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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses

Cultivating mindfulness can lead to the discovery of deep realms of wellbeing, calmness, clarity, and insight within yourself. Whether you are facing heart disease, cancer, pain, anxiety, depression and/or a very stressful life, mindfulness can be of great value to you.  – Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is coming to Preston in February 2019. Register your interest by emailing alana@melbournemindfulnessfoundation.com

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in Preston is an inspiring and internationally recognised evidence based course run over an 8-week / 9 session period.  The course is known for its capacity to increase resilience and improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Is the MBSR course in Preston for you?

Absolutely! The answer is yes if you would like to learn:

  • How to understand and cope better with stress
  • How to be more responsive and less reactive to daily challenges
  • How to feel calm and less overwhelmed amidst the busyness of life
  • How to meditate
  • How to relax
  • How to respond more skilfully to, and manage chronic pain and illness.

Developed in 1979 by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and his team at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is now an internationally recognised course at the cutting edge of mind-body and preventative medicine that has helped millions of people to:

  • Improve their quality of life
  • Improve their relationships with friends, family members and work colleagues
  • Improve their productivity at work
  • Be more present in their lives
  • Live with less stress and anxiety
  • Skilfully manage physical and emotional pain
  • Sleep better
  • Better regulate and manage emotions.

This inspiring program including its science and evidence base is explored in this video.

The MBSR program in Preston could change your life in some or all of the above-mentioned ways. Register your interest by emailing alana@melbournemindfulnesfoundation.com

Who attends the course?

The MBSR course in Preston is attended by diverse people united by their interest to improve or regain control of their mental and physical health and to attain at least some peace of mind. They are often referred by their doctors or increasingly self-referred for a wide range of life and medical problems ranging from headaches, high blood pressure, back pain, heart disease, cancer, stress, depression and anxiety.

In many instances, people enrol, not because they are feeling physically, emotionally or mentally unwell, but because they feel they would like to gain more balance and peace in their lives.

Health professionals – including doctors, nurses, social workers and psychologists – often attend the MBSR course in Preston for their own professional and personal development. The benefits they derive from the course can be shared with their clients/patients whom would benefit greatly from a mindfulness practice.

What they learn in MBSR is the HOW of taking care of themselves. The course itself is not a replacement for their medical treatment but a vitally important complement to it.

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”

– James Baraz

What does the course involve?

The MBSR course in Preston is an 8-week, 9 session program:

  • 2.5 hours per week over 8 weeks
  • A full day (9 – 4pm) retreat between Weeks 6 and 8.

Each session consists of mindfulness meditation training including guided meditations (seated, lying down and walking/movement meditations), gentle yoga, small and large group activities, group discussions, individual enquiries and feedback, and presentations.

With time, participants learn how to suspend ‘doing’ for periods of time and shift over to a ‘being’ mode; how to make time for themselves; how to slow down and nurture calmness and self-acceptance; how to observe what their mind is up to from moment to moment; how to watch their thoughts and how to let go of them without getting caught up and driven by them; and how to make room for new ways of seeing old problems and for perceiving the interconnectedness of things.

Participants are expected to undertake at least 45 minutes of mindfulness meditation practice each week outside of the weekly session.

Resources

Participants are provided with:

  • A number of written resources
  • Audio recordings of guided meditations.

What benefits will you experience?

Although people are originally referred to the MBSR program to learn how to relax and to cope better with their stress, it is often the case that this is simply the beginning of the benefits they experience. Outcome studies over many years as well as patient’s anecdotal reports show that upon completion of the course, people often experience fewer and less severe physical symptoms and live with greater self-confidence, optimism and assertiveness. They are more patient and accepting of themselves and their disabilities. They are more confident of their ability to handle physical and emotional pain. They are also less anxious, depressed and less angry. They feel more in control, even in very stressful situations that previously would have sent them spinning out of control. In other words, they are handling the ‘full catastrophe of their life’ much more skilfully.

Further information on the benefits of the program can be found here. 

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