Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

An invitation to move toward greater balance, control and participation in your life...

World wide, tens of thousands of people have accepted this invitation. They are a lot like you, and they’ve learned to integrate into their everyday lives the principles of mindfulness based stress reduction.

Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the course report:
• An increased ability to relax
• Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
• Improved self-esteem
• An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.

We call our approach mindfulness-based stress reduction or MBSR...

Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.

In contrast, you’ve probably encountered moments of “mindlessness” — a loss of awareness resulting in forgetfulness, separation from self, and a sense of living mechanically. Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul. Mindfulness-based stress reduction is intended to ignite this inner capacity and infuse your life with awareness.

Reawakening to what you already are...

Fortunately, mindfulness is not something that you have to “get” or acquire. It is already within you — a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be released and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing.

People participate for reasons as diverse as...
• Stress — school, social, career, family or financial
• Chronic pain and illness
• Anxiety and panic
• GI distress
• Sleep disturbances
• Fatigue
• Headaches

--from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, UMass Medical School