Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction:

  • Is based upon ancient healing practices and combines mindfulness meditation and yoga
  • The practice of mindfulness is ideal for cultivating a greater awareness of the unity of the mind and body, as well as how unconscious feelings, thoughts, and behaviors can undermine physical, spiritual, and emotional health
  • The mind is a known factor of stress and stress-related disorders, and meditation has been shown to positively affect a range of autonomic physiological processes, such as reducing overall emotional reactivity, lowering blood pressure, and improving quality of life

Benefits of MBSR:

  • Anxiety reduction
  • Stress management skills
  • Improved immune system function
  • Better sleep quality
  • Increases ability to focus
  • Reduction in negative feelings of anger, depression, and tension
  • Decrease in physical conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome

Illnesses MBSR has been shown to benefit:

Chronic pain Heart disease
Stress disorders Cancer
Personal well-being Anxiety
Hypertension Major depression
Diabetes Hot flashes
Sleep disturbances Mood disorders
Fibromyalgia HIV
Gastrointestinal disorders Asthma

Evidence-based research articles in support of MBSR

  • Beck, M. (2008). Putting an end to mindless munching. Retrieved from The Wall Street Journal
  • Beck, M. (2011). Conquering fear. Retrieved from The Wall Street Journal
  • Bertin, M. (2013). Feed your brain, feed your life: The science of everyday mindfulness. Retrieved from Huffington Post
  • Brown, K. W., & Ryan, R. M. (2003). The benefits of being present: Mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being. Retrieved from Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • Carmody, J., & Baer, R. A. (2007). Relationships between mindfulness practice and levels of mindfulness, medical and psychological symptoms and well-being in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program. Retrieved from Journal of Behavioral Medicine
  • Grossman, P., Niemann, L., Schmidt, S., & Walach, H. (2004). Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health benefits: A meta-analysis. Retrieved from Journal of Psychosomatic Research
  • Miller, J. J., Fletcher, K., & Kabat-Zinn, J. (1995). Three-year follow-up and clinical implications of a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction intervention in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Retrieved from General Hospital Psychiatry
  • Rosenzweig, S., Greeson, J. S., Reibel, D. K., Green, J. S., Jasser, S. A., & Beasley, D. (2010). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for chronic pain conditions: Variation in treatment outcomes and role of home meditation practice. Retrieved from Journal of Psychosomatic Research
  • Schatz, C. (2011). Mindfulness meditation improves connections in the brain. Retrieved from Harvard Health Publications
  • Trafton, A. (2011). The benefits of meditation: MIT and Harvard neuroscientists explain why the practice tunes out distractions and relieve pain. Retrieved from MIT News

For more information regarding mindfulness-based stress reduction, please visit Mindful Living Programs, Mindfulness, and Mindfulness Meditation.