Benefits of Mindfulness
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Mindfulness—A Medically Sound Practice for Learning, Growing and Healing
In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts to bring a form of meditation known as mindfulness into the medical mainstream. Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay attention to whatever is happening in your life that allows you a greater sense of connection to your life inwardly and outwardly. Mindfulness is also a practice, a systematic method aimed at cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. In the context of your health, mindfulness is a way for you to experientially learn to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and mobilizing your own inner resources for coping, growing, and healing.
Nearly three decades of scientific research at medical centers all over the world suggest that training in mindfulness and MBSR can positively and often profoundly affect participants' ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.
We Call Our Approach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Since its inception, more than 20,000 people have completed the MBSR training program. They have been referred by more than 5,000 physicians, by hundreds of other health care professionals, and through self-referral. These participants have been strongly motivated to do something for themselves—something no one else can do for them—by learning to draw upon their inner resources and natural capacity for greater health as well as balance, ease, and peace of mind.
The MBSR Online Course is the only complete online training in MBSR and follows the same, well-respected method taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This eight-week course offers the curriculum and methodology developed by Jon-Kabat Zinn and is taught by Center for Mindfulness director Dr. Saki Santorelli, and senior instructor Florence Meleo-Meyer.
An Invitation to Move Toward Greater Balance, Control, and Participation in Your Life
Across the world, people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and beliefs have accepted this invitation. They are a lot like you, and they've learned to integrate the methods developed at the Center for Mindfulness into their everyday lives. More than two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the MBSR curriculum report:
Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.
In contrast, you've probably encountered moments of "mindlessness"—a loss of awareness resulting in forgetfulness, separation from self, and a sense of living mechanically. Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well-being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is intended to ignite this inner capacity and infuse your life with awareness.
Reawakening to What You Already Are
Mindfulness is not something that you have to "get" or acquire. It is already within you—a deep internal resource available and patiently waiting to be released and used in the service of learning, growing, and healing. While the practices have been adapted from classical Buddhist meditation and yoga traditions, MBSR is a secular, scientifically-informed approach that operates in harmony with any belief system or spiritual background.
MBSR has benefited people reporting a variety of conditions and concerns:
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is highly respected within the medical community. It is not offered as an alternative to traditional medical and psychological treatments but as a complement to these approaches. Our experiences over nearly three decades suggest that doing what you can for yourself, coupled with what your physician can do for you, can be far more effective than either approach on its own.
A Life-Affirming Course in Conscious Living
The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long class. This highly participatory, practical course presented by Dr. Saki Santorelli and senior instructor Florence Meleo-Meyer includes:
All participants will also receive two free gifts:
All materials in this course will be yours to keep—you can return to any previous session at any time to refresh your experience.
A Training with Benefits that Last a Lifetime
Since its inception, tens of thousands of people have completed the 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 MBSR Online Course brings you the complete intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its integration into the challenges and adventures of everyday life.
"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."
Self-Guided Video Course:
|Contents||Live online video, Video downloads, Audio downloads|
|Date Published||October 14, 2013|
|Product Codes||4221, p4221, ap04221|
|Contents||30 CE credits|
|Date Published||October 14, 2013|
|Product Codes||4238, ce04238, ce04238|