A free offering from the Loran Smith Center, Piedmont Athens Regional
(workshop starts Monday, September 9, 2019)
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) workshop provides guidelines and practices for bringing mindfulness to stress/suffering that we all experience in life. MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts in 1979. It is one of the most effective and researched stress reduction workshops available today. MBSR is taught and researched at US medical centers, universities, and elsewhere throughout the world. And the MBSR workshop is available in the spring and fall at the Loran Smith Center, Piedmont Athens Regional at 240 Talmadge Drive, Athens, GA 30606. The next MBSR workshop starts on September 9, 2019. (Individual sessions are also available.) More about MBSR at https://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/
Mindfulness is at the heart of MBSR
Key Aspects – Mindfulness involves training in attention, awareness, concentration, and compassion: Attention – where you focus your mind; Concentration – the ability to stay focused on one object, one-pointedness. Awareness – another way of knowing that is non-cognitive, it is experiential. Awareness is the mind’s ability to know, in the present moment that is, not being caught-up in thoughts of the future or thoughts of the past; to “be here, now.”
Mindfulness brings a gentle, curious attention to whatever arises in mind and body as you rest in awareness. You just observe the sensations themselves, as they arise moment by moment with nothing added. As a result, you come to know and understand yourself in a deeper, experiential way. Compassion deepens as you come to understand the conditions of the present moment and as that understanding and compassion deepens for yourself, it is easier to extend compassion to others. Keep in mind, as with developing any art or skill, mindfulness requires practice and patience.
Mindfulness practice allows you to respond rather than react to stressful situations. Reactions are often automatic, unconscious, and habitual. Whereas responses are conscious choices arising from mindfulness – perception, appraisal, awareness of what is actually happening in the moment. This process results in not identifying as closely with your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, which in-turn loosens attachment to them, allowing space for conscious, often creative options or choices to surface.
Benefits of developing a mindfulness practice – paying attention, both through formal and mindfulness in everyday activities allows you to:
Change your relationship to stress, anxiety, anger, fear, sadness, grief, etc.
- See more clearly – with fewer perceptual filers
- Be less reactive and more responsive – allowing space/time for conscious and creative choices
- Gain insights- identifying skillful and unskillful patterns of behavior, speech, etc.
- Know yourself more deeply, fully
- Open the door to inner wisdom
- Develop a calm peacefulness/ a reservoir of peace and energy
- Be more compassionate with self and others
In summary, to realize greater health and happiness personally and professionally
Research on Mindfulness – MBSR is considered the “gold standard” for mindfulness studies. For peer reviewed journal articles on mindfulness research – visit http://www.goamra.org – the American Mindfulness Research Association.
Mindfulness Practice Evening is a Free Offering for the Community – that meets the second Friday of each month from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. We explore different aspects of mindfulness through discussions and practices. There is no charge and parking is free. All are welcome – whether you are just curious about mindfulness and its benefits or have a regular practice. Held at the Healing Lodge, next to the Loran Smith Center, Piedmont Athens Regional, at 240 Talmadge Dr., Athens, GA 30606. For questions please contact Mike Healy at www.MindfuLiving.org. Free parking. No pre-registration.
The Dedicated Mindfulness Practitioners Group meets each Saturday from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to practice and discuss your mindfulness practice. These two free mindfulness practice opportunities and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshop (details below) are held at the Healing Lodge, next to the Loran Smith Center, Piedmont Athens Regional, at 240 Talmadge Dr., Athens, GA 30606. For questions contact Jasey Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free parking. No pre-registration.
These mindfulness practice opportunities and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction workshop (details below) are held at the Healing Lodge, next to the Loran Smith Center, Piedmont Athens Regional, at 240 Talmadge Dr., Athens, GA 30606