Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an innovative eight-week course designed to help you reduce stress and improve your quality of life. The practice of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is highly respected in the medical community today. This course, modeled after the courses that have been offered at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for more than 30 years, consists of a free introductory class followed by eight weekly classes and one day-long workshop.
This highly participatory course includes:
– Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
– Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
– Group Dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
– Daily home practice, including guided meditations
– Five meditation CD’s and a home practice manual
– Free Introduction Course: Friday, January 13; 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
– Eight-Week Course: Fridays, January 27 through March 17; 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
– Joint Day-Long Retreat: Saturday, March 4; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The cost of the eight-week class series plus the daylong retreat is $550. Some scholarship is available; please contact Stan Eisenstein to apply.
What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an innovative eight-week program, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, that assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions, and promote healthy living. MBSR has been highly researched since its onset in 1979, and research strongly supports its effectiveness in improving difficulties in multiple areas of health and wellness. This program can be engaged in as a complement to current medical care, as well as for promotion of health and well-being.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose to present-moment experiences (body sensations, emotions, thoughts) in a relaxed and non-judging way. Intentional present-moment awareness, developed through mindfulness meditation practices, helps us experience whatever is happening in our life as it unfolds with curiosity, non-judging attention, and compassion for ourselves and others. Engaging with our life in this manner helps us to become more skillful and creative in our responses, while gaining insight into how to free ourselves from habitual patterns of reacting.
About this Course
This course, modeled after the courses that have been offered at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for more than 30 years, consists of a free introductory class followed by eight weekly classes and one day-long workshop.
About the Instructor
Stan Eisenstein, MSW, is the founder and principal teacher of the Columbia Insight Meditation Group. He is an affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and a graduate of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute with lead teacher Tara Brach. Stan also trained in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. Stan has been meditating for more than 25 years.
To learn more about Stan, and read what some of his students have to say about him and his MBSR course, go to www.mindfulresources.net