Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a secular mindfulness training course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This course helps people deal with pain, stress, physiological problems and a range of issues by being mindful in everyday life.
Our 8-week MBSR course helps the participants learn a range of mindfulness techniques including
• Mindfulness of the breath
• Awareness of the body
• Movement exercises, and the application of Mindfulness into everyday life.
Learning outcomes of the 8-week MBSR course can include
• The skill of paying non-judgemental attention to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and the surroundings.
• Shifting perspectives and seeing things in a new way that is more helpful to you and those around you.
• Improved self-confidence and ability to face life challenges
• Improved self-care and relationships with others
• Improved creativity and problem solving skills
• An improved capacity to manage stress
• A calmer outlook in daily life
• A sense of improved physical, emotional and psychological well being
The course is taught over eight 2-hour sessions at weekly intervals including an additional all-day session.
We also offer an on-line version of this course. More details about this can be found at On-line Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (8 weeks)
All our courses at the Cambridge Mindfulness Centre take place in very small groups. The maximum number of participants is 08.
In addition to attending the course participants should be aware that home practice is also an important part of the course, and time should be set aside each day to practice Mindfulness. This can be integrated into daily routines quite simply e.g. several times throughout the day take 5 Mindful breaths. Approach an activity mindfully e.g. brushing your teeth, eating a meal.
After the end of the 8-week MBSR course, the participants have the opportunity of joining the on-going drop in practice sessions which give chance to maintain their mindfulness practice in a group stetting with the support of a teacher.