The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is a 8-week course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. This course has been taught successfully for more than thirty years. It teaches us to consciously and systematically address the challenges and demands of our everyday life. It helps us to reconnect with the simplicity of life, simply by living in the moment.
It is that by practicing mindfulness, a resource already present within us waiting to be used, we learn life-long tools. By reducing stress, we learn to take charge of our lives and wake up to new possibilities and increased awareness, clarity and calmness.
Students who have completed the 8-week MBSR course report experiencing an increased ability to deal with stress and difficulties. Many report feeling more balanced and an increase in their well-being. Typically, the immune system functions better and the practitioner reports to have more energy and productivity in their lives. Finally, many experience increased levels of attention, concentration, focus and creative problem-solving.