About MBSR

MBSR is an evidence-based intervention, and an 8- week course that supports students in diving deeply into the integration of mindfulness in everyday life.

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Words from MBSR students:
"I am starting to see my choices in terms of reaction or response"
"I am realizing it's ok to accept myself as I am"
"I am learning it's ok to feel emotions, and how to accept them."

MBSR is based on the work of Jon Kabat Zinn, and supports participants in learning to “pay attention, on purpose, in the present moment, as non-judgmentally as possible” (Jon Kabat-Zinn). This type of awareness can be developed and harnessed to cultivate clarity, increase acceptance, and support positive behavior and lifestyle changes. These are critical factors for people of all walks of life to live fully and skillfully.

The course was originally developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center almost 40 years ago and continues to build favorable findings and outcomes. It still works and is now available in hospitals, clinics, workplaces, and community settings across the country, and the world.

Benefits

Research has shown benefits including:

Improved mood and positive affect
Reduced anxiety in medical patients
Improved ability to manage and reduce pain levels
Improved immune functioning
Enhanced experience of self-efficacy
Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, upon program completion and at follow up weeks, months, and years post MBSR course, students speak to a capacity to access internal resources more readily in response to tremendous life challenges, including medical diagnosis and lifestyle changes, pressures of work and family life, challenging emotions, and the ongoing stresses of modern life.

Students systematically learn and practice several mindfulness meditation practices, including body scan, awareness of breathing, and gentle, mindful yoga. Teacher led class discussion, inquiry, and education support participants in looking deeply into their minds, bodies, hearts, and unfolding lives. Through this lens, class members discover opportunities to explore more healthful responses to the challenges, demands, and delights of daily life.

MBSR is offered as a complement to medical and or mental health treatment, and not a replacement.

People who decide to participate in MBSR present with a variety of
conditions and concerns:

MBSR is offered as a complement to medical and or mental health treatment, and not a replacement. Learning and practicing mindfulness meditation is an opportunity for you to participate in your own healing and growth, regardless of circumstance or diagnosis. The knowledge and insights gained from your efforts in MBSR may also facilitate improved communication with your health care providers and increased capacity to more fully participate in your health care, and your life.
Mindfulness practice, and MBSR also offers benefits specific to those working in the health care profession. Early research indicates that nurses, doctors, social workers, and counselors who participate in multi week mindfulness training, such as the MBSR course, report reduced burnout, decreased stress, and increased capacity for empathy.

Mindfulness practice has the potential to improve mental flexibility and alertness in the present moment, improve emotional regulation and resiliency, and support the emergence of compassion for self and others; all boons in a health care climate of constant change, increased use of technology, and the pressures of productivity standards.

The MBSR course may qualify for continuing education for some professionals. See “For Health Care Providers” for the most up to date information.

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