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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
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“Newsweek” magazine of 4th October 2004 tells the story of Janet, who at 39 was diagnosed with a benign spinal tumour causing her unremitting pain. Painkillers helped but it wasn’t until she took the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) in Lytham, that she discovered a powerful tool inside her own body: her mind. Using the practice of Mindfulness, Janet learned to acknowledge the pain rather than fight it. She described the Course as “about getting in touch with your body, rather than your head. Mindfulness gives you something pain killers can’t – an attitude for living your life.”

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness practice is a form of self-awareness training. All of us have the capacity to be mindful. It simply involves cultivating the ability to pay attention to the present moment, rather than being ‘absent’ in the present and on ‘automatic pilot’ much of the time. Mindfulness involves awareness of our bodies and mind and the world around us in an allowing, non-judging way. Our experiences of anxiety, anger, pain and other aspects of ourselves can be transformed when we let them be the direct object of mindfulness. This can bring about a shift in how we see our problems – perhaps seeing things differently, feeling less ‘stuck,’ recognising more options, finding more resilience and confidence. Mindfulness is not new. It comes from a meditation tradition more than two and a half thousand years old. Mindfulness, however, does not require people to hold a particular or any spiritual or religious view.

Who can benefit from an MBSR Course?

The Course can be of help to those experiencing difficult life situations, e.g.

  • Stress in relationships, family, work
  • Illness and chronic pain
  • Anxiety and panic states
  • The demands of an ever-increasing pace of life

    Or, simply, to those interested in learning these self-help techniques to help equip them to deal more effectively with life’s ups and downs in the future.
  • What are the origins of MBSR Courses?

    They began in the USA over 25 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. Since then, thousands of people there have completed the Courses. Many have taken part in research programmes on the effects of taking the Course on such varied conditions as High blood Pressure, Coronary heart disease, Depression, Asthma/ respiratory disorders, MS, IBS and others. More recently, the Centre at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has established links with the Institute of Medical & Social Care Research at the University of Wales in Bangor.

    What do the Courses consist of?

    Courses are group-based, from between 8 to 15 people. There are 8 sessions, meeting once a week for 2 hours. A variety of mindfulness practices are taught, including mindful Yoga. Participants are given 2 practice tapes and other Course material for ‘Home Practice.’ Commitment to this is important.

    How will I know if this Course is suitable for me?
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    The Course can be challenging: it may not be suitable for some. People come to learn to handle difficulties with physical sensations, feelings, moods or social interactions. The process of self-exploration and inner observation is not always easy. As well, time has to be made for ‘Home Practice.’ You will need to speak with me so that we can decide together whether the Course is suitable for you at this time.

    The course is also taught on a one-to-one basis, although places for this are limited.

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