by Merra Young | MBSR teacher
In our society many of us feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, like there is always more on our ‘to do list’. We have become humans doing verses human beings. Mindfulness is “paying attention on purpose,” says Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindful Based Stress Reduction.
Learning to be more present in our lives decreases stress while simultaneously transforming it. Present awareness generates more peace and happiness. Who couldn’t use more of that?
The efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is based on the benefits of ancient eastern meditation and yoga practices combined with modern neuroscience research. The beauty of MBSR is we can change our habit patterns and rewire our brains towards a life of balance due to the neuroplasticity (reorganization potential) of our brains.
MBSR incorporates mindfulness into every day life activities; from washing the dishes, communicating with others, relating to difficulty, working through challenges and adjusting to changes. MBSR teaches us how to live more fully in the moment and enjoy our precious human lives with awareness and kindness for self and others.
Who has it worked for?
- A gentleman who was unable to work for a period of time due to the effects of stressors in his life found the
program invaluable in helping him reclaim his passion for his career.
- Busy working moms, found deep fulfilling self-care through MBSR and were able to share it with their children
by teaching mindfulness to their kids. They learned and taught their families how to enjoy together instead of hurrying everywhere.
- MBSR has taught mindful eating leading to weight loss and healthier food choices.
By the end of MBSR course there is a beautiful warmth in students faces, their bodies have softened, they share laughter,
tears and wisdom together. Students share deep stories of appreciation for simple yet profound moments of joy and peace,
and of really being alive in the here and now.