The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR)

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) was developed in The Stress Reduction Clinic at The University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979 by Jon Kabat Zinn, which has since given rise to an ever growing evidence base showing its effectiveness in addressing a range of physical and mental health issues. 

 

The MBSR has at its core a non-judgmental and compassionate approach toward ourselves and our experiences. The practices are intended to foster increased awareness of triggers, habitual patterns, and seemingly ‘automatic’ reactions that often feel as though they control our lives. These practices support the ability to pause, observe the present moment experience, and bring awareness to the range of choices before us in every moment. In this way we can begin to change our relationship to discomfort, learn to recognise and increase our capacity to hold difficult emotional and physical experiences, and then be able to respond to them skilfully rather than reactively.  By building a regular practice and lifestyle that supports mindfulness, we can move towards increased well-being.

While mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditation practices, thanks to Jon Kabat Zinn the founder of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course, mindfulness is now being embraced in western health care and medicine.

 

Over the last 35 years research in the fields of medicine, neuroscience and psychology has evidenced a wide range of benefits from taking an 8 week mindfulness course, including:

  • Increased capacity to concentrate, learn, and take broader perspectives

  • Enhanced self–regulation of thoughts, feelings and behaviours, which are linked to recovery and wellbeing

  • Improves immune function and has been shown to decrease frequency of common illnesses such as colds

  • Reduces burnout and increases resilience and empathy

  • Enhances the ability to think and respond in more creative ways

  • Improves engagement with life through raised positive emotions and a general increase in psychological functioning

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Mindful Self-Compassion

 

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported training programme designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

 

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential inter-relatedness, so that we know we aren't alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

 

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

 

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.

 

The course will support you in learning to:

 

Practice self-compassion in daily life

Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion

Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

Transform challenging relationships, old and new

Manage caregiver fatigue

Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation

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