Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay wise attention to whatever is happening in your life. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a meditation practice, a systematic method aimed at cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Mindfulness helps you experientially learn how to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body. It mobilizes your own inner resources of coping, growing and healing.
MBSR has helped countless people in a wide range of circumstances. We believe it can be helpful to you, too – if you are willing to actively engage in your own health and well-being. We invite you to engage in an eight-week program at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
Nearing Three Decades of Results
Close to three decades of scientific research at medical centers all over the world suggest that training in mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular can positively, and often profoundly, affect participants’ abilities to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress. All while they learn to live life more fully.
The practice of MBSR began at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since then, more than 24,000 people have completed this well-respected program. Participants are strongly motivated to do something for themselves – something no one else could do for them – by learning how to draw upon their inner resources and natural capacity for greater health and balance, ease and peace of mind.
Highly respected within the medical community, MBSR is not offered as an alternative to traditional medical and psychological treatments, but as a complement to these approaches. Participants’ experience over nearly three decades suggests that doing what you can for yourself, coupled with what your physician can do for you, can be far more effective than either approach on its own.