Introduction to Mindfulness

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course involves cultivating a different relationship between you and the things that challenge you.

Can you relate to this?

Do you ever find yourself caught up in cycles of stress, anxiety or negative thinking?

Does life ever feel overwhelming or like a struggle?

Are you craving to find a sense of meaning and purpose in this frantic world?

Are you longing to find a sense of inner peace to carry you through it all?

Mindfulness Tool: Introduction to MBSR could be for you.

Imagine if you had the tools to align with your authentic self, untangle from unhelpful thoughts and emotions and connect with your unique sense of purpose, meaning and passion.

During the Introduction to MBSR session  you’ll learn and practice tools that have been handed down from over 2,500 years ancient wisdom traditions, are now being validated by modern science and by your own experience you will know the power of these techniques.

You’ll leave feeling empowered, inspired and celebrating your own inner wisdom.

Still not convinced?

Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. [Through it,] we also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing.

—Jon Kabat-Zinn

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn developed MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970s. This practice that uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness and mindful movement to explore behavior, thinking, feeling and action. It assists with a range of conditions and life issues that range from physical pain to burnout.

That said, I invited you to take a moment to pause and consider what brings you here. What is in your mind and heart and body that has caused you to stop on this web page? You might pause for 10 or 20 seconds to get a clear sense of what brings you here.

More than likely, you quickly identified a “problem” or “challenge” that you face. It is something that causes you to suffer in some way, physically, emotionally or spiritually. Among the difficulties people report when they come to mindfulness classes are such things as:

Chronic pain

Stress

Anxiety and worry

Chronic illnesses

Life-threatening medical conditions

Depression

Relationship difficulties

Problems with substances

Sleep disturbance

Hypertension

Headaches

Grief and loss

Seats are limited.

You can apply the same practices developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn to improve the quality of your life.

Now step back from the problem, notice that you are very much aware of this difficulty you face and I suspect you also realize you are willing to deal with it. I believe this is true because you are still reading. In MBSR we call this inner voice, awareness.

The problem is just because you have the inner wisdom and even the resources to cope with your life and all its aspects, does not mean that you routinely use them. Most of us are on “auto-pilot” and tend to react much more than we respond to life event. As a consequence we often miss the wanted in life and ruminate over the unwanted. The MBSR program will help you develop your innate ability to be mindful instead of running on auto-pilot mindlessly.

I’ve experiences more of these than I’d like to admit. But thanks to my practice, I've come to terms with them more easefully, with more compassion, with more care. Now I want to share the tools, techniques and practices I use and have learned from the MBSR program, so you too can live more easeful and peaceful in the midst of the stressors of modern life.

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Who can benefit from MBSR?

The MBSR program is highly respected within the medical community and is proven to be effective in helping to treat the conditions shown here.

Our MBSR 8-Week Live Online program specifically addresses the needs of those  in the Central European Time (CET) who are interested in taking the MBSR 8-Week program with others, but are unable to physically attend an in-person program.

The entire course is delivered live through video conferencing. Rather than meeting in-person, participants engage with the teacher and interact with one another through their computer during class time, and for home assignments and practice.

Note: A computer and high-speed internet connection are required.  Mobile devices such as phones and tablets are not recommended.

Offered as a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments, not as a replacement, it is proven to be effective in helping to treat the conditions shown here.

Course Overview

How is the course structured?

The Introduction to MBSR, is, at its heart, an “encounter” that embodies the essence of mindfulness. Each and every “meeting” is an opportunity for us to meet ourselves where we are, fully embracing all that we are.

This spirit of hospitality is not separate from the teachings of mindfulness, nor is it a separate way of being in the world. Rather it is the fruit of an enduring mindfulness practice.

As we “put out the welcome mat” to all that is arising in our practice, fueled by our innate wisdom, we begin to see clearly with a heart, every moment of our lives, as is our birthright.

The content of the Introduction to MBSR session offers a brief but comprehensive overview of what you may expect in a full MBSR 8-week class and includes important contextual information:

— History of MBSR

— Introduction to mindfulness

— Formal and informal practices

— Risks & Benefits

— Q&A session

The course finishes with a moment for you to consider if the full MBSR 8-week program is right for you at this time?

— Are you capable of making the commitment?

— Can you engage with the process and practices for optimal success?

— Do you have reasonable expectations and goals?

Payment will be refunded in full if written notification of cancellation is received 8 or more days prior to the start of the class cycle.