MBSR stands for Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.
The course is a way of learning mindfulness skills and building stress resilience in a group setting.
The 8-week MBSR course is a systematic mind and body awareness – and let me add kindness – training. The weekly sessions last about 2 to 2.5 hours. They involve guided meditation practices and practical instructions as well as discussions of the presented material to foster and integrate a daily mindfulness practice in everyday life.
In addition to 8 weekly sessions there is a day-long retreat in week six to help participants deepen their practice. For many this day is an exceptional experience and turning point.
MBSR aims to help you explore patterns of behaviour and underlying thoughts and feelings through guided meditations, reflections, talks and discussions. Gradually you learn to establish your own mindfulness practice.
The MBSR program was developed in the 1980’s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, an MIT-trained molecular biologist, writer and meditation teacher who devoted the past 30 years to bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. Initially developed to help patients with chronic physical pain, the scientifically underpinned MBSR course has since been adapted to help people with all kinds of difficulties, most notably depression and anxiety disorders.
Since its inception over 21,000 people have completed the MBSR program at the University of Massachusetts Medial Centre and many more worldwide. 75% of GP’s in the UK feel that all patients would benefit from mindfulness skills. Based on the MBSR curriculum Mindfulness programs have been developed for i.e. schools, government agencies, leadership and businesses.
Meditation isn’t to disappear into the light… it is to see all of who we are
(K.S., MBSR student)