Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
The MBSR program is designed to guide you in using your innate abilities to more effectively work with stress, pain, and illness. Training in mindfulness helps develop insight into stressful situations that usually inhibit people from responding as successfully as they are capable.
This life-affirming program is for people who have work, family or financial stress, or who experience anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep disturbances, GI distress, high blood pressure, or chronic pain and illness.
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is an eight-week program that will assist you in managing stress, illness, and pain. Mindfulness, a highly refined, systematic use of attention and concentration – a universal human capacity you can develop further. The mindfulness-based stress reduction program is interactive, engaging you in practical activities to that enable you to bring mindfulness to the stress, pain, or illness in your life.
MBSR was developed at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979. The program has been successfully completed by over 16,000 people there and is now offered at over some 200 hospitals, clinics, and universities worldwide. MBSR is one of the most effective and widely researched stress management programs available today.
MBSR has been proven effective for managing
- Stress – job, family, relationships, financial, and health
- High blood pressure and hypertension
- Chronic Pain and illness
- GI distress
- Fatigue and headaches
Many people are referred to this program by their doctor or decide to participate themselves because they are not feeling well and want to participate more fully in their health.
This life-affirming program includes...
- Guided instructions in mindfulness practices
- Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
- Activities to enhance awareness in everyday life
- Group dialogue and support (this is not group therapy)
- Daily home practices
- Supporting materials, tapes, and workbook
- Tuition and materials price available upon request
The program, participants, and facilitator create a safe, supportive, and deeply engaging learning environment. For further information about the MBSR program please feel free to call 706-543-0162 or e-mail the class facilitator Mike Healy at firstname.lastname@example.org
MBSR Program Details
Mindfulness, in essence, is a highly refined, systematic "attentional" strategy aimed at developing both calmness of mind and body. Mindfulness develops deep insight into an array of mental and physical conditions that inhibit one’s capacity to respond effectively and pro-actively in demanding, highly charged situations, as well as in more commonplace everyday activities. Mindfulness, our innate capacity to flexibly and fluidly pay attention from moment-to-moment, is a universal human capacity. The mindfulness-based stress reduction program is interactive and seeks to engage you in practical activities to enhance learning.
This program is based on the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program has been successfully utilized with appropriate modifications in a number of other medical centers, as well as non- medical settings such as schools, professional programs, athletic training programs, prisons, and the workplace worldwide.
Founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, the Stress Reduction Clinic has been featured in the Bill Moyer’s’ PBS documentary Healing and the Mind, on NBC Dateline, on ABC’s Chronicle and in various national print media and is the subject of Kabat-Zinn’s best-selling book, Full Catastrophe Living and Saki Santorelli’s Heal Thy Self. Since the inception of MBSR, more than 16,000 people have completed the eight-week program at the University of Massachusetts Stress Reduction Clinic, and many others have completed the program at 200 centers worldwide.
Published Research Results
Published research from the Stress Reduction Clinic documents that a majority of participants report a lasting decrease in both physical and psychological symptoms. The majority of participants report an increased ability to relax, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, an increased ability to cope more effectively with both short- term and long-term stressful situations, as well as major positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors. Pain levels also improve and people learn to cope better with chronic pain. In addition, the perception of self, self in relationship to others and self in relationship to the larger environment is experienced with more clarity and understanding. These findings are consistent with a larger body of both quantitative and qualitative research on the effects of meditation.
Who Is this Program For?
People participate in this program for a variety of reasons: job, family, or financial stress; anxiety and panic; sleep disturbances; fatigue, GI distress; high blood pressure, chronic pain and illness, and headaches. This is a life-affirming program in conscious living. This highly participatory, practical program includes: guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, informal meditation strategies, inquiry activities that enhance awareness in everyday life, individually tailored instruction, group dialogue, and daily home assignments.
Although this program is a relatively short intervention of eight weeks, life-long learning is fostered. This program offers an immediate and deliberate shift in one’s health orientation as well as instructions and references to encourage a continued deepening of understanding of this shift and the techniques explored in this program.
Key Characteristics of the Program
- A fundamental component of good medical care
- Intensive training in mindfulness meditation
- An educational orientation
- Group format
- Experiential, highly participatory format
- Highly challenging and strongly supportive
- Self-responsibility emphasized within the context of a collaborative relationship between participant and facilitator
- Array of mindfulness methods to meet individual participant needs and learning styles
- Interactive facilitator and participant initiated dialogue and inquiry intended to explore perceptions, mental and behavioral habits and patterns that may be inhibiting learning, growth, and healing
- The structure is intended to foster participant self-regulation and self-reliance
- Life-long learning: This program is 1) designed to foster an immediate and deliberate shift in health orientation and 2) is a method for enhancing health and well being across the life span.
Mike Healy, Ed.D. has practiced meditation for 30 years, 21 years of which has been Mindfulness Meditation, and has taught this program for several years at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Athens Mind Body Institute.
Healy has participated in a seven-day professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder, and Dr. Saki Santorelli, director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; has completed the Teacher Development Intensive at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness; and has had additional training attending multi-day mindfulness meditation retreats. Healy completed a doctorate in Adult Education at the University of Georgia, studying the mindfulness meditation transformational learning process.
- Mindfulness meditation and body scan tapes available at www.mindfulnesstapes.com
- Mind Body Institute - Athens, GA additional mind body practices at www.armc.org/mbi
- Healing Arts Center, Prince Ave. – mindfulness sitting Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9pm
- Red Lotus Institute, 2080 Prince Ave. Athens, 706.549.2913
- Southern Dharma Retreat Center -- www.southerndharma.org
- Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA – www.dharma.org/ims.htm
- OMEGA —Holistic Learning Centers Contact: www.eomega.org
- Center for Mindfulness, Worcester, MA – Phone: 508.856.2656
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Time past and time future
Allow but a little consciousness.
To be conscious is not to be in time.