Wondered what all the buzz about MBSR is about? Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the U. Mass. Medical Center to bring the benefits of Eastern meditation practices in a trainable and measurable way to western medicine. As a result of his work, a growing body of research shows that mindfulness improves both physical and mental health. Benefits can include: Reduced stress, lower blood pressure, reduced chronic pain, improved sleep, reductions in depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, and relationship difficulties.
Kurt Hoelting will start an eight-week intensive training in MBSR at Healing Circles on Thursday evenings beginning Oct 8. This free introduction will both introduce you to MBSR and to the course. Kurt has been a mindfulness teacher for 20 years. He has taught MBSR to veterans at the VA Hospital in Seattle since 2007, and also teaches MBSR to King County employees, and at the Samaritan Center of Puget Sound.
In Kurt’s words, ”Mindfulness is a way of embracing the full spectrum of our life, moment by moment, in a non-judging, open-hearted way. It is an orientation of the heart and mind that can be learned by anyone, transforming our stress and pain into opportunities for profound growth and healing.”