What is MBSR?
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 to help people who were struggling with difficulties in life. Drawn from the Buddhist tradition of meditation but offered with a secular approach that is available to everyone, the evidence-based program uses simple and applicable mindfulness tools to help you focus your attention on the present moment, and as a result positively change your approach to yourself, relationships, work, and life in general.
MBSR helps you see that by simply becoming more aware of your moment-to-moment experiences, you can begin to understand your automatic mental and physical patterns of reaction to the events or circumstances in your life, thereby discovering which negative thoughts and behaviors you can change to relieve some of your stress and suffering. Studies have shown that MBSR can help reduce or relieve pain, and improve overall physical, psychological and emotional well-being.
The MBSR course offers theoretical background as well as a series of meditation practices, discussions and easy-to-use tools to help participants understand their suffering not just on a rational level, but through experience.
Jon Kabat-Zinn on ‘What is Mindfulness’
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
During the course, we cover topics including, but not limited to:
- Defining and understanding mindfulness
- Exploring the power of Awareness, Attention, Attitude, and Intention
- Investigating our automatic responses to difficult situations
- Breaking out of habitual responses
- Defining and Identifying Stress and negative patterns
- Broadening our field of perception
- Reducing stress by becoming less reactive
- Cultivating positive attitudes
- Exploring compassion and love for ourself and others
- Present-centered meditation practices
- Practical tips and tools for daily life
Start Your MBSR Journey
8-WEEK COURSE (ONLINE): Experience the full 8-week program with weekly one-to-one online video meetings. We will cover all the same theory as group courses, but with more flexibility to explore your personal experiences, challenges, priorities, and goals. Sessions are 1.5-2 hours once a week, with daily home practices assigned to help you establish yourself in the theory and develop your own personal meditation practice.
RETREATS: If you’re looking for a unique and immersive experience for a group, I can organize a condensed version of the full 8-week program. Each day includes workshops and practices based on MBSR, as well as mindful movement through slow-flow and yin yoga.
Please get in touch for more information or to set up a free consultation. I hope you will join me! ॐ
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