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Is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course Right for Me?

Is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course Right for Me?

As you reflect on your decision to enroll in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, we welcome your questions and honor your sincere intentions and interest. Still curious after reading this post? Join us at an upcoming free information session. Is MBSR Right for Me? The […]

What Is Mindfulness?

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Here is my definition of mindfulness:  knowing, through purposeful attention, in the actual moment, what is going on with self, and also with self in relationship to our external circumstances. It is a quality of mind, often cultivated through meditative practices, that allows a person […]

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In addition to the full 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class, I also offer guided meditation sessions, mindfulness workshops, and mindfulness retreats to individuals as well as organizations. I am happy to consult with your businesses or community group to provide customized classes as a […]

Morning Mindfulness Routine

Morning Mindfulness Routine

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” Meister Eckhart      

Guided Body Scan Practice

Guided Body Scan Practice

Body-scan is one of the first meditation practices that we learn in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). It is a way of observing the body, and connecting what is going on in our body at the level of the conscious mind, our attention, with the physical […]


What Is Mindfulness?

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Here is my definition of mindfulness:  knowing, through purposeful attention, in the actual moment, what is going on with self, and also with self in relationship to our external circumstances. It is a quality of mind, often cultivated through meditative practices, that allows a person to focus, and leaving judgment or critique aside, apply wise action, or insight to the circumstances as they arise. It is the difference between being reactive, and responding. Mindfulness is the awareness that allows us to live with grace, equanimity, and consciousness, no matter how chaotic life may become. Mindfulness allows us to know that all circumstances will certainly change, and no need to take all of the stuff in between personally.

As defined by the MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) program, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness is

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So what makes mindfulness the subject of numerous news reports, magazine covers, and research?  From my personal experience and education as a qualified teacher, I believe it is because the practice, beyond being informative or educational, is also potentially transformative. Mindfulness and its benefits are also the subject of a growing debate, and perhaps misconception and a great deal of curiosity. I mean, how could something as simple as paying attention, on purpose, without judgment, do this?

This is a subject of serious research being carried out at institutions all over the world. The UMASS Center for Mindfulness is leading this research, as the MBSR curriculum was created right in the basement of the medical school in 1979, championed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, with the early participants being those patients that doctors felt were, in terms of pain management, unable to be helped by other means. The fascinating discovery is that mindfulness-based interventions may be at least as good, if not better, than even the best pharmaceuticals and therapies presently available, for a whole host of conditions, including pain, depression, psoriasis, and often work in a complementary way to enhance healing and quality of life, even for those living with chronic conditions.

In my eight-week class, there were a wide range of people with various reasons for being enrolling.  The underlying commonality is that we all wanted a way to relieve our discomfort, or to deal with stress related to work, personal and professional relationships, and just being a human in today’s society. I find this work especially important in the 21st century, given the rapid increase of change and technological advances as we move through the Age of Information.