COURSE FULL–8 Week-MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION COURSE (MBSR)-This is will be conducted online through ZOOM- COURSE IS FULL

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It is an eight week course that integrates mindfulness into your daily life.

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PLEASE READ. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It is an eight week course that integrates mindfulness into your daily life.

MBSR Expectations. This course will be conducted online through zoom. It's important to have the necessary internet coverage, and the time and space to be able to, be fully  present for the classes.

Undertaking an MBSR course takes commitment and effort. Please read carefully, and if you have any questions, please contact me at fergusbarrett@yahoo.ie or ring me at 0877732467. If you can't commit to attending (online) to the full course, maybe wait until you have the time to do so. This is to ensure you gain the maximum benefits from the course.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program is an eight week evening course of two and a half hours for each class. The course is designed to teach people how to better take care of themselves and participate fully in improving the health and quality of
their lives as they work with various types of “stressors” or suffering that is limiting the life that they would like to live. Before participating in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course we ask that you please consider these few things before you enroll in class.
To make a personal commitment to MBSR meditation practice.
We encourage 45-60 minutes daily meditation at least 6 days per week for the next 8 weeks.
Your commitment is essential. It is the practice of mindfulness meditation that will enable you to realize its benefits. This commitment can be a challenging one, and may require a lifestyle change. You may have to rearrange your schedule to allow time for daily practice, carving out
time from other activities. Once you taste the benefits of MBSR, then you may find that maintaining a daily practice becomes easier and highly rewarding.
To make a personal commitment to practice mindfulness in daily living (informal mindfulness practice).
We can bring mindfulness to eating, walking, driving, interpersonal relationships, anytime throughout the day. This conscious act of remembering and bringing attention to the present moment and simple activities throughout the day enhances your formal meditation practice.
Both formal and informal practice are just that, practice at being fully present to each moment as life unfolds just as it is.
To put goal attainment on hold.
Putting aside any desire to use MBSR to reach a certain objective (e.g., relaxation, pain relief, inner peace) will allow you to fully experience a primary part of the program, which is “non-doing” or “non- striving.”
To approach your practice with an attitude of kindness, compassion, gentleness, openness and inquisitiveness toward yourself and others.
Your role is to just observe, developing a deeper awareness.

The course starts on Wednesday evening of the 20th of January 2021 at 6:30pm until 9:00pm. There is also a 1 day retreat day on Saturday the 27th of February. There will also  be an orientation session for an hour on the Sunday evening of the 10th of January . This will be for an hour and will start at 7:00pm and finish at 8:00pm. The orientation session will be an opportunity for us all to meet, answer any questions and I will talk about the contents of the course.

The 8-week MBSR was developed in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a micro-biologist working at the university’s Medical Centre.  A few years in he founded the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) there.  He initially intended the programme to be used with patients at the hospital with a broad spectrum of physical and psychological challenges – chronic pain, chronic conditions, anxiety and depression related to illness and illness brought on by anxiety and depression, and so forth.   The premise behind the programme is that, to paraphrase Jon Kabat-Zinn, there is more right with us than wrong with us, as long as we are breathing.  So the issue is not our medical condition, whatever that might be, but rather how we are relating to the challenges in our lives, whatever they might be.  Since 1979 the programme has grown and thousands of people have undertaken it in hospitals, clinics, schools, prisons, companies and various community and commercial settings all across the United States and Canada, and thence to the rest of the world.  The original components of the course structure – adherence to the spirit of the original CFM curriculum, a pre-course orientation, 8 weekly classes of  2.5 hours in length and a full Day of Mindfulness practice between weeks 6 & 7 of the 8 week course – have not changed in nearly 40 years.

Research has shown that MBSR is beneficial to patients with medical conditions (including chronic illness and pain, high blood pressure, cancer, vascular and respiratory disorders and many others), psychological distress (including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue, and sleep disturbances) as well as in preventative medicine and wellness programmes.  A central tenet of MBSR is that we are active participants in our own well being, no matter what the condition of our body and mind.

Thanks Fergus- 087 7732467      fergusbarrett@yahoo.ie

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