£250.00 Per person
The 8 Week MBSR course is taught by Rachele Smith BSc RYT MBSR. To find out more about Rachele, her experience and qualifications please visit her profile on Linkedin. This course takes place at the Old School House, starting on January 10th 2018, 7pm - 8:30pm over 8 weeks with an added mutually convenient half day retreat. All course materials and audios are included in the course fee of £250. This fee is payable before the start of the course. There is also an initial interview and informal application process after registering interest.
Meditation is a practice where an individual operates or trains the mind to acknowledge its content without identifying with the content. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to the experiences occurring in the present moment.
MBSR is a programme that incorporates mindfulness to assist people with pain and a range of conditions and life issues. The programme was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970's by Professor Jon Kabat - Zinn. MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and mindful movement to help people become more mindful. In recent years, meditation has been the subject of controlled clinical research. This suggests it may have beneficial effects, including stress reduction, relaxation, and improvements to quality of life, but that it does not prevent or cure disease. While MBSR has it's roots in Buddhist spiritual teachings, the program itself is secular. The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) University of Wales, Bangor recommends a core shape of 8 week mindfulness - based programmes and this is the format which we follow, this includes: An emphasis in the first half of the course on developing experience in steadying the awareness with more focus on concentration practices. Development in the second half of the programme of experience in expanding awareness and applying the learning to daily life and life challenges. Later in the programme development on the application to life challenges of understandings that emerge through the practices. Other than the first session, all sessions start with a long practice, followed by an enquiry on the experience of the home practice during the week. The intention of Loving Kindness runs throughout our formal mindfulness practices and the whole of the 8 week MBSR Course. Participating in an 8 week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study reported in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging (2015), a team of researchers led by Massachusetts general Hospital (MGH), report that the results of their study are the first to document meditation - produced changes over time to the brain's grey matter. Mindfulness practice may be compared to physical exercise. Whilst this analogy is not perfect, experts often describe mindfulness practice as a form of mental exercise. Regular and sustained mindfulness practices are described as helping to strengthen our attentional muscles and change the way we think and behave.
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