MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM (MBSR)

Have you ever had the experience of physically arriving at a destination without being able to recall the journey there? So busy attending to the constant thoughts in your head that you are not aware of what is actually happening in the present moment?

Mindfulness is a way of taking back your life.  It is the practice of paying wise attention to whatever is happening in your life, moment-to-moment, without judgment.  This way of paying attention is healing.  It reduces stress by helping you to access your own inner resources for coping, growing, learning, and living fully.

WHAT IS THE MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM [MBSR]

It is an eight week class originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School over 30 years ago to develop skills that can be used in everyday life to manage stress, pain and illness. It is now offered in hundreds of hospitals and clinical settings in the U.S. and around the world. Learn more about MBSR at the University of MA Center for Mindfulness.

In this Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program , you will learn mindfulness skills in a safe, supportive, deeply engaging group learning environment. Through meditation, simple hatha yoga, interactive exercises, and group discussion, you will develop self-regulatory skills and insights to reduce stress symptoms and deepen well-being. You will learn how to finely tune your attention to thoughts, emotions and physical sensations—increasing awareness, and mobilizing  inner resources for changing attitudes and behavior.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF MBSR AND MEDITATION?

Brain scans before and after 8 weeks of MBSR reveal physiological changes in regions of the brain—a thickening of the cerebral cortex, associated with higher order reasoning and empathy, and a reduction in the amygdala, from which stress and reactivity originates.  Health benefits of MBSR include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced medical symptoms
  • Improved immune system function
  • Improved mental health
  • Decreased stress hormones
  • Improved sleep patterns

Review published research supporting the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation:

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM MBSR?

Those experiencing stress, and/or anxiety related to work, finances, school, family, aging, or grief; those who are facing or recovering from surgery, experiencing chronic illness, pain, panic, fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, and the feeling that their life is “out of control”.

HOW IS THE PROGRAM STRUCTURED?

Those interested in the MBSR program are invited to attend a pre-program orientation session, free of charge.  This session will provide an opportunity to ask questions, sample an exercise in mindfulness, meet the instructor, and determine if this program is right for you. Classes then meet for 2.5 hours/week for 8 consecutive weeks.  You will be required to attend all classes and to practice daily home assignments for 45-60 minutes per day.

WHAT IS THE FEE?

The MBSR program is a self-pay program offering 25 hours of direct instruction plus course materials.  The fee is $400 per person.  Materials include a workbook and 6 guided meditation CDs.  Meditation cushions and yoga mats are provided free of charge.

WHERE WILL THE CLASSES MEET?

All classes will meet at South Shore Family Health Collaborative, 1212 Hancock Street, Suite 205, Quincy, 02169.

HOW DO I REGISTER? 

You may register for the orientation session by emailing the instructor: stanamg@me.com.  Registration for the MBSR program will take place at the orientation session.

 2013-2014 MBSR CALENDAR SCHEDULE

Summer session
Orientation                                    6:30-9:00 PM June 5, 2014
MBSR classes                                6:30-9:00 PM June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 2014

QUESTIONS??

The MBSR Instructor for this course is Stana Gnatovich. To learn more about the mindfulness program at South Shore Family Health Collaborative please email stanamg@me.com.