Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight week evidence based program for cultivating resilience, health and well-being. This experiential adult education course is focused on working with the stress in your life wherever you find it. The practice of mindfulness meditation sits at the core of the program.
You will learn about the practice of mindfulness meditation, stress physiology, the stress cycle as well as ways of integrating mindfulness into your daily life and working with difficult thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
MBSR as it is taught at Simply Mindful is the complete and authentic program which was developed in 1979 by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre. There has been a wealth of research investigating the effectiveness of the MBSR program, for example, this research showing changes that occur in the brain as a result of taking an 8 week MBSR course. See report…
We have been offering MBSR in Canberra since 2004 and we are the only program in Canberra with teachers who are trained and certified to teach this gold standard mindfulness training program.
What does the course involve?
- 2 ½ hour class once a week for 8 weeks plus one full day session (held on the weekend)
- Mindfulness meditation training, 4 practice CDs and course workbook
- Learning about the effects of stress on our bodies and minds
- Exploring patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving and their relationship to stress
- Developing strategies for applying mindfulness in daily life
- Learning through brief lectures, group discussion and experiential activities
To benefit fully from the program you must be willing to make a commitment to attend all classes, including the all day retreat, and undertake a daily meditation practice for the eight weeks.
Who should attend?
MBSR is for anyone wishing to bring a greater sense of balance and meaning to their lives as well as those who are dealing with stress of any kind. For people being treated for medical or psychological conditions, the MBSR program is a complement to, not a substitute for, the professional care of their doctor or psychologist.
What are the possible benefits?
Over 30 years of research into the MBSR program has found evidence for these outcomes:
- Greater capacity to deal with stress
- Increased sense of well-being and balance
- Lasting decrease in both physical and psychological symptoms
- Increased energy and productivity, feeling more engaged with life
- Stronger immune system
- Increased levels of attention and concentration
- Improved self-regard
- More creative problem solving and greater focus
- Increased sense of connection, meaning and purpose
In recent years research in neuroscience has made compelling discoveries about the brain’s capacity to grow and change, including evidence that meditation helps to create new pathways in the brain that increase our ability to be more positive and creative.