What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is our innate capacity to pay attention in a non-judging way. By paying attention on purpose we invite our natural curiosity to blossom. This creates a state of openness into which new thoughts, feelings, choices, and behaviors can emerge.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) was developed more than 25 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. The original program is now run by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, at UMass Medical School.
Through specific practices of mindful breathing, the bodyscan, yoga stretching, and both sitting and walking meditations, the experience of mindfulness can become anchored in our lives.
These activities are tangible ways to increase the resilience and flexibility we need to meet the challenge and stress we face daily.
The purpose of the 8-week course is to remember and cultivate our inherent ability to pay attention in the present moment—with a clear eye to the truth of our experience and kindness in our hearts.