MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION ~ MBSR
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts in 1979. It was designed to help people who were suffering with physical pain who were not finding relief with traditional methods of pain management. This well-researched stress reduction program has since been shown to be helpful for a wide range of stress-related conditions. Anna Salamone has been trained at The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society that was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The stress-reduction programs that she leads in Ithaca, New York are the same in form and content as those being given at the CMF. Participants in this program are self-referred or referred by their doctors to reduce stress that exacerbates cardiac, gastrointestinal, neurological, and respiratory issues, as well as for pain management of all kinds including headaches, and for various forms of anxiety. The program has also been taken by those who wish to establish, or strengthen daily mindfulness practice.
Participants learn a variety of mindfulness practices including sitting and walking meditations, yoga, and practices that can be carried throughout the day.
This work, combined with learning about stress reactivity and coping responses, forms a foundation that helps one to develop a different relationship to stressors in daily life. The negative consequences of stress that effect us in so many ways are minimized. Cultivating a greater awareness of our life in the present helps us to shift out of “automatic-pilot” mode, and observe the workings of the mind, body and emotions. In this way, we begin to have access to a wider range of options for dealing with difficulties and distress. By entering into the process of mindfulness, one opens to the body's innate intelligence and capacities for healing and well-being.
The course consists of an orientation, eight weekly 2.5-hour classes, and an all-day practice session which takes place on the Saturday after the sixth class.
The orientation is free of charge and open to anyone who may be interested in participating. To assist graduates of the program in their ongoing practice, all are welcome to attend weekly guided sittings and return for all-day practice sessions. The initial fee of $410 covers the eight 2.5 hour classes, all-day session, and all future activities for graduates. It also includes audio recordings and other materials that are used to support home practice both during and after the eight weeks.
For more information about MBSR, visit: www.umassmed.edu/cfm/index.aspx
For questions, date availability or to register for a course orientation:
Contact Anna Salamone at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org