Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to what is occurring in your life in a nonreactive way.
Over 30 years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program using meditative techniques to rediscover and cultivate this ability that is present in every person. Current clinical evidence supports the importance of the mind-body connection, and numerous research studies over the past several decades have shown this program to be of clinical benefit for:
- General stress reduction for acute or everyday stressors
- Management of acute or chronic illness including chronic pain
- Increased mental focus
- Learning to be active participants in their own health and well-being
- The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program consists of eight weekly 2 1/2-hour classes and one all-day weekend session. Through guided instruction and group dialogue, participants are taught a variety of mindfulness meditation practices. A home practice manual and CDs are provided for daily home practice to incorporate these skills into everyday life. To find out more, come to one free orientation session.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Orientation Sessions
Cost: $450 (Check with your employer: Program may be covered under flexible spending account or employee development and education.)
Dates: Attendance at an orientation session is necessary to register for MBSR. The next orientation sessions will be Sept. 16, 17 and 18. Classes start Sept. 23, 9-11:30 a.m., or Wednesday, Sept. 24, 5:30-8 p.m.
Sessions are taught by Patricia Normand, MD, director, Mindful Life Program.
To register, please call the Rush University Prevention Center at (312) 942-3133.
Rush University Prevention Center
1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 470, Chicago, IL 60612
Phone (312) 942-3133 | Fax (312) 563-2746 | email: email@example.com