Encore: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
The topic today is mindfulness (what it is, what it isn't, background, outcomes, benefits, research around the topic and how it's applied in recovery). Mindfulness meditation is a grounded, 'in the body' presence which enables a greater capacity for self-awareness and equanimity; it is not an esoteric 'out of body' experience. • Mindfulness is a practice, rather than a philosophy; it is not enough to simply read about and 'understand' mindfulness. • Mindfulness is the process of engagement and cultivation of experiencing right now; it is not a 'technique'. • Mindfulness is a way of being that reconnects us to our own innate wisdom and wholeness. • Mindfulness in our culture today finds its roots in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, in 1979 for the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.