Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

 

Jon Kabat-Zinn, a world authority on the use of mindfulness training in the management of clinical problems, defines it as: “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

Research indicates that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training can have a significant therapeutic effect for those experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes and other ailments.

Participants in an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program showed decreased gray-matter density in the amygdala, a structure of the brain that plays an important role in anxiety and stress. Participants also showed increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, a region of the brain important for learning and memory.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training was created and is conducted at the University of Massachusetts Medical School by  a certified, highly credentialed (psychiatrist, Ph.D., etc.) MBSR trainer. MBSR training can cost $1,000 or more.

This online MBSR training course is 100% free, created by a fully certified MBSR instructor, and is modeled on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Sources

Hölzel, Britta K. et al. “Mindfulness Practice Leads to Increases in Regional Brain Gray Matter Density.” Psychiatry research 191.1 (2011): 36–43. PMC. Web. 7 Mar. 2017.

 

 

 

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