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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

Mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to what is happening in your life in a nonreactive way.

More than 30 years ago, 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. 

Mindfulness-based stress reduction at Rush

The mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program at Rush involves eight weekly 2 and 1/2 hour classes and one all-day weekend session.

Through guided instruction and group dialogue, you will learn a variety of mindfulness meditation practices. To help you use these skills in everyday life, you will receive a home practice manual and CDs.

Register for the MBSR program at Rush

To register, call the Rush University Prevention Center at (312) 942-3133.

  • Program cost: $450. Check with your employer; your flexible spending account or an employee development benefit program may cover this program.
  • Dates: Call for information about dates for the next program and orientation session.
  • Program director: Patricia Normand, MD, director of the Mindful Life Program, leads the program. 

Benefits of MBSR

Evidence supports the importance of the mind-body connection. Research studies have shown this program to have the following benefits:

  • Stress reduction for acute or everyday stressors
  • Managing acute or chronic illness, including chronic pain
  • Increasing mental focus
  • Helping you play an active role in your own health and well-being

Sign up for a free orientation session to learn more

Call the Prevention Center at (312) 942-3133 to learn about dates and times for the next orientation session.