Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body approach to living that assists us in relating to our experiences with greater serenity and clarity. It involves paying attention to the present moment in a way that can increase awareness and effectively mobilize our own inner resources to cope, heal and grow.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an 8-week course in mindful living, was developed in the late 70’s by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. MBSR has been found to positively and often profoundly affect participants’ ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.
Over two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the MBSR curriculum report:
*Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
*Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
*An increased ability to relax and cope with stressful situations
*Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain
In this one and a half-hour session, participants will be introduced to a working definition of mindfulness, an overview of the development of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, how we develop our capacity to be more mindful, its empirically-supported benefits and an overview of the 8-week course.
This free introduction serves as the orientation for the 8-week MBSR Course that will be offered at Unity on the Plaza beginning in late April. This free class or a private interview with the instructor is required if you wish to take the 8-week MBSR Course.
About the Teacher: Amy Zoe Schonhoff is a qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and received her training through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School. Having benefited from a personal mindfulness practice for over twenty years, she knows the deeply transformative shifts that can occur when we develop our capacity to live more in our present moment experience.
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