MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) is a program
developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. at the University of MassachusettsMedical Center. Since the 1970s, he and his colleagues have helped more than 10,000 people with a range of conditions including heart disease, cancer, AIDS, chronic fatigue, stress-related gastrointestinal problems, headaches, high blood pressure, sleep disorders, depression and anxiety. MBSR has also been used as an effective treatment for substance abuse. The 8 week course follows a psycho-educational experiential model, teaching people to not necessarily block out or try to change symptoms, but rather adjust the way they experience them. This approach has shown especially beneficial with people for whom medication and other conventional therapies have failed to show positive results.
MBSR draws heavily from Vipassana Buddhist meditation which emphasizes
the practice of focused attention throughout our daily lives. Although its roots are in Buddhism, MBSR was designed specifically as a non-theological approach to meditation. This allows the focus to be about the meditative process, not religious content.
The methods of cultivating mindful attention that are
taught in MBSR, work perfectly in conjunction with practices such as
taijichuan, qigong and yoga. Together they can help lay the foundation
for a dynamic and depth-oriented, mind and body practice.
I first became involved with MBSR as a graduate student in my clinical psychology program and have facilitated groups with varied focuses such as work stress, substance abuse and depression. I have received formal training from Bob Stahl Ph.D. in facilitating this 8 week course as defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Upcoming groups will be announced at a later date.
Dr. Kabat-Zinn's program was featured on Bill Moyer's, "Healing and the Mind" on PBS. You may also follow the link below to access the University of Massachusetts website:
Jon Kabat-Zinn speaking at Google in Mt. View, CA. (2007): kabat-zinn/google Bob Stahl is a leading instructor in MBSR training and workshops with whom I've received formal instructor training in MBSR. Below is a link to his video introducing MBSR and also a link to his website: Bob Stahl's website: information and resources
The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society
at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is dedicated to
furthering the practice and integration of mindfulness in the lives of
individuals, institutions, and in society through a wide range of
clinical, research, education, and outreach initiatives in the public
and private sector.
The Stress Reduction Program, founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, has been featured in the Bill Moyers’ PBS documentary Healing and The Mind, on NBC Dateline, on ABC’s Chronicle and in various national print media and is the subject of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s best selling book, Full Catastrophe Living and Saki Santorelli’s book, Heal Thy Self.
Since its inception, more than 13,000 people have completed our
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 central focus of the Clinic is
intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its integration into
the challenges/adventures of everyday life.