In the yoga and meditation world, it is not always clear what people mean when they say “mindfulness.” There are many approaches to mindfulness, many of them valid, but my inner scientist wants details, definitions, and proof. I am choosing the MBSR model because it helps me, and I’m optimistic it can help you, too!
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) method is continually being developed by clinicians and physicians at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Offered at medical centres and hospitals all over the world, it’s considered by many to be the gold-standard of prescribed meditation practice. The flag-ship program is 8-weeks, with enough time and guided support to develop a solid personal practice. We talk about perception, stress and stress-reactivity, increasing choices and improved communication. There is experiential learning with a variety of formal and informal awareness and movement practices. You can expect new coping skills and confidence about where to take it next.
Accessible: MBSR takes the religion out of mindfulness, while remaining flexible for those who want to integrate their personal and spiritual beliefs with their practice. MBSR provides structure, while allowing you to make it your own.
Universal: With MBSR, practicing mindfulness becomes less intimidating. There’s no need for special skills or fancy accessories. Everyone is welcome to try this straightforward, simple approach.
Proven: With thousands of scientific studies done on the efficacy of the 8-week program for everything from anxiety to depression to psoriasis to living with chronic pain, scientific integrity is built into the program. I feel confident recommending MBSR to my clients, and I invite you to give it a try.
MBSR can be accessed directly from UMass: https://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/mindfulness-based-programs/mbsr-courses/about-mbsr/
For questions, to learn more about MBSR, upcoming courses, or to book a free consultation, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org