MaineHealth is pleased to welcome Susan Ahern as Vice President of Innovation, a new systemwide role responsible for planning and development of the MaineHealth Innovation Center.Read More
Mindfulness Class FAQSince 1979, more than 22,000 people have completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR). Created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR is now taught by qualified professionals including our instructor, Mary Bitterauf. By participating in an MBSR program, you will learn how develop meditation skills to help you manage pain, promote health and wellness and develop a more positive response to stress. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from people who are interested in participating in an MBSR program.
Classes start at different times throughout the year.
You can check our class registration system to see if there is one coming up that fits your schedule.
Yes. Watch this video on the science behind mindfulness
Mindfulness is a practice of present moment awareness. Mindfulness increases ability to see things as they arise clearly without judgment. Mindfulness facilitates both focusing and widening our attention as we become aware of ourselves and the world around us. The “goal” is to be more fully present in our lives.
There are many types of contemplative practices and we encourage exploration of practices that allow people to increase their well-being. Many other contemplative practices have a specific focus such as building concentration, one-pointed awareness, or a relationship with a higher power. If mindfulness does not match your interest you may wish to explore other forms of contemplative practices.