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Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) : An Evening of Mindfulness and Meditation

All MBSR alumni are invited to an MBSR Tune Up July 15, 2019
Details here…

 To the mind that is still
The whole universe surrenders.

~ The Buddha

Mindfulness is now a familiar word these days – in the media and in conversation. But what does it really mean and why does it matter?

In this 1.5 hour workshop participants will learn what mindfulness is and how it can bring relief and joy to people overburdened with stress. In a series of brief experiential exercises including a short meditation and with opportunities for reflection and discussion, participants will be introduced to valuable practices that can help put racing thoughts on hold and create space and presence in our lives.

Suitable for beginners and for those with a meditation practice who want to know more about mindfulness, meditation and the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course offered at Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation beginning in the fall.

Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the late ’70’s, MBSR has been studied by Kabat-Zinn and his fellow researchers at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and shown to lower stress, boost immune response, and bring more happiness and peace to people with a variety of physical and psychological conditions.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an in-depth 8-week course with weekly sessions from 2.5-3 hours. It will be offered at Innerlight on Mondays at 6pm beginning September 30th, 2019. Participants who have completed this workshop and who wish to take the MBSR course may apply and schedule an individual meeting with the teacher. Watch for the MBSR course website listing for details.

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Offered by Nancy Bennett
Qualified MBSR teacher trained at the Center for Mindfulness (CFM), UMASS Medical School.

Click here to sign up for this Info Session.
Price for Introduction to MBSR: $18

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Viktor Frankl

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Viktor Frankl

“Moments of experiencing wholeness, moments when you connect with the domain of your own being, often include a palpable sense of being larger than your problems and in a much better position to come to terms with them.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

In the MBSR course, participants will explore what causes stress, how perception affects stress levels, what makes it difficult to manage stress, and what helps free us from reactivity to stress so that we can respond with wisdom and compassion for ourselves and others. Through a variety of mindfulness practices including sitting and walking meditation, the body scan, mindful movement/yoga, and loving kindness meditation, participants will learn to bring awareness to thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations to empower themselves to live their lives more fully, more productively, more joyfully.

These are some of the many reasons people have turned to MBSR: trouble falling asleep, feeling overwhelmed or out of control, impatience with family of friends, feeling anxious or depressed, challenging physical conditions or illnesses, loss of friends or family members, workplace stress, or an inability to enjoy life.

Nancy Bennett – is Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has taught the MBSR course and mindfulness and stress reduction workshops for several years. She trained and received her Qualification from the Center for Mindfulness at the UMASS Medical Center and has been mentored by a Senior Teacher for the Certification path at Brown Mindfulness Center. She has an MA in Pastoral Care & Counseling in the Buddhist track from New York Theological Seminary and the NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care with experience as a chaplain intern in NY & RI hospitals offering mindfulness groups. She has been a meditator since 1998 in the Vipassana/Insight tradition working with renown Insight meditation teachers Joseph Goldstein, Guy Armstrong, Sally Clough Armstrong, Sharon Salzberg, Larry Rosenberg, and Analayo among others.