenges and adventures of everyday life.



Evidence

The scientific endorsement of the benefits of mindfulness is growing  all the time.  Click here for a brief evidence overview.  Also, read through the FAQs page for further links.  If you have any particular questions please send an email with your details.