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
- Program cost: $450. Check with your employer; your flexible spending account or an employee development benefit program may cover this program.
- Dates: Free orientation sessions, Feb. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Eight weekly classes begin March 6.
- Registration: To register or for more information, contact the Rush Department of Psychiatry at (312) 942-0118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Instructors: Patricia Normand, MD, Susan Gray, CWC.
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