Why MBSR?

Are you suffering from high level stress, pain or other health challenges?
Would you like a greater sense of control over your health and well-being?
Could you benefit from developing coping strategies to handle difficult experiences with more grace and ease?
Would healthier relationships at home and at work make your life more enjoyable?
Do you want to learn to let go of judgment of yourself and others, be more compassionate toward yourself, family, friends and co-workers?
Are you yearning to awaken from living on autopilot and to lead a more conscious life?
How would life look if you could build your concentration to focus better and sustain attention where you want it?

MBSR could be for you.

Mindfulness practice helps us to become more deeply present to our bodies, thoughts and feelings in a less judgmental and reactive way.

People participate for reasons as diverse as — chronic pain, heart disease, cancer, depression, anxiety and panic, GI distress, high blood pressure, asthma, sleeping or eating disturbances, fibromyalgia and substance abuse. High level stress, burnout or a desire to take a more proactive role in promoting one’s well-being are also common motivations for attending this course.

unnamed (1)More than three decades of scientific research and published studies on mindfulness support that training in MBSR can significantly effect one’s ability to decrease physical symptoms and psychological suffering while learning to live more fully.

More than simply “stress reduction,” people learn and refine a range of formal and informal mindful awareness practices that improve coping ability and resilience including: self-regulatory skills (and how these are applied in everyday life), working with difficult and unpleasant emotion, recognizing and addressing unskillful habitual cognitive patterns, being with “what is” with greater equanimity and less reactivity.

Additionally, the majority of people who complete an MBSR course consistently report and demonstrate numerous lasting benefits including:

  • increased ability to relax and cope with stressful situations
  • decreased emotional reactivity
  • reductions in pain levels and enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • improved ability to focus and sustain attention where desired
  • strengthened immune response
  • improved self reported positive affect
  • increase in brain activity associated with positive mood states

Along this path people learn how to mobilize their own internal resources in the service of learning, growing and healing. The path requires a commitment and dedication to oneself and one’s health, nothing else is required.

You start where you are, no prior experience necessary. Attend one of our free introductory sessions and begin your journey!