What Is Mindfulness-based stress reduction?

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We are currently running funded MBSR courses – click here for details
MBSR is an eight-week secular (non-religious) programme devised by Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre which has been internationally approved by the medical community.

Its popularity and effectiveness has recently led to the Mental Health Foundation in the UK launching a campaign to increase access to and awareness of, mindfulness-based course (www.bemindful.co.uk).

Anyone who wishes to learn to take better care of themselves and is prepared to engage in the maintenance of their health and general well-being will benefit from engaging in an MBSR course.

Research has shown, however, that MBSR courses are of particular help to people suffering from stress, anxiety, panic states, depression, hypertension, insomnia, chronic illness and pain. More specifically the evidence base has also revealed it to be particularly effective in the following conditions: fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, cancer and health-care-provider self-care.

MBSR courses can help us develop greater awareness of the way the mind works, and learn how to cultivate new and effective ways of handling challenging feelings and physical sensations.

Often when we feel anxious or depressed. It is because we have been “swept away” by our thoughts and are either thinking about the past or worrying about the future. We may also have got into the habit of attempting to “fix” our problems by avoiding difficult feelings and clinging to pleasant sensations, which often increases the feelings of stress and anxiety rather than alleviating them.

By practicing mindfulness meditation techniques, and learning to live in the present we can learn to override this “autopilot” which often leads our mind away from the here-and-now, and replace these habitual thought patterns with the ability to direct our thoughts appropriately and respond to any difficulties and challenges we may be experiencing with choice, awareness and insight.

Each course consists of an orientation session, eight-weekly two hour sessions and a days retreat. You will also receive a CD and course booklet to guide you in your practice at home, which is an integral part of the course.

By practicing in the sessions and at home, you will gradually learn, through various meditation techniques and discussions to integrate mindfulness practice into your every day life. By the end of the course you will have learnt to:

  • Let go of negative thought patterns.
  • Stay in touch with the present moment.
  • Become a better listener.
  • Develop more positive and helpful responses to stress, depression, anxiety and physical discomfort.
  • Distinguish subjective thoughts from objective facts.
  • Incorporate simple meditation techniques into your daily routines, which through regular practice will help you to change your outlook and transform your lives for the better.
MBSR course dates

Please visit our meditation classes page for MBSR course dates.

MBSR course dates