You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. —Jon Kabat-Zinn
Learning to be mindful can change the quality of our days.
You might notice that your usual efforts to manage yourself and your emotions (not to mention the people around you!) can actually intensify your stress levels. When we learn mindfulness practices, we can begin to respond in new ways to challenges — from a missed bus to a major loss. As we see that we can handle what comes up, fear and anxiety recede. We’re more and more able to make wise choices, to live with greater ease and joy. We can surf the waves.
In 1979, molecular biologist Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, introduced Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. First offered to patients suffering from chronic pain, the program was shown to lower both stress and the need for pain medication. Almost 40 years later, the course is considered the gold standard of research-based mindfulness training programs.
In study after study, the practice of mindfulness has been proven highly successful as an adjunct treatment for illness, eating and sleep disorders, addiction, anxiety, and depression, among other difficulties. Around the world, mindfulness is increasingly used in healthcare and education, as well as in business and community settings, to create positive outcomes. Tens of thousands of people have learned how to use MBSR to strengthen their inherent human capacity for awareness — and the wisdom and kindness that flow from that awareness.
This MBSR course consists of 9 weekly sessions and a special retreat day, and offers a systematic method of cultivating mental clarity, well-being, and insight through accessible mind-body strategies. The primary components of the course include:
• guided practices
• gentle mindful movement
• self-inquiry exercises
• mindful listening practice
• teacher-led group inquiry and dialogue
Take a proactive step toward countering the negative effects of stress and discover for yourself why more and more people are using mindfulness practices to experience greater ease and presence in the face of the demands of life and work.
Tuesday Sessions: October 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 27; December 4, 11
Retreat Day: Sunday, December 2
Amy Gross started practicing mindfulness in 1994 while writing and editing for Vogue, Mirabella, and Elle, and when she served as editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine. In 2008 she retired and began training to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She has taught at the Open Center, New York Insight Meditation Center, Rockefeller University, the New York Times, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, and the School of Visual Arts, and, since 2011, at the Dorot Community Center, among other venues. She’s been involved with Tricycle: The Buddhist Review for decades, where, as a contributing editor, she produces podcasts with writers she admires. She’s also on the advisory board of the Center for Mindfulness in Health, Society at UMass Medical Center; on the board of New York Insight Meditation Center; and on the Steering Committee of the NYC MBSR Teachers Collaborative.