The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it. - Charles R. Swindoll
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. It came about through his personal meditation practice and belief as a scientist that the mind–body connection was important to patient care. The program was created as an adjunct to medicine to teach mindfulness, including yoga, to anyone, regardless of age, condition or vocation.
This eight-week, nine-session workshop involves intensive training in mindfulness meditation and mindful hatha yoga. It is designed to guide MBSR participants in the “how” of learning to practice, integrate, and apply mindfulness in their everyday lives.
The primary intention of the MBSR curriculum is to create a structured pathway to relieve suffering (stress) and increase well-being for people facing challenges arising from a wide range of medical and psychological conditions and the demands and stressors inherent in our everyday lives.
The MBSR curriculum is highly experiential and teaches both formal and informal mindfulness practices. It is based on the recognition that our innate and ever-present awareness is the foundation for developing healthy behaviours, psychological and emotional resilience, and an overarching sense of well-being that can be effectively developed and relied upon throughout our lives.
In this way, mindfulness is not something that you “get” or acquire but is already within you—a deep internal resource that you can always tap into, in the service of growing, coping and healing.
MBSR is the most widely researched mindfulness intervention program in the world. Research evidence suggests that MBSR is helpful for: