Mindfulness is a non judgmental, objective awareness of our experience as it happens. In this context, being mindful is recognizing what is happening in the present moment, without getting caught up in thoughts or opinions. Practicing mindfulness teaches us to respond to difficult or stressful situation instead of reacting to it.
By cultivating the practice of mindfulness we learn to rely on our inner resources, and to relate to our experience – be it positive, negative or neutral – in a way that benefits our general well-being; we learn to accept what is happening just as it is, instead of wanting it to be different.
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is a 8 week program established in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.
This program teaches mindfulness as a skill to deal with the stress, pain, and difficulties that are a normal part of daily life.
During the course participants learn formal mindfulness practices – body scan, gentle movement and meditation – and informal practices to bring mindfulness into our daily life, in a way that will teach us to become more aware of our experiences and to enhance all aspects of our life.
Extensive scientific research shows the effectiveness of MBSR in supporting a variety of medical conditions such as psoriasis, depression , anxiety and stress related conditions.
The course is of an experiential nature, and a commitment to a daily home practice of 45-60 minutes is key to best benefit from this program.
Among the benefits that most people completing the course report :
* an increased ability to handle stressful situations
* more energy and enthusiasm
* greater capacity for relaxation
* improved self-confidence
* better sleep
The course involves:
– 2 1/2 hours for 8 weeks, once a week
-1 day long workshop after week 6
– Guided instruction on mindfulness meditation practices
– Mindful movement, using very gentle yoga postures
– Group discussion and dialogue
– Daily home practices using the Cds
-A pre-course and post course meeting or telephone conversation between participant and facilitator
– Handbook and practice CDs