Mindfulness, in essence, is a highly refined, systematic “attentional” strategy aimed at developing both calmness of mind and body.
Mindfulness develops deep insight into an array of mental and physical conditions that inhibit one’s capacity to respond effectively and pro-actively in demanding, highly charged situations, as well as in more commonplace everyday activities. Mindfulness, our innate capacity to flexibly and fluidly pay attention from moment-to-moment, is a universal human capacity. The mindfulness-based stress reduction program is interactive and seeks to engage you in practical activities to enhance learning.
University of Massachusetts
This program is based on the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program has been successfully utilized with appropriate modifications in a number of other medical centers, as well as non-medical settings such as schools, professional programs, athletic training programs, prisons, and the workplace worldwide.
Founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, the Stress Reduction Clinic has been featured in the Bill Moyer’s’ PBS documentary Healing and the Mind, on NBC Dateline, on ABC’s Chronicle and in various national print media and is the subject of Kabat-Zinn’s best-selling book, Full Catastrophe Living and Saki Santorelli’s Heal Thy Self. Since the inception of MBSR, more than 16,000 people have completed the eight-week program at the University of Massachusetts Stress Reduction Clinic, and many others have completed the program at 200 centers worldwide.
Published Research Results
Published research from the Stress Reduction Clinic documents that a majority of participants report a lasting decrease in both physical and psychological symptoms. The majority of participants report an increased ability to relax, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, an increased ability to cope more effectively with both short-term and long-term stressful situations, as well as major positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors. Pain levels also improve and people learn to cope better with chronic pain. In addition, the perception of self, self in relationship to others and self in relationship to the larger environment is experienced with more clarity and understanding. These findings are consistent with a larger body of both quantitative and qualitative research on the effects of meditation.