The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is dedicated to exploring, understanding, articulating, and furthering mindfulness in the lives of individuals, organizations, and communities through clinical care, rigorous scientific research, professional education and training, and informed policy and public discourse.
The Stress Reduction Clinic (SRC), founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, is the place of origin of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). In continuous operation for 34 years, the SRC has been featured in Bill Moyers’ PBS documentary Healing and the Mind, on NBC’s Dateline, on ABC’s Chronicle and in various national print media and is the subject of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s bestselling book, Full Catastrophe Living and Saki Santorelli’s book, Heal Thy Self.
Since its inception, more than 20,000 people have completed our eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and learned how to use their innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness. The central focus of the Clinic is relatively intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its integration into the challenges/adventures of everyday life. This same program is now available online—the complete MBSR training that continue to enhance the lives of tens of thousands of people world-wide.
Testimonials from users of MBSR:
“The Stress Reduction Program became my lifeline—it literally saved my life. One can find peace and calm in the middle of chaos and confusion.”
“The techniques I learned, particularly meditation, have proven so powerful and helpful.”
“I never thought once I started living in constant pain that I would ever be able to have peace of mind and enjoy life again. Thank you for proving me wrong.”
“I became aware that when I was acting on impulse, I could stop and not just react. It changed my life.”
“Thanks UMass, for one of the best gifts I’ve ever received…Real tools for a healthy, vibrant, mindful life.”
“This is the first time I have been relatively pain-free in five years.”
“The problems and issues haven’t gone away, but the way I choose to handle them has changed… I feel so much more positive about this life.”
“The program at UMass has opened doors to a more productive day for me. My concentration levels are up, my stress is more controlled, and the need to seek a level of balance in my life has been met.”