What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
Mindfulness is about developing a moment to moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations – without judging. In short, mindfulness is about being fully present in our lives rather than living in the past or the future. Research shows that the practice of mindfulness meditation can reduces stress, boost the immune system, strengthen areas in the brain that improve focus and attention skills, and help reduce anxiety and depression. The 8-week, medically evidenced based program, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide.
MBSR Classes We Offer
Introduction to Mindfulness
Join us for this informative session on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program. You will learn how developing meditation skills through the 8-week program can help you to manage pain, promote health and wellness, and develop a more positive response to stress. Please note: If you have enrolled int the MBSR class starting on January 25th, you do not need to enroll in this class separately. You are automatically enrolled.
MBSR Booster Class
This class is designed to provide ongoing support for anyone who has participated in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR). Using Tara Brach’s book, True Refuge, each of the 4 weeks will provide discussion, tools, and opportunities for deepening your meditation practice and reducing stress. Please note: Participants are responsible for providing their own copy of the book.
Introduction to Mindful Eating
Do you love to eat? Do you eat for reasons other than hunger? Join us to learn how the practice of mindfulness can help you develop a healthier approach to food. Learn how choosing food for both nutrition and contentment can help you attain a healthy weight without dieting.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Class
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is a nine week course (including Intro to MBSR) designed to teach people how to improve the way they care for themselves and how to participate fully in improving the health and quality of their lives as they work with various types of “stressors” that may be limiting the life that they would like to live. This course is based on the program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. You will learn effective strategies for working with ongoing stress and chronic pain. Instruction will involve mindful meditation practices, discussion, gentle stretching and yoga appropriate for all ability levels. The instructor is Mary Bitterauf, BS, CHES of the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center.
MBSR Class Expectations
Before you enroll in the 9 week MBSR course we ask that you please consider the following time commitments:
- Participants are asked for a commitment to attend all eight evening classes and one day-long Saturday retreat.
- We encourage 45-60 minutes daily meditation at least six days per week for the full eight weeks.
Your commitment is essential. It is the practice of mindfulness meditation that will enable you to realize its benefits. This commitment can be a challenging one, and may require a lifestyle change. You may have to rearrange your schedule to allow time for daily practice, carving out time from other activities. Once you taste the benefits of MBSR, then you may find that maintaining a daily practice becomes easier and highly rewarding.
MBSR Class Student Materials