ARE THERE RECOGNIZED BENEFITS TO THE PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS?
The practice of mindfulness offers benefits in a wide range of physical and psychological conditions, as well as enhancing resilience and performance in stressful situations.
Research over the past 50 years shows that the regular practice of mindfulness relieves stress and improves health through identifiable mind/body interactions.
HOW IS MINDFULNESS DIFFERENT FROM MEDITATION?
Mindfulness is an approach to living that means paying attention, on purpose, with an open,
non-judgmental attitude to your experience in the moment. Meditation is the formal practice of cultivating mindfulness through training your attention along with an open, accepting awareness of your present moment experience. Mindfulness means "waking up", and is like a lens which helps you see life clearly as it unfolds. It is not simply a technique for training concentration or helping you relax, although it may do both.
WHAT IS THE BASIC STRUCTURE OF THE MBSR COURSE?
The 8 week course includes 22 hours instruction in a supportive group setting offering an engaging experience with mindfulness, reinforced with 30-60 minutes of daily home practice of techniques learned in class. MBSR is designed to help you develop a familiarity with mindfulness allowing you to recognize its unique benefits to you. An in-depth look at the MBSR course can be found in the PBS documentary from Bill Moyers' "Healing and the Mind" series at:
IS MINDFULNESS RELIGIOUS?
Mindfulness is an innate human capacity cultivated through meditation. Meditation is a practice found in most major religions and cultures worldwide. Mindfulness is also the name given to the practice taught by the Buddha as a reliable way of relieving suffering through insight into the nature of the mind. Mindfulness is not religious. It involves practice, not belief. Mindfulness was introduced into healthcare by Jon Kabat-Zinn through the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program developed in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It is now offered at leading hospitals and integrative medical centers worldwide. https://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/mindfulness-based-programs/mbsr-courses/about-mbsr/history-of-mbsr/