About the Eight Week MBSR Series

It is a way of learning to relate in a new way to whatever is happening in your life, such as the challenges of stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, illness and everyday demands.  You will learn skills to help you let go of the past, worry less about the future and live in the present with more balance and peace.

It will increase your resiliency and ability to concentrate, while fostering more clarity and stability in your life.

Additionally, it will help you to increase your capacity for compassion towards yourself and others, leading towards healthier and stronger relationships.

Various topics include; There is more right with you than wrong!, Obstacles To Your Mindfulness Practice, Perceptions & Creative Responses, Mindfulness in Relationship/Communication, Mindfulness & Daily Life/Self-Care, Pleasure & Power of Presence, How Conditioning & Perception Shape Our Experience, Stress Reactivity, Reacting & Responding (Recognizing the Patterns), and Keeping your Momentum.

Various themes webbed throughout include; The possibilities for self-care, self-reflection & over all development will be encouraged through the integration of mindfulness into your everyday living.  Moreover, you will learn how the practice of mindfulness improves the physiological impact of acute & chronic stress.  You will also discover more about being alive through presence; awake to your thoughts, emotions & body sensations.  Finally, we will review one of the Seven Attitudes of Mindfulness – non- striving, trust, patience, non-judging, beginner’s mind, acceptance and letting go each week.

Personal Investment and Commitment to the MBSR Series

  • Daily practice & home assignments for up to 30-45 min. each day
  • MUST Attend Orientation
  • Attend ALL eight classes as best you can and if you are going to miss to please let Charmaine know via email or phone call
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Provide constructive feedback to the instructor on the classes you attend
  • Be open to the teachings while also trying it out for yourself, investigate & find out what works best for you & your wellness

It is evident a lot is asked of you as a participant both during the group sessions and outside of the sessions on a daily basis for the eight weeks.  And know you are totally worth it!!

The History of MBSR

This program is based on the Eight-week MBSR program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD (author of Full Catastrophe Living, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, & Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves & the World Through Mindfulness), which has been offered for over 30 years & is supported by a wealth of research.  This substantial amount of research has proven the course’s effectiveness in combination with a daily mindfulness practice.

Research to Support the MBSR Series:

The likelihood of recurrence for people who have experienced 3 or more bouts of depression was reduced by half for those who practiced mindfulness daily.

Office workers who practiced MBSR for 20 minutes a day reported an average 11% reduction in perceived stress.

In the management of pain, results demonstrated a greater perception to control the pain, having improved personal regulation of the emotional response to pain.

For the treatment of Psoriasis, those who used ultraviolet-light accompanied by listening to a mindfulness practice, found their skin cleared 4x faster.

Improvement in immune profiles of people with breast or prostate cancer, leading to decreased depressive symptoms.

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