What does the program involve?
The MBSR group format program is an 8-week, nine sessions course. Participants attend an average of 2.5 hour class once a week for eight weeks as well one full day session (5 hrs.) - “The Mindful Day”- which is generally between the sixth and seventh session.
The program involves training and practice in various forms of mindfulness meditation, light Hatha yoga and exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action. Each session also includes a brief lecture, group discussions and inquiry as well as, individual feedback and support.
Home learning and practice is supported by a workbook and audio tracks with guided meditations.
Who is it for?
Mindfulness training is useful for a broad range of people with diverse backgrounds, ages, interests and levels of well-being. People self-refer or sometimes are referred by their doctors because of physical and emotional stressors in their lives. Many enrol because, although they are feeling physically well, they say the pace of their lives is "out of control" or they're "just not feeling quite right" and want more ease and peace.
Mindfulness training can enhance learning, concentration, creativity, personal resilience and professional effectiveness. For people with job, relationship and family pressures, it can help with all kinds of day-to-day stress symptoms including headaches, irritability, fatigue and sleep disturbances.
How does it work?
Over the eight-week program, you learn a number of key skills that will allow you to tune into and become aware of your experience in the present moment and develop a mindful way of every day living.
Parallel to the sessions, you will establish a routine of spending some time each day, practicing formal and informal mindfulness exercises. By choosing to engage in this practice, you will learn how to experience deep states of calmness and relaxation. You will also learn how to bring a moment-to-moment awareness to your experience, so you can respond - rather than react in habitual ways - to everyday life difficult situations.
You will also learn how to accept and embrace the full range of the experiences that life inevitably brings - pleasurable, joyful and expansive but also painful conditions in their various forms: worry, anxiety, anger, grief, sadness and even despair. Moving towards these conditions with an attitude of curiosity, rather than trying to hold on or avoid them, it will bring liberating and empowering results.
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