“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally”Jon Kabat-Zinn
The 8 week course (2.5 hours per week) begins with an introductory session. It leads the participant skillfully through a series of meditations and gentle physical exercises designed to help one to become aware of habitual thought patterns which often lead to stress, anxiety and depression and to offer tools to be able to transform these into more positive mental states. The course includes a full day practice in silence.
Meditations range from 3 to 40 minutes. These can lead to a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind. The course is endorsed by many health care providers and is highly recommended by those who have experienced its benefits.
“Timing was great and I could feel the benefits immediately”
“I felt secured, not judged”
“I discovered that I am allowed to be kind to myself”
“I can choose to be happy!”
“Being part of a group helps a lot”
“Allowed me to rest and build my inner life”
“I am now more kind, compassionate to others and myself”
“Created gentle space for my personal growth”
“It helped me to reconnect to my who”
MBSR is a secular group based programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (PhD) and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in the 1970s to alleviate a wide range of health problems. The programme involves training in mindfulness meditation together with discussion on stress and life skills. Particular emphasis is placed upon daily home practice.
The evidence base on MBSR shows significant positive effects among participants suffering from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, MS, mild anxiety disorder, psoriasis and cancer. More than 100 papers have been written which indicate that the effects of MBSR are relatively long lasting especially if post course group practice is also offered.