Mindfulness: A Medically Sound Practice for Learning, Growing, and Healing
From the course page by Sounds True:
In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts to bring a form of meditation known as mindfulness into the medical mainstream.
Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay attention to whatever is happening in your life that allows you a greater sense of connection to your life inwardly and outwardly.
Mindfulness is also a practice, a systematic method aimed at cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding.
In the context of your health, mindfulness is a way for you to experientially learn to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and mobilizing your own inner resources for coping, growing, and healing.
More than three decades of scientific research at medical centers all over the world suggests that training in mindfulness and MBSR can positively and often profoundly affect participants’ ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.
The teachers are Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, and Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Here is a brief video about the values of mindfulness in relieving stress, and improving health and quality of life:
Saki Santorelli notes “often enough we’re living in the past or we’re living in the future – but the past is gone and the future hasn’t arrived.
“But now is right here – this is when we hear the sound of the birds, this is when we feel the caress of our child’s hand against our face.
“Mindfulness is a way of beginning to become more attentive to the present moment, to the actuality of being alive, and – maybe even more importantly – participating in that act of being alive.”
book: Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine by Saki Santorelli.
book: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety by Bob Stahl, Florence Meleo-Meyer.
Examples of Core Sessions to Help You Create Your Own Mindfulness Practice
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