Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: The MBSR Program for Enhancing Health and Vitality
Practicing mindfulness helps us meet life’s challenges with gentleness and clarity. By fully engaging in the present moment as best we can, we nurture our capacity to approach difficulties with less judgment and water the seeds of wisdom and openheartedness in ourselves. This book offers a concise and thorough immersion in the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. It features straightforward instruction in the main exercises of MBSR — sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, yoga, body scan, and informal, everyday practices. MBSR has been shown to help alleviate symptoms associated with chronic illness, anxiety, pain, burnout, cancer, and other stress-related conditions.
The authors, two leading MBSR teacher trainers, provide step-by-step instructions as well as illustrative real-life examples. Readers embarking on a course in MBSR will find clear guidance, trainers will gain a valuable tool for their teaching, and anyone experiencing or receiving treatment for challenges of mind, body, or spirit will find practical, inspirational help.
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3 Stress Lifes Challenges and Mindfulness
Part 2 The EightWeek MBSR Course
The Mindfulness Compass
5 The EightWeek MBSR Program
Week 1 Exploring Mindfulness
Week 2 How We Perceive the World and Ourselves
Week 3 Being at Home in Our Own Body
Week 7 Taking Care of Ourselves
Week 8 Looking Backward Going Forward
The Institute for MindfulnessBased Approaches
Week 4 What Is Stress?
Reaction or Mindful Response
Week 6 Mindful Communication
Deepening the Practice in Stillness
The Ruhr Mindfulness Institute
About the Authors