“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, also called MBSR, helps develop awareness of the connection of mind and body, with particular attention to our habitual reactions, with the aim of cultivating instead mindful responses.
Once developed, these simple practices help you to bring the fullness of your attention to whatever is occurring, without appraising it as good or bad but to know it in its fullness; minimize the effects of daily stress; feel calmer and less reactive in the face of everyday challenges; problem-solve more effectively and flexibly; and develop compassion for yourself and others.
“There’s so much research out there now on the benefits of mindfulness that it should be considered a part of mainstream medicine.”
— Suzana MaKowski, MD, Director, Paliative Care, UMass Medical
MBSR can be especially helpful for those with:
- Chronic pain
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Maladaptive patterns
- Suffering due to a personal loss
- Anyone who wants to be more alive and awake to their own lives
The explosion of new science in neuro-psychology is telling us something that 30 years of MBSR groups have already shown: that stuck patterns need not be set in stone, that our brains are amazingly resilient, and that even the most engrained attitudes can soften, relax, and be transformed.
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