Managing Stress Through Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week introduction to mindfulness through guided meditation, group dialogue, and home practice.
Mindfulness refers to open, non-judgemental awareness of present-moment experience. The MBSR program focuses on the use of mindfulness for managing everyday stressors related to everyday work, health, relationship, and other concerns. Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll learn to be more present and to be more aware of automatic reactions and communication patterns that cause stress.
Learning these skills will allow you to:
- Change your behaviour as needed
- Cope effectively with small stressors,
- Manage larger stressors with calm and equanimity
- Appreciate everyday moments of pleasure and joy
Online MBSR Study
MindSpace is collaborating with McGill University to conduct cutting edge research on mindfulness in our MBSR program. This online study is open to all MBSR participants and pays up to $56. Please click here to find out more.
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The MindSpace MBSR program is based directly on the MBSR program developed in the 1980s by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Mindfulness is originally a Buddhist practice and Kabat-Zinn is credited with its integration into mainstream Western psychology and medicine.
Over the past four decades, the enormously successful MBSR program has become popular around the globe. Thanks to pioneering research out of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, MBSR is now an evidence-based program scientifically demonstrated to help individuals suffering from chronic stress, addictions, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other conditions that impact quality of life. MBSR is currently offered in hospitals, universities, and health clinics worldwide.
Mindfulness is simple but requires practice. The calm presence of MindSpace teachers and the supportive group environment will allow you to integrate the MBSR material and develop your personal mindfulness practice at your own pace. The ultimate goal of the program is for you to develop a daily meditation practice and to integrate mindfulness into daily life. No prior experience with mindfulness or meditation is necessary.
Our MBSR groups meet for two hours per week, with an all-day silent meditation retreat between weeks six and seven. Participants are provided with reading material to accompany in-class discussions, and audio guides for at-home meditation practice.
If you have already completed the MBSR program, you are invited to join our weekly sitting groups, which are a great way to connect with other MBSR graduates and deepen your mindfulness practice.