"Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life."
- Center for Mindfulness
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed more than 35 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD to help individuals and patients learn to take better care of themselves by understanding the mind-body connection and mobilizing their own inner resources for coping, growing, and healing. Nearly three decades of scientific research suggest that training in mindfulness (paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally) can positively affect one's ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live more fully. Public interest and clinical research on mindfulness has exploded in the past five years within the areas of healthcare, business, education, and even sports performance.
Cultivating this innate human capacity can have a significantly positive impact on your physical health (e.g. improved immune function, healthier sleep, etc.) emotional balance (reduced depression, anxiety, reactivity) and social connections (reduced feelings of isolation, increased compassion). Moreover, evidence suggests that training attention in this way can help with managing chronic pain, and improve one's work performance (increased observational skills, improved concentration, productivity, decreased medical symptoms) and reduce professional burnout.
MBSR is an intensive 8-week, evidenced-based model to help individuals live more mindfully. MBSR is offered in Asheville at Mission Hospital, and other locations.
Please contact us if you need additional information, would like to pre-register, and/or would like to be added to Asheville Mindful Living Newsletter.