The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program was developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and was designed to empower participants into taking an active role in the management of their health and wellness.
This program gave rise to the present Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMass Medical School. MBSR is now a well- established complementary medical program used by medical centres, hospitals and clinics all over the world.
Mindscapes’ MBSR program is modeled after the MBSR program pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is an intensive program which trains participants in mindfulness, a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in our lives, a way of taking charge of our lives and doing something for ourselves that no one else can do for us — consciously and systematically working with our own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.
Mindfulness is not something that we need to “get” or acquire. It is already within each of us — a deep internal resource waiting to be released and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing.
Emphasizing the principle that “there is more right with you than there is wrong with you,” MBSR is a life-affirming approach designed to teach participants how to integrate and apply mindfulness in daily life, as well as to the range of challenges arising from medical and psychological conditions and life stresses.
The group program consists of 7 weekly 3 hour classes. It is a highly participatory, practical course which includes:
MBSR has a large and growing body of research supporting its usefulness in chronic health conditions to:
If you are interested in taking an MBSR program but prefer individual instruction, you will have a program tailored to your individual needs and gain flexibility in the scheduling of sessions.
If you have already completed a group MBSR program and are interested in follow-up, these sessions are designed to help you integrate your knowledge into day-to-day life as well as increase your skills in working mindfully with issues of particular concern.
•Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeksMassachusetts General Hospital news release: Jan. 2011 http://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=1329
•Mental Stress Slows post-workout Recovery: Globe & Mail; August 27, 2012