Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
Tired of the worry and fears, the pain, the stress and the heartache?
There is a way to live with much less suffering!
Imagine what life would look like if you could..
• Experience enjoyment each and every day
• Experience increased energy and passion
• Reduce episodes of depression, panic attacks and burn out.
• Manage and reduce pain levels experienced during the day
• Improve your focus, resilience and ability to cope with challenging life circumstances
You may have heard of Mindfulness and Meditation and not really understood what it is or how to do it. Perhaps you’ve tried meditating but had a difficult time and said to yourself, “I just can’t do it! My mind is just too busy!” Perhaps you meditate from time to time but just can’t seem to stay consistent.
If this sounds familiar, then the MBSR may be right for you! You’ll train the mind not to ruminate on the past or worry about the future. You’ll learn to accept and love yourself more unconditionally and put an end to the self criticism and judgment that brings us down. You’ll be led through a failure proof process of meditation and supported with your regular mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course is a comprehensive 8-week introduction to the art of mindfulness. Modeled on the work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the UMass Medical Center, this program is more than just relaxation techniques. It’s a structured and supportive program to learn a different way of being.
How Might Mindfulness Training Benefit My Life?
When we feel “stressed out” we often have physical reactions including increased blood pressure, interrupted digestion, increased heart rate, tense muscles and other changes. All of the systems that are supposed to keep us well can be disrupted by stress. As a result, our health may be compromised and we may develop backaches, headaches, GI distress, fatigue, auto-immune deficiencies, sleeplessness or other symptoms.
Is MBSR Good For My Medical Condition?
There is a growing body of research showing that mindfulness brings us many benefits – for our physical and mental health, as well as overall well-being. It’s been accepted as a useful therapy for anxiety and depression for around a decade, with more recent research showing it’s effectiveness in treating physical ailments and disease such as cancer, irritable bowel, heart disease, asthma, headaches, chronic pain, addiction, sleep disturbances and more.
It can also change the brain and make it more efficient in processing mental tasks. It has been shown that mindfulness training can increase the size and connectivity of areas of the brain responsible for focused attention while decreasing the size and connectivity of areas responsible for mind wandering and attentional lapses. By limiting intrusive thoughts, mindfulness improves attentional ability and even memory function.
Can Mindfulness Meditation Really Impact my Brain and Cognitive Processing?
MRI scans show that after an eight-week course of mindfulness practice, the brain’s “fight or flight” center, the amygdala, appears to shrink. This primal region of the brain, associated with fear and emotion, is involved in the initiation of the body’s response to stress.
As the amygdala shrinks, the pre-frontal cortex – associated with higher order brain functions such as awareness, concentration and decision-making – becomes thicker.
The “functional connectivity” between these regions – i.e. how often they are activated together – also changes. The connection between the amygdala and the rest of the brain gets weaker, while the connections between areas associated with attention and concentration get stronger.
What If I Have a Hard Time Sitting Still and Have No Experience with Meditating?
You need not have any prior experience with meditation and may have a very busy mind or a body that likes to move a lot. Mindfulness is not about sitting still or moving slowly. Mindfulness and MBSR is about bring attention to this moment whether it is stillness or fidgety. Participants will be engage in many different forms of mindfulness practices which include sitting, walking, standing, and Qi Gong.
By training your mind to focus only on the present, you learn not to get lost in regrets from the past or worries about the future. Mindfulness teaches you to be in control of your mind so that your mind doesn’t control you.
Is the MBSR Compatible with my Religious Faith?
MBSR was developed in a way that is accessible to all people regardless of the religious traditions or beliefs. Mindfulness practice is really just about being awake to our lives as they are and working with seeing our process and ourselves more clearly. This tends to be a good compliment to many religious traditions in ways that you can explore as you develop your practice.
I’ve had the busiest of minds where there was no break in the compulsive thinking, figuring out, planning, ruminating, judging, making assumptions, worrying, worrying, and more worrying! This caused me sleepless nights, anxiety, fear, depression, digestion problems as well as an overall loss of peace and the ability to experience joy on a regular basis. Mindfulness practice has saved my life! I am now able to spend the majority of my time really living a full life instead of being consumed in thought about life situations. I teach the class because I want to help you save your life too!
In this course you will:
• Learn to be present for yourself and those closest to you, improving all of your relationships
• Strengthen your ability to focus, be calm, and increase your mental flexibility
• Harness the mindset to reject self-defeating habits and thoughts
• Discover how to work with difficult emotions without getting overwhelmed
• Build resilience for facing personal challenges
• Cultivate patience and self-compassion
• Develop effective communications with others
• Reconnect with an appreciation for the simple things in life
I completed the Teacher Training for Jon Kabit Zin’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course through the University of San Diego California Medical Center. I have been teaching Meditation and Mindfulness in schools, work places, private sessions as well as groups for approximately 10 years.
Think of the MBSR as an investment. An investment into your relationships with yourself, your partner, your children and family, your friends, your work and your world. The quality of all of these interactions will reap the benefits!
This MBSR course comes with a 100% guarantee. If you complete the course and feel like it did not improve your life enough to make it worth your time, money and effort, I’ll refund you 100% of your purchase price. I know that this course will be as life-changing for you as it was for me.
Included with your registration, you will receive:
- A CD with all of the meditations for you to practice.
- Weekly handouts with an overview of what we focused on in that class as well as your home practice assignments.
- A half day retreat (Date and place TBD)