“You are the world expert on your life, your body, and your mind, or at least you are in the best position to become that expert if you observe carefully. Part of the adventure of meditation is to use yourself as a laboratory to find out who you are and what you are capable of doing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the eight-week course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment. MBSR uses mindful movement, meditation, group discussion, and inquiry to teach students how to use mindfulness to relate differently to stress. The course teaches practical ways to integrate mindfulness into daily life and build and sustain a personal mindfulness practice. Studies indicate that mindfulness-based stress reduction programs can reduce anxiety and increase general well-being and overall happiness. Mindfulness can be successfully learned and practiced by people of all backgrounds. No prior experience is necessary. ClickHERE to watch an episode of 60 Minutes on mindfulness. This 30 hour course includes a free orientation, 8-2.5 hour weekly session, and one all-day silent meditation retreat.