I recently got the chance to have 10 mindfulness stress based reduction classes for free.  As I am a student as well as shop owner, despite thinking of myself as easy going I have experienced my fair share of stress lately so was looking forward to the classes. Mindfulness is about living in the moment, being able to step away from the constant chatter of thoughts and of planning this and that, even if just for a little bit, but with the intention of hopefully living your life in a calmer and more thoughtful way.
Open your eyes and study the raisin, try holding it up to the light to see the different colours, and again observe and feel if you like all the surfaces of it – does it remind you of anything?
Now smell the raisin, take some deep sniffs.  and now its time to hear the raisin (!) put it by your ear and squish it a little bit. The raisin excercise shows us how experience can be transformed by bringing curiousity in what we do, and this is frequently drawn upon in mindfulness classes, where we are invited to be curious about sensations in the body and mind that we think we are super familiar with but are probably not – and this can bring new joys to our lives! I hope you enjoyed your raisin, I’ll be writing more about mindfulness in the future! You can also experiment with channeling some energy into the fruit or if you know Reiki, run a little Reiki into it.
Since writing this I met a Reiki Master who always Reiki’s her food before eating it.
Since 1979, more than 18,000 people have completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program.
The program was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD at the Stress Reduction Clinic of UMass Medical School.
Investigate the nature of stress- how habitual reactions increase it, and how it affects your life. Have more control over your own health and fitness, and feel empowered to live with more joy and equanimity. I offer the 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs periodically and would be very happy to welcome you! If you are looking for an introduction to mindfulness or you already have a mindfulness practice but would like an opportunity to refresh and deepen it- this weekend is for you!
During this experiential weekend we will explore how mindfulness helps usA to live with deeper awareness and presence.
Mindfulness is about coming home to yourself and finding refuge in the spaciousness of the present moment. Lodging:A Guest accommodations are available in contemporary and beautifully appointed rooms. Handouts of Mindfulness Practices: meditation, mindful eating, mindful walking and loving-kindness. As far back as 1983 Time magazinea€™s cover story referred to stress as, a€?The Epidemic of The Eighties,a€? describing it as a major health problem.A Since then researchers have measured levels of stress in many different groups, and studied the effect of stress on health, concluding that a significant percentage of visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related issues. When the stressors of your everyday life are always present, leaving you constantly feeling stressed, tense, nervous or on edge, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on.
No two people respond to stress in the same way-what is stressful for you may be an exciting challenge for someone else.
Of course, other potentially serious health problems also can cause some of these symptoms.
LOW Stress is associated with a healthier life, less fatigue and more peace of mind, but watch for any signs and symptoms of increasing stress, including headache, indigestion, mood swings or increased anger.
HIGH LEVEL of stress puts you at increased risk of serious health consequences, including obesity, heart disease and depression. When you are under stress, it is extremely difficult to create and maintain healthy fulfilling relationships.
Adapt - see if there are changes you can make in your attitude and behavior that help you adapt to stressful situations.
Resilience - People with good emotional health have an ability to bounce back from stress and adversity. The mindfulness way of managing stress develops skills for responding to stress in a more constructive and harmonious way that helps bring balance and ease back into your life. The mindfulness approach to managing stress focuses on the important difference between a stress reaction and a stress response. Stress reactions are the habitual patterns of responding to stress often in unhealthy and damaging ways -as outlined in the section on stress above. Stress Reactions are often self-destructive behaviors like substance abuse, smoking, overeating and dependence on caffeine and a workaholic way of life that bring short-term distraction and relief.
There is a healthy and effective alternative to the stress reaction-that is the stress response. Perhaps this does not sound like a dramatic difference but as soon as you bring awareness to what is going on in a stressful situation, you have a range of options available to you that can change the situation and its outcome dramatically. A mindful response to stress involves acknowledging emotions as they are arising, and allowing yourself to feel your feelings rather than suppressing them.
When you are able to notice the arising of feelings, sensations, and thoughts, as they are occurring-in the moment-you have a choice.
A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course is a wonderful way to learn more effective ways of managing stress.


Mindful yoga or mindful movement is one of the formal meditation practices used in MBSR – Mindfulness-based stress reduction. It is not a competition between the people in the room, nor a competition with ourselves, it is just a matter of living the moment, experiencing our experience, as we do when we practice sitting meditation or the body scan. Listening to corporal signs, listening to what our body is telling us… How far can we reach? While we practice mindful yoga or mindful movement, nothing else exists.  Ourselves, our bodies, that particular movement, experiencing it, listening to it, embodying it…. We may have raised our hands  and  arms thousands of times in our life, but when we do it with awareness, we reach a new dimension that probably we never thought  could exist.
Jon Kabat-Zin wanted to give a new meaning to walking, so he introduced the walking meditation within the formal practices that form the MBSR – Mindfulness-based stress reduction. It may be difficult at the beginning: for many years we have used our legs mechanically likely you could even feel awkward during the activity.
Before starting practice, think about breathing slowly during those two or three initial steps to accustom your body and mind to this new way of walking.
It is a course that helps participants draw on their own inner resources and actively engage in caring for themselves and finding greater balance, ease, and peace of mind. The technique was originally developed for use in hospitals with patients suffering from painful, chronic, or disabling conditions.
A Discover how living with mindful awarenessA helps you access your own inner oasis of peace and tranquility and bring more balance, harmony and joy to your life. Erica has taught and presented at local hospitals, cancer support groups and the University of Washington, and is an instructor of the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. When danger is sensed-whether real or imagined -the fight or flight or freeze response is activated-which is a normal, protective stress response. The less control you have over potentially stress-inducing events and the more uncertainty they create, the more likely you are to feel stressed. Neck and shoulder muscle tension or clenched jaws or fists are often early warning signs of stress. When you are under stress, perhaps you automatically expect the worst or magnify the negative aspects of a situation. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent forgetfulness or your decreased productivity at work. If you are not sure if stress is the cause or if you have taken steps to control your stress but symptoms continue, see your doctor. Your capacity for thinking clearly, communicating well, or listening attentively is likely to be seriously impaired. Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs may provide an easy escape from stress, but the relief is only temporary. Whenever possible learn to say no and make decisions to simplify your life avoiding sources of stress. It is an evidence-based approach that promotes patterns of behavior and attitudes that support your long-term health and well-being. This crucial difference was described by Jon Kabat-Zinn in Full Catastrophe Living-Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.A A  This book, which outlines the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, has been extremely helpful in helping thousands of people live more stress-free, healthy and fulfilling lives.
They are strategies that are reflected in our societya€™s dependence on drugs legal and illegal. The difference between the two being that the stress reaction is automatic and unconscious; whereas the stress response is a process of bringing awareness to what is happening in the moment, in our bodies, minds and emotions.
Instead of the habitual, default pattern of reacting to stress; you learn to respond mindfully, so transforming your old habits of stress reaction. It involves recognizing when you are feeling angry, afraid or threatened and paying attention to the tension and sensations in your body.
You can choose not to go down the familiar path of mindless automatic reaction, which always a€?pushes your buttons,a€? but to stay in mindful real-time awareness of what is happening in this moment.
The Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where it all started more than 30 years ago. Mindfulness Meditation NYC is a collaborative of MBSR teachers offering classes in the NYC area. It is a great source of information for anyone who wants to know about Mindfulness and MBSR, regardless of their location. The Center for Mindfulness research and Practice at Bangor University in Wales, United Kingdom, is one of the leading centres for teaching and research on Mindfulness in Europe and throughout the world.
Most of the time it is done with our eyes open, but some movements can also be performed with our eyes closed, what may deliver a different dimension to the movement.
But in most cases, we do it automatically, without thinking on the added value it can bring us. You can set your eyes straight ahead or you can look down and see how the foot up from the floor and back down, and feel the rhythm of your steps. Walking as a practice itself, try not to treat it as a further goal, as we usually do during our busy daily life.
The soles should focus your attention: be aware of the contact between them and the ground you walk on.


It was found that following participation in an MBSR program, participanta€™s levels of anxiety and depression decreased and their sense of wellbeing increased. A It is even correlated with a stronger and healthier brain- improving memory and cognitive function! For our ancestors this was primarily a reaction to physical threat and danger, but these days the major source of our stress is psychological. Even the typical day-to-day demands of living can contribute to your body's stress response.
To find your stress level, circle every experience that you have had in the last 12 months and total the points.
Stress may cause an upset stomach, shortness of breath, back pain, headaches and other physical symptoms as well. Stress may trigger you to eat even when you are not hungry or to lose track of your meal and exercise plans. When you're under pressure, you may find yourself arguing with co-workers, friends or loved ones a€” sometimes with little provocation or about things that have nothing to do with what's actually triggering your stress. Also, if you have chest pain, especially during physical activity or accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, nausea or pain radiating into your shoulder and arm, get emergency help immediately. Stress is what you experience when the level of your stressors exceeds your ability to cope. Unhappy relationships characterized by blaming, anger, hostility, distrust, impulsivity and unhealthy emotional boundaries may well result.
Tranquillizers are the most widely prescribed medications in the US; given to a€?take the edge off thingsa€? so we can regulate anxiety and manage life better. The key factor is AWARENESS, and the mindfulness approach is one of training ourselves to become more aware of our experience in each moment. Learning to be conscious in the present moment to whatever is happening-pleasant or unpleasant- allows you to recognize and name what is actually happening, as it happens, in the moment.
This breaks the power of old established, habitual reactive patterns and helps you to forge new pathways of more skilful ways of responding. It is the world reference point for Mindfulness, MBSR, and Mindfulness Education in general. Their courses and workshops complement perfectly those offered in different centres in the United States. This is the beauty of it, there?s always some sort of movement that every one of us can do.
Only wander without looking for a goal, not a destination, without the intention of reaching a particular location. And at the end, take a moment for reflect on what you have done, how through the practice, you have found serenity, peace, inner joy. Extensive research had shown that the Stress Reduction Program can be beneficial for anyone, regardless of state of health. It is important to realize that the brain does not distinguish between psychological and physical dangers however, and activates the same response whether we are stuck in a traffic jam, or worrying about paying the mortgage, that it would if we were in a life or death situation of real danger. So, the physiological reaction designed to be a response to a real emergency, becomes a day-to-day habitual occurrence, and your body does not have a chance to rebalance itself. Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. A There are many steps you can take to build your resilience and your overall emotional health. Unfortunately, it is far more common that our attempts to deal with stress lead to unskillful behaviors and lifestyles than give us some sense of a temporary feeling of relief but in the long run end up increasing our stress.
Unhappiness and depression are often self-medicated with alcohol and other forms of drug addiction, and overindulgence in unhealthy food is often used as the means of numbing out troubling feelings. It is a gradual process than builds momentum every time you can interrupt an automatic way of reacting in flight-fight or freeze mode, and bring present awareness to the moment. It doesn?t matter if we exercise regularly or not, if we have our four limbs or not, if our mobility is impaired or not. If, for example, you put it into practice during a journey that you are used to do it in 5 minutes, allow yourself to do it in double time and practice walking meditation for 10 minutes.
The habits of overworking, overeating, hyperactivity, and substance dependency are so common in our culture that they are almost considered a€?normal.a€? That is until the system breaks down, our health suffers and it is time to reconsider the way we approach stress. It is a matter of being aware of that particular movement, at that particular time, even if it is barely a movement.



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