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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches meditation and gentle yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress. MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and is taught at locations worldwide.

Do you experience any of the following?

  • your racing heart and mind keep you up at night
  • you have health issues that are caused by or worsened by stress
  • you feel anxious and overwhelmed
  • you rarely feel peace or joy
  • you feel weighed down by loss and grief
  • you try to escape your experience by indulging in alcohol, food, tv, drugs, shopping or chaos
  • you feel you’ve lost yourself in the chaos of your life

MBSR teaches you how to 

  • relax your body and quiet your mind 
  • take responsibility for your own wellbeing
  • feel calmer and trust yourself
  • cultivate more peace and joy
  • start enjoying life again
  • meet all of your experience with an open heart and cope more skillfully with your feelings
  • live mindfully and intentionally and choose how your life unfolds

The practice changes people’s lives. It has certainly changed my life, which is why I love teaching it so much. I am a mindfulness teacher, personal coach and Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been teaching mindfulness for 30+ years.

MBSR was created on the foundation of the ancient practice of mindfulness, which encourages being fully present in our lives with greater peace and ease. Research indicates that people who participate in an MBSR course report an increased capacity to relax, increased self-esteem, decreased symptoms of anxiety, depression and insomnia, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations, reduced pain levels and/or improved ability to cope with pain that may not go away. For links to articles and research abstracts related to the efficacy of MBSR, see below.

THE MBSR COURSE INCLUDES:

  • instruction in mindfulness meditation
  • instruction in mindful yoga
  • instruction in how to incorporate mindfulness in your everyday life
  • home practice assignments
  • audio files of guided meditations and mindful yoga sequences
  • videos on mindfulness
  • course worksheets and forms to help you stay on track
  • instruction in how to develop a regular mindfulness practice
  • unlimited email exchanges with me to help you meet your goals

Typical reasons that people take an MBSR course include: 

  • Daily life stress
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure and heart conditions
  • GI distress
  • Chronic Illness
  • Insomnia
  • Grief and loss
  • Attention difficulties
  • Type A Behavior


MBSR 8-WEEK COURSE IN WILMINGTON, NC

The next MBSR course in Wilmington, NC is scheduled for
Wednesdays January 10 – February 28, 2018 from 6-8pm
and Saturday February 17, 2018 from 9am – 3pm

FREE ORIENTATION is Wednesday January 3, 2018 6pm

COST: $425

REGISTRATION is limited and required
Contact Jen to register

I offer MBSR classes and Mindfulness for Stress Reduction 3-day retreats in Raleigh and Wilmington, NC.  I also offer Individual Mindfulness Training sessions in person and by phone/Skype. Sign up for my email list (blue box to the right) or keep an eye on the event page for upcoming training dates.

QUESTIONS? Drop Jen an email or give her a call. 

TESTIMONIALS FROM MBSR STUDENTS

“I found this course incredibly helpful in dealing with some stressful and painful issues. In 8 short weeks I have seen a significant improvement in my life.” –Jeannie

“The MBSR course is life changing. I encourage anyone who is able to attend to do so. The skills and practices I learned in this course are fundamental to physical and spiritual wellbeing. I am truly grateful for this class. Thanks Jen, you are amazing!” –Lawson

“I loved this class! I had read meditation books before, but the class was very helpful at focusing my efforts and helping me commit to a practice.”– A.

“Jen’s knowledge and non-judgmental approach created an atmosphere of honesty and compassion among the participants. I recommend Jen’s class to anyone interested in cultivating mindfulness in a safe and supportive environment.” –Amelia

 

MBSR RESEARCH AND MINDFULNESS IN THE MEDIA

Following are links to press releases, articles, and abstracts of published studies related to the effectiveness of mindfulness.

Harvard Business Review Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain 

Time Magazine Cover Story February 3, 2014  The Mindful Revolution 

ABC News “Changing Your Life Through Meditation.

Scientific American Mind (March/April 2013) Cover story: “How the science of mindfulness can improve attention and lift your mood.”

Eight Weeks to a Better Brain: Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress.  Harvard gazette. June 18, 2013.

Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density.   Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. Volume 191, Issue 1, Pages 36-43, 30 January 2011.

Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks news release from Massachusetts General Hospital. January 21, 2011

Conquering Fear. Wall Street Journal article about mindfulness-based psychotherapy for fear, anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues. January 2, 2011