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." 

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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

you more). 

 

  • 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.  

 

Click here to see when and where Kim will facilitate the next MBSR course. Please contact her if you have any questions about the program, she would be happy to discuss the course with you. 

 

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