(WA DOC Staff Psychology) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well-being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is a great place to start, or continue, your journey into mindfulness. MBSR helps you learn what mindfulness is with enough time and practice to allow you to integrate it into your life with hands-on practices that help you make mindfulness your own.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This 8-week course includes:
- Learning about stress reactivity and how mindfulness helps with stress
- Learning how to apply mindfulness to everyday situations like communication
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
- Body awareness practices including the body scan and gentle mindful movement
- Group dialogue and small group exercises
- A 70-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness
- Eight 2.5 hour classroom sessions plus a 7-hour weekend retreat.
I had tried meditation in years past and considered myself an utter failure — enter the MBSR class through Mindfulness Northwest. The instructor held space for my process, gave me tons of information and resources about meditation and encouraged an ongoing practice that I was able to continue after completing the course. Plus, what an amazing community. Transformational.
To learn more about whether the time is right for you to register for this course, please see What Are Our Classes Like? in the FAQs, from Executive Director Tim Burnett.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the “gold standard” course for learning mindfulness and how to apply it to your daily life. It was designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center in the late 1970’s. Please see our MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class.
Decades of research show that MBSR reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness can be a delightful by-product.
Tuesdays, July 19 – September 13
All-Day Retreat: Wednesday, August 17, 9am-4pm PST
No class August 16
Offered Live Online. Zoom link will be sent to you by email once you register.
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