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  1. Welcome to happiness 🌱 Why don't you check out the Academy where you can find our free Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course along with many others that you might find interesting. I hope you'll find our community helpful! 🌈
  2. Who exactly is Jon Kabat-Zinn? Arlo Laibowitz tells us more about the father of mindfulness in the Western world and the creator of the hugely popular and beneficial MBSR course. Plus, read some of his inspiring quotes. Jon Kabat-Zinn (New York, 1944) is widely considered to be one of the founders of transforming Eastern religious mindfulness practices into methods for Western audiences. He's a Professor of Medicine of the University of Massachusetts, and the creator of the well-known and widely respected Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Jon Kabat-Zinn was born in New York City in 1944. The youngest of nine children, his father Elvin Kabat was a biomedical scientist, while his mother Sally Kabat worked as a painter. After graduating from Haverford College, Kabat-Zinn went on to earn a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was while studying here that he was introduced to meditation by Zen missionary Philip Kapleau. Jon Kabat-Zinn and mindfulness background Afterwards, he studied with Thích Nhất Hạnh and Seung Sahn, and at the Insight Meditation Society, founded by Sharon Salzburg, Jack Kornfield, and Joseph Goldstein. Later, in 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It was there that he adapted Buddhist teachings on mindfulness into the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program, that he later renamed into the eight-week course, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). The mindfulness master himself: Jon Kabat-Zinn © flickr.com/UW Health Afterwards, he founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. Jon Kabat-Zinn has conducted a vast amount of research on the effect of MBSR on pain, anxiety, brain function and immune function He's also trained groups of CEOs, clergy, judges, athletes, and congressional staff in mindfulness. His methods and insights have been used to introduce mindfulness and meditation practices in healthcare, schools, corporations, prisons, and other places. “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness master Kabat-Zinn is retired from his professorship at the University of Massachusetts but is still involved in the centres he founded and an avid public speaker, writer, and mindful meditation workshop host. Apart from that, he's held numerous fellowships and memberships, including as a board member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organisation that facilitates dialogues between the Dalai Lama and Western scientists. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) The MBSR program is an eight-week course that incorporates mindfulness, to assist people with stress, pain, anxiety and panic attacks, psychological difficulties, illness and other life issues. MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness and body scans – as well as yoga – to help people become more present. Although MBSR is based on spiritual teachings, the program is secular. The benefits of MBSR include: stress reduction; overcoming chronic anxiety; improvements to the quality of life. MBSR is a method taught by trained instructors, that entails weekly group meetings, a one-day retreat [six-hour mindfulness practice], daily homework (45-60 minutes per day), and instruction in three techniques: mindfulness meditation, body scanning and mindful yoga. Mindfulness: be in the moment, whatever you're feeling MBSR is based on the fundaments of non-judgmental awareness, non-striving, acceptance, letting go, beginner’s mind, patience, trust and non-cantering. Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness.” During the program, participants are invited to focus both on their practice and on incorporating mindfulness into everyday routines. In doing so, MBSR enhances self-management and coping with the environment, and one’s reaction to it. MBSR also helps you to stop ruminating on the past or worrying about the future. The MBSR course is offered by medical centres, hospitals, and general health organisations. RELATED: The time is now – how to stop worrying about the future Jon Kabat-Zinn has written numerous books on mindfulness and MBSR. The first one, Full Catastrophe Living, gives detailed instructions for the practice of MBSR. His second book, Wherever You Go, There You Are, became a best-seller in giving a very down-to-earth introduction to mindfulness. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness master Afterwards, Kabat-Zinn wrote more books, including Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life, The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness, Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment – And Your Life, and Coming Through Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, in which Kabat-Zinn reflects on sentience and awareness. Online resources for Jon Kabat-Zinn The net provides a wide range of possibilities to familiarize yourself with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s ideas, the MBSR program, and more. A lot of these materials are a mixture between free and paid-for. On the website soundstrue.com, there are a couple of different mindfulness podcasts starring Kabat-Zinn and his ideas. Topics included are: The mindfulness revolution. Resting in Awareness. Creating the Future in this Moment. “Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness master On the excellent website Audiodharma of the Insight Meditation Center, you can find hundreds of guided meditations, talks and interviews, with most of the big names in mindfulness and meditation included. Kabat-Zinn is also featured, in three talks on mindfulness in education. RELATED: 7 mindfulness tips for staying engaged On the Mindfulness CDs website, associated with Jon Kabat-Zinn, you can find three paid-for collections of guided meditations by him. You can find a collection of videos of him speaking on different subjects, that link through to YouTube, where you can find many other videos, including guided meditations and full-length lectures. Likewise, there are many videos available starring Kabat-Zinn, either in interviews, or in lectures. The Greater Good Science Center has an overview of different videos with Kabat-Zinn. Topics included are: mindfulness, MBSR, compassion and well-being. The GGSC also hosts a free MOOC on edx called "the science of happiness". Jon Kabat-Zinn remains an active speaker © flickr.com/UW Health The Connection is a documentary film, internet platform and blog, with separate videos on the connection between health and the mind. Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of the featured experts that also include Andrew Weil, Herbert Benson, and Sara Lazar. RELATED: Do mindfulness apps work? As mentioned, Kabat-Zinn is still active as a public speaker, lecturer and event host. On E-Omega, you can find a schedule with some upcoming workshops on mindfulness and meditation. On Facebook, you can find a page dedicated to news and updates on Kabat-Zinn, managed by admirers, and you can follow the man himself on Twitter, too! ● Main image: colourbox.com Written by Arlo Laibowitz Arlo is a filmmaker, artist, lecturer, and intermittent practitioner of metta meditation and morning yoga. When not dreaming about impossible projects and making them happen in the most impractical ways possible, he journals, listens to jazz, or cuddles with his better half.
  3. Hi everyone, My name is Shannon. I live in the Syracuse, NY area and currently have a SNOW DAY from work so I thought this would be a great day to start the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course here. I am a pretty happy woman most of the time, but definitely suffer in the winter! Nice to e-meet all of you!
  4. MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) is an 8-week foundation course that provides an introduction to the practice of mindfulness and is suitable for adults who are ready to invest in their health and wellbeing. There will be plenty of opportunity for each participant to get the guidance they need to establish their own personal mindfulness meditation practice. MBSR is a certificated course that gives you the grounding for any further specialist training in mindfulness and to move on to teacher training courses if you wanted to in the future. In an effort to make the course accessible to all I am offering a sliding scale of fees, from which you can choose as fits your means without requiring any proof, we call this 'trust basis' - you pay what you can honestly afford- £195/ 225/ 255 The course will be held at the University of Dundee Chaplaincy on Saturday mornings from 10am until 12.30pm on the following dates: January 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th, Full practice day 10am-4pm on Saturday 15th February (held in countryside location very close to Dundee) Feb 22nd, March 7th, March 14th To receive the certificate you cannot miss more than one or two sessions and you must attend the silent day of practice. Please find the application form here: https://earthworks-ecopsychology.com/mindfulness Please email Stephanie in the with your application form to begin the booking process: stephaniefgooding@gmail.com and type "MBSR" in the subject line. Before making a payment please arrange a short informal chat (in person or by phone/ zoom) with Stephanie to check the suitability of the course for you at the current time. If you experience a significant challenging life event near to the time of the course start it will be important to review suitability (fees would of course be refunded if that were the case). The 8 week course is an immersive experience, each class being 2.5 hours and home practice each week of around an hour, that will gradually extend through your normal daily activities so that over the duration of the course you will have integrated mindfulness into your daily life. In addition, a full day of silent (guided) practice is included. Mindfulness Training is about ‘waking up’ to be with reality as it is, with an open, non-judging mind. Mindfulness has roots in Buddhism, however this is a non-religious course that is about opening to our own experience. This is not about trying to attain any state of relaxation, nor is it all about meditation, it is about developing an awareness of how things really are, without grasping at how we wish they were different. Stephanie Gooding is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, HCPC registered, who has practiced mindfulness for around 20 years both for herself and professionally with clients of ages 12 to 75 and over. (This course is for adults age 18+). She has undertaken specialist training with the Mindfulness Network and Bangor University and has a background in study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism. Also see: https://facebook.com/events/568859850551838/?ti=icl
  5. Rosa, I have also been suffering from depression, so I completely understand how debilitating and lonely it can be. One of the things that keeps us in depression is the constant negative dialogue in our heads - it’s not easy to start feeling better when that voice in our heads keeps reminding us that we are failures or unworthy; that constant rumination tends to focus our attention on reliving hurt or regret from the past - or worrying and fearful about the future; it’s a bit like having your mind hijacked by an incessant, negative voice intent on keeping you locked in a depressed state. Recently, I learned about ‘mindfulness’ and it is making a huge difference for me. Here, on the Happiness.com website, there is a free 8 week, online course you can do called MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction), which teaches you how to quieten that negative self talk. MBSR has been extensively studied by neuroscientists and it has been shown to have a physical impact on our brain’s neural pathways - helping to alleviate both depression and anxiety. When I first started, I was horrified at the thoughts that ran rampant in my mind. It is helping me to be more present in the ‘now’, while changing that dialogue into one of love and self compassion - for me, just becoming aware of the pattern of thinking and being able to now interrupt it, is a victory! At the top of the screen, you will see a tab called ‘Academy’, click on that and choose the option MBSR. I would also suggest getting the book ‘Full Catastrophe Living’ by Jon Cabot Zinn. He actually developed the MBSR program and the book is required reading as a part of the course. best of luck darling!
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