Mindfulness is not as hard to practice as you might think. In fact, mindfulness is a state of being that all humans possess. There is nothing to acquire, as mindfulness is being aware of the present moment with kindness towards yourself while taking a non-judgmental view of what is arising. When practiced over time, mindfulness becomes a valuable and reliable resource in the face of stress, pain and illness.
The individual, group and corporate mindfulness programs offered at the Center for Mindful Living (CFML) at Monarch will teach you how cultivate a deeper sense of ease and peace of mind. You will learn how to grow your natural capacity to actively engage in caring for yourself, so you can experience more resilience and balance in your life. MBSR will help you develop lifelong tools to maximize your quality of life through enhanced awareness, even when you are facing stress, pain and illness.
About Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), founded the Stress Reduction Clinic in 1979 to bring mindfulness meditation into the medical mainstream. He describes mindfulness as “the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Mindfulness is something anyone can do virtually any time, although effectively practicing it involves guidance and understanding.
With more than two decades of published research indicate that the majority of people who complete MBSR report:
· Lasting decrease in physical and psychological symptoms
· Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
· An increased ability to relax
· Improved self-esteem
· Reduction in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
· An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long term stressful situations
Since 1979, more than 24,000 people have completed the eight week MBSR program through the Center for Mindfulness (CFM). There are over 750 MBSR programs worldwide and we have completed extensive training through CFM to bring this evidenced based practice and other mindfulness programs to you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 90 percent of doctor visits are due to stress related conditions. Stress can come from all areas of life and stress from one area of our lives can directly impact other areas, resulting in a stress induced cycle that may be difficult to manage and may feel overwhelming. Stress not only impacts our emotional and psychological states but also triggers a physical response, so our bodies respond responds as if the situation involves a true life-threatening situation, even when there is no life-threatening event occuring.
The more we engage this stress response, the more the body “learns” to keep this system activated and can easily develop into a habitual way of being that we become unaware of. This constant stress-induced state, if left unaddressed, can start to impact the body overtime resulting in high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and other health conditions. We are not afflicted by diseases such as the plague or cholera; however we are afflicted by diseases of accumulation due to our Westernized lifestyles.
Due to our current advancement of technology, being available 24/7 and trying to juggle the numerous demands of our lives, we often miss moments in our lives. Our minds have become trained to anticipate and plan for the next task or become consumed by thoughts, leaving us disconnected from our current moment.
Science has shown that the practice of mindfulness can effectively reduce stress in our lives and improve overall well-being by reducing negative emotional states and improving the symptoms of physical manifestations like diabetes or high blood pressure.
The program’s mission is to educate, support, and guide individuals and organizations to reach their maximum capacity for overall health and well-being through mindfulness training and consultation. We strive to assist people with cultivating their inner resources to consciously and systematically work with stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life. Our goal is to support people in achieving their greatest possible quality of life.
Who can benefit from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?
MBSR is highly respected within the medical community and is offered as a complement to traditional medical and psychological treatments, not as a replacement. MBSR has been proven to be effective in helping to treat the following conditions: Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Asthma, Cancer, Depression, Eating Disturbances, Gastrointestinal (GI) Distress, Grief, Headaches, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Pain, Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD), Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Skin Disorders and Sleeping Problems
While MBSR is found to be helpful with a host of medical and psychosocial conditions, it is also shown be helpful for those looking to improve their wellness and it has even been shown to slow the aging process and improve academic performance. Research has shown that mindfulness increases gray matter in the brain and can influence how our genes are expressed. Mindfulness not only helps with ailments but is seen as preventative in nature.
MBSR will help you learn to:
Approach life with greater composure, understanding and enthusiasm
Develop effective strategies to cope with short-term and long term stressors
Improve your capacity to manage pain and reduce pain in many cases
Enhance your ability to focus and concentrate
Develop a greater sense of resilience by recovering more quickly from challenging events
The Center for Mindful Living offers services for anyone who is interested in MBSR as a method to reach and maintain overall wellness through mindfulness training and consulation. Click here to learn more about the Center's services and programs for Individuals, Community and Corporate groups.