Move Toward Greater Balance, Control, and Participation in Your Life
Across the world, people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and beliefs have practiced mindfulness meditation and stress reduction techniques. They are a lot like you, and they’ve learned to integrate the methods developed at the Center for Mindfulness into their everyday lives.
More than two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program report:
- Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
- Improved self-esteem
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
- An increased ability to relax
- An ability to cope more effectively with both short- and long-term stressful situations
Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.
In contrast, you’ve probably encountered moments of “mindlessness”—a loss of awareness resulting in forgetfulness, separation from self, and a sense of living mechanically.
Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well-being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training is intended to ignite this inner capacity and infuse your life with awareness.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training is highly respected within the medical community. It is not offered as an alternative to traditional medical and psychological treatments but as a complement to these approaches.
The teacher’s experiences over nearly three decades suggest that doing what you can for yourself, coupled with what your physician can do for you, can be far more effective than either approach on its own.
About Your Stress Reduction Teachers & Authors:
DR. SAKI SANTORELLI
Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, is the former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is the author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine.
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, is a senior MBSR teacher and a former member of the executive leadership team for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She wrote, coordinated, and is featured on the video program Living Awake: Mindfulness Practices for Young Adults.
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