Counseling & Psychological Services
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn as an adjunct treatment for people with a variety of health problems. It is based on the principles of mindfulness, which involves paying attention to the present moment with a spirit of inquiry and non-judging acceptance. It is a way of being with things as they are. This kind of awareness supports us in responding skillfully to our internal and external experiences, whether we like them or not. Although living mindfully is available to us all the time, we tend to forget or become distracted. Mindfulness meditation is the core of the MBSR Program which this 8-week group is based upon. Scientific research suggests these practices can help us respond to stress, improve our physical, emotional and mental well-being, positively impact our relationships, and improve our ability to focus and concentrate.
Participants in the MBSR group will commit to an 8-week group that involves learning about MBSR and practicing meditation. This experience will provide students with a foundation of research-based practices for holding their experience in awareness and responding skillfully now rather than waiting for a future that has yet to happen. The purpose of these practices is not to learn to relax (although they are sometimes relaxing) but to relate mindfully to whatever you experience, however joyful or painful. Practice outside of the group is expected, in order to experience the most benefits. If you are interested in joining the MBSR group or want to learn more, please telephone CAPS at 274-2548 and schedule a pre-group meeting with the facilitator.