Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in day-to-day life by paying attention moment-to-moment as your life unfolds. With practice one can experience each moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with greater serenity and clarity.
MBSR complements the medical management of a wide variety of health challenges. People participate for reasons as varied as chronic pain, heart disease, cancer, headaches, anxiety and panic, GI distress, high blood pressure, asthma, stress, sleep or eating disturbances, fibromyalgia and substance abuse.
This course is based on the highly successful stress reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. in 1979. This program has been featured on the PBS series Healing and the Mind, NBC’s Dateline and Oprah. Mindfulness courses are offered in more than 250 mainstream hospitals and academic medical centers around the country including Harvard, Duke, Stanford and the Mayo Clinic.
Over two decades of published scientific research indicates these lasting benefits:
- Decreased physical and psychological symptoms
- Increased ability to relax and cope with stressful situations
- Improved self-esteem and enthusiasm for life
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- Strengthened immune response
- Increase in brain activity associated with positive mood states
For upcoming Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes, see the Calendar.
Lisa Pinsker, has completed training programs under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of the program. Lisa holds a master’s degree in integrative health education and has worked in program development and administration as well as patient and clinical education for over two decades.