Frequently Asked Questions
The author of MBSR Jon Kabat Zinn established 8 weeks as an appropriate time of the programme since the research showed that after this time there are visible changes in the brains of the meditators and the participants can reap the greatest benefits from it. Additionally, one of the goals of MBSR is that every participant builds a habit of regular mindfulness practice and this becomes much easier when you do that with a support of the group for two months in a row.
Yes, in order to make the most of this time, it is good to mediate every day – these are the recommendations and this is when the programme makes sense. Obviously, if you skip the practice once or twice a week, nothing happens, yet you should remember that regularity is crucial in mindfulness practice.
Many people taking part in this programme are highly impatient, which, to a large extend, contributes to the stress they experience. The mindfulness practice teaches you patience in a very pleasant and digestible way. The impatient people often say that 30mins in meditation feels like 10mins because thanks to the training, they know how to calm their restless mind.
Yes! In mindfulness, meditation is treated as a training of the mind. Mindfulness is fully deprived of any religious or philosophical elements. The subject of the course is the mind – the way it works and how it influences our lives.
It’s ok to skip a session. If it happens, I will brief you on what we did during the session, what practices we had and what the weekly home practice is. You will be able to read about the session’s topic in participants handbook. There is also a possibility to come to this particular session during future MBSR Programmes I will be guiding either in person or online.
It is recommended not to miss more than 2 sessions during the whole programme !
The maximum number of people is 6-8. I work with small groups as I believe that only then every participant can make the most of the programme and is not overwhelmed by a large number of people.
The date of the retreat day will be agreed upon with the entire group. It will happen between session 6 and 8 and it will be a weekend day. Thr group will decide if that will be an in person event or an online one.