What is MBSR?

The MBSR approach to stress reduction was developed over 30 years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMMS Stress Reduction Clinic. He pioneered the integration of mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine and health care. Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is now highly regarded within the medical community.

The heart of this healing approach is based on a form of meditation called “mindfulness”. Mindfulness is a basic human capacity, a way of learning to be aware of whatever is happening in your body, heart and mind that fosters a greater sense of connection to every aspect of your life.

Through mindfulness training, you learn to relate directly to whatever occurs in your experience and thus take control of your own life. Mindfulness is a simple method for systematically tackling your own physical and emotional distress as well as the stressful demands of modern life.  One of the greatest gifts of mindfulness is an increased sense of self-reliance and greater personal freedom.

We all experience moments of “mindlessness” throughout the day, when we are forgetful, lose our awareness, operate on automatic, and feel disconnected from ourselves.  Cultivating awareness can help you re-establish a sense of balance and well-being within yourself.  Through the practice of mindfulness, you will awaken this natural facility and instill your life with greater awareness.

Releasing an inner wellspring of awareness

Fortunately, the capacity for mindfulness already exists within each and everyone of us.  It’s not something new that you have to obtain from outside, but an inner wellspring of awareness waiting to be tapped and utilized in your own process of healing and personal growth.

Mindfulness is cultivated through systematic practice using proven methods that help you connect with your body, mind, and emotions.  Greater clarity and understanding emerge as you gradually master the practice. These methods are introduced step-by-step through guided meditations that show you how to connect with and better relate to physical sensations, feelings and thoughts.