Happiness is a skill. This is what the ancient practice of mindfulness teaches, and what modern psychology research has shown. The wonderful thing is that this skill, just like driving or dancing, can be learned, and it can stay with you for a lifetime.
On this eight-week Mindfulness for Stress course you will learn how to boost your happiness and well-being, find new sources of resilience, joy, and calm in your life, and to cope with stress, anxiety, fear, and depression. The course is run by experienced mindfulness teachers, within a supportive and friendly group setting.
Mindfulness is practiced now by hundreds of thousands of individuals, all of whom have discovered the profound healing and life affirming impact of Mindfulness meditation.
What people who complete the MBSR course report:
Reduction of stress, anxiety and depression
Lasting decreases in symptoms of illnesses
Improved self-worth and esteem
Ability to relax and switch off
Reductions in pain levels
An ability to cope more effectively stressful situations
Being in control of their life
What is MBSR (Mindfulness based stress reduction)?
Mindfulness is an experience in which we become increasing aware of what is happening directly moment by moment as it happens. Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness, what most people operate as, resulting in sense of isolation, separation of self, going through life in a meaningless mechanical way in addition to creating psychological and emotional states which are directly related to illnesses such as depression, Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, diabetes type II and even cancer.
- What will I learn?
- The skill of meditation
- Mindfulness and self-compassion skills in your daily life
- Greater concentration and focus
- How breath and body awareness can transform stress
- Supportive mindful movement practices
- The art of taking joy in simple pleasures
- How to overcome your ‘negativity bias’
- The many health benefits of mindfulness
What will I get with the course?
- 8-weeks of lessons – 2 hours per week
- A silent retreat practice day (between weeks 6 and 7)
- A balance of teaching, questions and discussion, and guided meditation
- Daily home meditation practice of 20 mins a day
- Guided meditations CD / MP3 downloads
- Teaching and practices to help you develop mindfulness, calm, and resilience
Key Research Articles and Links
Kabat-Zinn J., et al. (1992). American Journal of Psychiatry. 1992 Jul;149(7):936-43.
This seminal study explored the effectiveness of a stress reduction program based on mindfulness meditation for 28 participants with anxiety disorders (anxiety disorder and panic disorder). Repeated measures documented significant reductions in anxiety and depression scores after treatment for 20 of the subjects. Changes were maintained at a 3-month follow-up
Goldin P.R. & Gross J.J. (2010). Emotion, 2010 Oct;10(1):83-91.
This study demonstrated, through neuroimaging, a decrease in negative emotion experience, a reduced amygdala activity, and an increased activity in brain regions implicated in attentional deployment in participants with Social Anxiety Disorder