MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM
Reconnecting with your own inner resources
~An eight week program that offers a meditative approach to working with stress, pain and illness.
Sessions are held once a week for two hours and there is a full day retreat toward the end of the program.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION?
Mindfulness is another word for awareness. Meditation techniques based on mindfulness involve cultivating a non-judgmental awareness of our moment-to-moment experience.
During the course you will learn to develop this awareness by paying attention to your breath, physical sensations, thoughts and feelings through meditation techniques that will be taught in the sessions.
It is not that mindfulness is the “answer” to all life’s problems. Rather, it is that all life’s problems can be seen more clearly through the lens of a clear mind. Jon Kabat-Zinn
HOW DOES MINDFULNESS MEDITATION REDUCE STRESS?
We know from research on stress that it is not so much the stressor itself, but how we perceive it and then how we handle it, that determines whether or not we will experience stress.
Cultivating mindfulness can help us relate to our experience with less anxiety and fear. We begin to develop a more friendly and caring attitude towards ourselves and have more choice about how we relate to our experience.
We begin to have a sense of spaciousness so that we can respond to life rather than reacting automatically out of our old patterns and past conditioning.
Mindfulness meditation can help us reconnect with our sense of wholeness regardless of what we are facing, bringing greater balance, acceptance and ease to our lives.
Mindfulness can be helpful to those of us living with stress from work, our relationships, our healing of childhood wounds, our mid-life transitions, chronic pain or illness.
It can help us experience our inner resources of relaxation, awareness, and calm.
Mindfulness meditation strengthens our capacity to be present and to experience our lives more directly and fully. It allows us to “own” each moment of our experience – whether it is pleasant or unpleasant – whether it is eating a delicious meal or experiencing pain in our body.
This course is modelled on the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
Mindfulness meditation has come to us through Buddhist teachings now over 2500 years old.
At the Massachusetts Clinic, mindfulness is taught on its own as a powerful tool for self-understanding without the Buddhist context.
The Massachusetts program has been operating for about 20 years and research indicates positive changes occur for participants including decreased anxiety, depression and pain, and increased self-confidence, immune functioning and sense of well-being.
Jon Kabat-Zinn is the author of Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go, There You Are.
BETH TROTTER, M.A., R.C.C.
I have practised meditation in the Buddhist Vipassana tradition and have been a psychotherapist and trainer in private practice since 1987.
I have completed a 3 month intensive meditation retreat, have taught meditation at Hollyhock and have trained in the Stress Reduction Program in Vancouver with Adrianne Ross, M.D., a student of Jon Kabat-Zinn. I bring a feminist perspective and a commitment to creating a safe, supportive and respectful learning environment. I am also available for teaching Stress Reduction to organizations or groups.
Please call if you would like more information about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in Victoria, or would like to register for upcoming classes.