|In this full 8 -week course plus, you will learn new ways to reduce stress and emotional reactivity as you improve attention and concentration and strengthen the mind/body connection. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn and has been featured on 60 Minutes. This is an excellent opportunity to learn in a deep way to incorporate the principles of mindfulness into your life with the support of a qualified mindfulness instructor. Learn more and sign up below or call 706-887-7005 for more information.|
The eight-week MBSR course is not currently scheduled at this time.
Individual Mindfulness Education Sessions are available. (Learn more)
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an approach to learning to be more mindful that was started in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical school. It is an 8 week course that utilizes a variety of mindfulness exercises to allow participants to cultivate their capacity to be more mindful. The course is intended to help participants cope better with stress, and physical illness as well as reduce anxiety and depression. It also has the potential benefit of enabling one to live life more fully with deeper awareness and presence. MBSR consists of two and a half to three-hour classes and a day-long retreat between the sixth and seventh class. Each class has an educational component, discussions among participants and time to practice formal mindfulness practices. These practices involve awareness of breath, body, feelings and thoughts. There is also approximately 45 minutes of home practice, six nights a week which involves practicing various awareness exercises including awareness of breath, guided body scan and guided mindful movement using simple yoga postures. Participants incorporate awareness practices into their daily activities such as showering, walking, or cooking. The overall aim of the program is to help participants begin to live with greater awareness of present moment experience, reduce stress and generally live life more fully.
Reduction of Stress
MBSR can reduce the impact of stress by increasing our understanding how we typically react to stress in the mind and the body and offering new ways to respond. It can give us the space to reflect on what is happening and to choose our response rather than automatically reacting based solely on past conditioning.
Mind/ Body connection
As we spend much of our day focused on mental tasks, it is easy to lose connection with our bodies. MBSR teaches skills that allow us to reconnect with the experience of being. This can allow us to learn to rest more deeply and respond more intelligently to our bodies’ needs.
Attention and concentration
Chronic stress can negatively impact memory and thinking. Mindfulness practices can reduce the effects of stress and enhance the ability to focus attention. Studies have also associated mindfulness practice with improved executive functioning and attention regulation.
Being present for life
When we go through life on automatic pilot, living in our heads, so much of life can pass us by unnoticed. Mindfulness practices can allow us to intentionally be present for the simple things in life. By being more present we may have more of a sense of being truly alive.
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You may learn more about MBSR courses from the video below which was developed by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.
University of Massachuchetts Center for Mindfulness and the benefits of MBSR
|Mr. Kendrick completed the 8 week MBSR course ,the 9 day Practicum in MBSR, the 7 day Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine residential training taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and the 8 day MBSR Teacher Development Intensive. He also completed the 5 day residential training through UC San Diego led by MBCT co-founder, Zindel Segal. He has a daily mindfulness practice and has participated in retreats focusing on the cultivation of mindfulness including ones led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Bob Stahl, Florence Meleo-Meyer,and Thich Nhat Hanh.|