Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the gold standard in teaching and researching mindfulness meditation in clinical psychology. MBSR was started by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a doctoral at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and is the most researched program on mindfulness meditation. When you hear mindfulness or meditation does this or that, odds are it was MBSR that was researched and cited in the article. Of Course, UMass Medical school and Center for Mindfulness has lead the way with the research, but many universities and organizations study this course and many like Harvard, Yale, Brown and SatiMind have started to teach the program. This course is conducted in an 8 week- 2 and a half hour classes, with one all-day class of 8 hours. It’s around thirty hours of instruction, mindfulness practices and exercises with group discussions in order to help someone gain the benefits of mindfulness and establish their own practice at home. Studies state these benefits include reducing pain from 60%-90% and reducing stress up to 50%. MBSR Courses are great because we know their effectiveness from a research standpoint. This is one of the best ways to get someone familiar with and established in the practice of mindfulness meditation.
At SatiMind, our goal is to help get people meditating because we believe that can change the way people live and work. We offer the MBSR course through its 8 classes and an All Day Retreat as one of the ways to start a meditation practice, or to help even seasoned meditators deepen their practice. Through the centuries there have been many other ways to learn to meditate, but we know that the MBSR Course is one of the best ways to get benefits because it has been so fully researched. Teaching the class a half dozen times myself has been a joy and I always feel my students (and myself) get a lot out of the course. It is not the only way I help folks learn meditation but it is one of the more popular, and the dynamics of group learning make it powerful.
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Insights from The Founder, Erik Leslie