Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an 8-week program designed to instruct participants in ways to apply and integrate mindfulness into their daily lives.
Mindfulness cultivates present moment awareness and the connection of mind and body. Being acutely aware of what is real in each moment opens our eyes to the unconscious thoughts or actions that cause us to react and rob us of the choice to respond to what is happening.
Seated meditation, walking meditation, body scan, and yoga are used, highlighting the importance of learning through experience and transferring the application of these practices to everyday life.
The self-regulatory skills and mind/body awareness developed through consistent practicing in mindfulness meditation have been proven beneficial in increasing relaxation and proprioceptive awareness, coping with stress, altering ones perception and relationship to physical pain, and promoting feelings of health and well-being.
Required material: Full Catastrophe Living* by Jon Kabat-Zinn (*purchased separately)
CEU’s available for educators through UCSD for an additional fee.