What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979, MBSR is based on a practice known as mindfulness. Although mindfulness is an inherent human capacity, it needs to be developed and strengthened in order for us to harness

its healing qualities. Mindfulness training offers a systematic method of cultivating mental clarity, insight and well-being through meditation, yoga, and inquiry. Mindfulness training has been utilized as a highly successful adjunct treatment for individuals who deal with illness and chronic pain, but it also offers great benefits to anyone who suffers from anxiety or is affected by the stress of daily living. Understanding how to relate to life's challenges mindfully is a cornerstone of mindfulness training. This training offers students the opportunity to explore the interplay of body and mind while mobilizing and strengthening inner resources .

How does MBSR work?

By practicing in class and by listening to guided meditation CDs at home, participants learn to bring greater awareness into daily life. Highly participatory, supportive, and structured, the MBSR Program will provide you with:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • Individually tailored instruction
  • Daily home assignments
  • Guided meditation CDs and handouts

Who will benefit?

Research has shown that MBSR benefits individuals with a variety of conditions and concerns:

Stress – including work, school, family, financial, illness, aging, grief, uncertainty about the future, feeling "out of control"

Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, asthma, skin disorders, immune disorders

Psychological distress – including anxiety, panic, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.

Prevention and Wellness – for individuals seeking tools to find greater balance in life.

For research updates please review the information from the Center for Mindfulness at Umass: http://www.umassmed.edu/Content.aspx?id=41286

Long Island Wellness & Mindfulness-Based Resources

1. http://transformationalspaces.com , (Psychotherapy, Wellness, Martial Arts)

2. Lucille Buergers, R-LCSW

Mindful Psychotherapy: Individuals, Families, Teens

For information call: 631 728-2221 or email: [email protected]


Video Clip: Guided Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Give it a try!

A short guided mindful meditation experience with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Video Clip from the Center for Mindfulness (10 minutes)