The MBSR (Mindfulness Stress Reduction) course is an eight-week immersion in mindfulness, allowing the participants to build a habit of regular meditation practice. It’s training your mind in dealing with recurring stress, overload of thoughts, chronic fatigue or states of anxiety.
The MBSR program was created in the 70’s by a professor of medicine Jon Kabat Zinn at his Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts. The effectiveness of the course has been confirmed by numerous studies conducted by Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues over the last 30 years.
During the 8 week course, participants learn basic mindfulness techniques to experience the awareness of the body through body scan and mindful movement, and the awareness of breath, thoughts and emotions by practicing several types of sitting meditation. The program also includes exercises that help us notice our thinking patterns and mind tendencies which make us operate in the autopilot mode.
Classes are held once a week and each meeting lasts 2.5 hours. Every week participants get homework which is a daily practice of a given technique. Everyone receives recordings with meditations and materials with exercises. In addition to getting acquainted with mindfulness techniques, each class focuses on different topics regarding our everyday functioning, coping with stress, or implementing in our life what we learn during the meetings.
The course is for anyone who:
- suffers from chronic physical pain
- has recurring migraines
- experiences states of anxiety
- has problems with sleeping
- goes through a stressful period in life / at work
- wants to broaden their self-awareness and awareness of the body
- is eager to learn how to deal with stress
- wants to learn meditation and make it their routine
Before each edition of the course there will be a free open meeting introducing to mindfulness.
Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns…We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small.