Jon Kabat Zinn
MBSR, or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, is a meditation-based program designed to help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and other difficult emotions and experiences. The program was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the 1970s and has since been widely adopted by healthcare providers and individuals around the world.
The MBSR program typically lasts 8 weeks and includes weekly group meetings led by a certified MBSR instructor. In these meetings, participants learn a variety of mindfulness meditation techniques, including body scan meditation, breath awareness meditation, and mindful movement practices such as yoga and walking meditation. They also participate in group discussions and activities aimed at cultivating self-awareness and emotional regulation.
Participants are also encouraged to practice mindfulness on their own outside of the weekly meetings, often through daily meditation sessions and the application of mindfulness to daily activities such as eating, walking, and even doing chores.
The goal of MBSR is not to eliminate stress or difficult emotions, but rather to learn to relate to them in a more skillful and compassionate way. By cultivating mindfulness, participants can learn to observe their thoughts and emotions without getting caught up in them or reacting automatically. This can lead to increased self-awareness, emotional regulation, and a greater sense of calm and well-being.
MBSR has been shown to be effective for a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders. It is also used as a complementary therapy for many medical conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders.
This moment is new. We have never been in this moment before so we have no ideas or opinions about this moment.
Our thoughts do not exisit without judgment. Judgment creates certain attachments and filters over our eyes. Non-Judgment is a very fine degree of discernment, clarity, and wisdom.
With this attitude it does not means we can not work to change things or circumstances, it means that we accept things as they are without trying to force what they are not.
Our breath is a great tool for understanding the importance of letting go. Every time we take a breath in, we have to let it go to make room for the next vital breath.
This is an internal trust. A confidence of Self.
This attitude gives us meditative awareness by allowing things to be in awareness without trying to make something happen.
No rushing. When we are rushing we are never really in the present.