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Meditation as Medicine - MBSR: An Approach to Stress Reduction, Chronic Pain and Illness
Bob Stahl, Steve Flowers
Saturday, August 9, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Community Meditation Hall
$150 - $70 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s). Please bring your lunch. Code BS1S14.
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The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and featured in Bill Moyer's series "Healing and the Mind." This program is specifically designed for people living with stress, pain or illness, and supports individuals as well as the work of therapists and other caregivers.

MBSR consists of intensive training in mindfulness meditation, gentle mindful movement and group support. The program is designed for people who yearn for more balance in day-to-day life, and it promotes healthy living, renewal and stress management.

Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in day-to-day life. Mindfulness develops the potential to experience each moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with serenity and clarity. One can feel more alive and gain access to the powerful inner resources for healing. Participants learn lifelong tools to help maximize life, even in the midst of stress, pain and illness.

The workshop will be a synergy of principles of MBSR, meditation practices, discussion and inquiry in both small and large groups and is applicable to both health professionals and the lay community.

* Increased self-awareness, trust and acceptance
* More effective coping strategies
* More balance in the face of difficulties
* More accepting attitude to life and challenges
* Decrease in Chronic Pain
* Lasting decreases in stress-related symptoms
* Significant decreases in anxiety and depression
* Improved concentration and creativity
* Improved immune system functioning
* Decreased symptoms secondary to cancer

Teachings are appropriate for meditators of all levels, as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning objectives for participating health care professionals-

-Identify and assess self-limiting thought and behavioral patterns.
-Describe how Buddhist teachings manifest in the teaching of MBSR.
-Recognize & assess how w habitual reactions lead to chronic stress.
-Apply mindfulness techniques to break the habitual reaction and hence reduce stress.

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Online Registration for this event is available until 12 noon one business day before the event. If you can't attend, see our Cancellation Policy.

Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review Daylong Programs at Spirit Rock for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit: 6 CE credits available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses from SRMC-SCRC for $45. Prepayment available on website. For more information, see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.



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