“…what if it were possible to hold the whole of it in awareness and allow it to be just as it already is?
That would be an incredible radical act.”
– Jon Kabat- Zinn
Mindfulness- based stress reduction (MBSR) is the original work of Dr Jon Kabat- Zinn & colleagues, at The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare & Society, Massachusetts Medical School. An eight week / 9 session mindfulness group training, MBSR extends an invitation to re-discover a life – affirming way of being no matter what the circumstances.
With over 30 years of published research, MBSR has been shown repeatedly to be helpful to those living with the stress caused by chronic illness and pain. At Compassion Field we really value MBSR for durability, integrity and flexibility in application since 1979 in the context of mental as well as physical health problems in hospitals, schools, prisons and business settings. It has often been observed that those who are worst affected seem to benefit most.
Participants regularly report:-
- an increased ability to cope with stressful situations
- decreases in both physical and psychological symptoms last long beyond the duration of the course
- increased ability to cope with pain & distress
- feeling calmer and happier
- increase in energy and motivation
- increase in self confidence
Frances Collins has taught in excess of 25 MBSR groups within NHS as well as other settings to people with long-term conditions.
All of our associate facilitators of MBSR at Compassion Field are aligned to the Principles and Standards for the training of teachers to deliver MBSR as instructed by the Centre for Mindfulness Massachusetts.