Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Feeling Stressed, Sleepless, Anxious or Overwhelmed?
The world in which we live is moving faster and faster and our senses are bombarded, often from the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the moment we go to bed. Turning out the lights, hungry for sleep and perhaps a moment of peace or ease and we find our minds racing with worry and running through our mental “to do” list. Where is ease or relief to be found?
This course will meet every Thursday from September 16 through November 4. Cost is $400 ($240 for Lifespan employees).
There will be an orientation via Zoom on Thursday, September 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
What Is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a meditation therapy, originally designed for stress management. It has been found to treat a variety of illnesses such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, cancer, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, skin and immune disorders.
What Are the Exercises of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction exercise begins in your head with focusing. This is to mindfulness what stretching is to running. Focusing is how you begin to train your mind. Like a runner training for a race, you are training your mind to become more aware and to build awareness. Physically, this includes breathing, focusing on an object, paying attention to the body, walking slowly, paying full attention to the moment, mindful eating, yoga, riding out your emotions, and more.
How Is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Used?
This approach to body, mind, and health can increase one’s ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices. A growing body of evidence has found that when people intentionally practice being mindful, they feel less stressed, anxious, and depressed. Research also shows positive effects on several aspects of overall health, including the mind, the brain, the body, and behavior, as well as a person’s relationships with others.
What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?
While mindfulness has been in practice for thousands of years, its relevance to good health has been renewed in modern medicine.
Mindfulness has been found to help with:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- High blood pressure
- Caregiver stress
- Chronic illness
- Pain related disorders
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Near Me in Rhode Island
Our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course is an intensive 8-week course designed to help you cultivate and strengthen your own inner resources for healing, well-being and ease amid the challenges of your life. Whatever those challenges and demands may be, the course can help you connect more deeply to what nourishes you in your life.
What Recent Participants Have Said
“I thought the workshop was excellent.”
“Well organized, great materials, a very nice program.”
"Uplifting." “Everything about the program was wonderful. I really liked sharing experiences with everyone.”
“Better than any Christmas or birthday present. Like being given the keys to a kingdom that no one can take away.”
About the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course
The course consists of 8 weekly classes, a Saturday all-day session and daily mindfulness homework practices. In class and through the homework, you will learn practical skills in mindfulness that allow you to deepen your capacity to pay attention, to be more present and to learn how to work more effectively with the stressors and challenges in your life. The course requires a strong commitment to participation and engagement in the class over the 8 weeks.
The course is taught by mindfulness-based stress reduction instructors certified through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
In a comfortable and supportive environment, you will learn:
- Mindfulness meditation practices
- Mindful movement (gentle stretching, yoga, chair yoga)
- How to enhance awareness in your everyday life
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course Details
The program consists of:
- Mandatory orientation prior to the start of the program
- Weekly classes (2.5 hours) – one night per week for 8 weeks
- Saturday all-day session
- Home assignments (45-60 minutes each day)
The course is open to men and women.