Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
Mindfulness is about developing a moment to moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations – without judging. In short, mindfulness is about being fully present in our lives rather than living in the past or the future. Research shows that the practice of mindfulness meditation can reduces stress, boost the immune system, strengthen areas in the brain that improve focus and attention skills, and help reduce anxiety and depression. The 8-week, medically evidenced based program, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide.
MBSR Classes We Offer
Introduction to Mindfulness
Join us for this informative session on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program. You will learn how developing meditation skills can help you to manage pain, promote health and wellness, and develop a more positive response to stress.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is a 9-week course (including Intro to MBSR). It is designed to teach people how to improve the way they care for themselves and to participate fully in improving the health and quality of their lives as they work with various types of “stressors” that may be limiting the life that they would like to live. This course is based on the program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. You will learn effective strategies for working with ongoing stress and chronic pain. Instruction will involve mindful meditation practices, discussion, gentle stretching and yoga appropriate for all ability levels. The instructor is Mary Bitterauf, BS, CHES, Program Manager with MaineHealth Education & Training.
MBSR class expectations
Before you enroll in the 9-week MBSR course we ask that you please consider the following time commitments:
- Participants are asked for a commitment to attend all classes and a day-long retreat.
- We encourage 45-60 minutes daily meditation at least 6 days each week.
Your commitment is essential. It is the practice of mindfulness meditation that will enable you to realize its benefits. This commitment can be a challenging one, and may require a lifestyle change. You may have to rearrange your schedule to allow time for daily practice, carving out time from other activities. Once you experience the benefits of MBSR, you may find that maintaining a daily practice becomes easier and highly rewarding.
MBSR Class Student Materials
Sound TracksMountain Meditation
VideosChair Yoga 2
Mindfulness Class FAQ
Since 1979, more than 22,000 people have completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR). Created by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR is now taught by qualified professionals including our instructor, Mary Bitterauf. By participating in an MBSR program, you will learn how develop meditation skills to help you manage pain, promote health and wellness and develop a more positive response to stress. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from people who are interested in participating in an MBSR program.
Yes. Watch this video on the science behind mindfulness
Mindfulness is a practice of present moment awareness. Mindfulness increases ability to see things as they arise clearly without judgment. Mindfulness facilitates both focusing and widening our attention as we become aware of ourselves and the world around us. The “goal” is to be more fully present in our lives.
There are many types of contemplative practices and we encourage exploration of practices that allow people to increase their well-being. Many other contemplative practices have a specific focus such as building concentration, one-pointed awareness, or a relationship with a higher power. If mindfulness does not match your interest you may wish to explore other forms of contemplative practices.