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Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Jan 04, 2014 04:29AM

The Center for Mindful Living in Tenleytown is offering a special three-hour introductory class, led by Bill Mies, for anyone interested in learning more about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Saturday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MBSR assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond more skillfully to stress, medical and psychological conditions and promote healthy living. It offers spiritual insight and practices along with a practical application to health and well being.

The classes in the MBSR series are modeled after the ones offered at the Stress Reduction Clinic, developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The clinic has been featured on PBS in Bill Moyers’ documentary, Healing and the Mind, the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Dateline, ABC’s Evening News and hundreds of newspapers and magazine articles. Attendees have the opportunity to sign-up for this more comprehensive course, consisting of eight 2.5-hour weekly classes and one 6-hour day-long workshop, starting on January 16.

During this introductory class, attendees will learn about the goals/objectives and content of the eight-week MBSR series. They will be introduced to and experience some of the major elements of the course, to include guided body awareness meditation, guided formal mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching and mindful movement, group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life. Dialogue with the instructor will also take place, to answer any questions about MBSR.

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