Mindfulness, Meditation & MBSR
Chances are that you've heard something about mindfulness over the last few years. It seems to be somewhat of a buzzword these days. If you're not familiar with the term, Jon Kabat-Zinn
(one of the people credited with bringing mindfulness to the 'Western World') defines it as:
"Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."
Meditation: It's not escapism.
Meditation is quite the opposite of "escaping reality" or "zoning out". Meditation gives us a chance to experience what is here at this very moment.
Body sensations, emotions, feelings and thoughts are often overlooked because we are so focused on getting stuff done. We are on auto pilot much of the time, not really sure what we are thinking and feeling.
It's not often that we sit down and check in with ourselves by just being with ourselves and our experience. We don't often allow ourselves to really enjoy what is here right now.
You don't have to spend hours every day
meditating to see improvements in your thinking patterns and stress levels.
If there is one thing
that you can do to
greatly improve your
health and well-being, it's
to sit down even for a few
minutes a day and really be
present in your life.
Mindfulness: Not just a passing fad.
There are lots of ways that we can bring more mindfulness into our daily lives, and it doesn't cost you anything (in fact, not doing it may cost
When you walk
up a flight of stairs feel
your feet on each stair and
notice how your body moves.
Brush your teeth, talk to your
partner, hug your child, walk in nature
or eat your dinner as if you have never
done it before.
Find a few activities during the day that
you can do without thinking about something
else. Focus on the task at hand without
judging it as "good" or "bad". If you can do
that, you are already being mindful.
"Mindfulness isn't difficult, we just
need to remember to do it" - Sharon Salzberg
MBSR: Exploring being "Human"
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a course designed to bring more awareness to our daily living. It can give you a better understanding of yourself and the world around you. It can help open up a world of new possibilities and help you get "unstuck", feel less overwhelmed by life, and change your relationship with stress.
Utilizing mindfulness, meditation and an atmosphere of group learning in a secular (non-religious) way, it is more than a series of strategies or tools; MBSR can produce a lifestyle shift.
MBSR is an 8-week course created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD nearly 40 years ago and has been taught worldwide. It is considered the gold standard of research-based mindfulness trainings.