Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - free online course
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This is a 100% free, teacher-led, online 8-week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course with weekly live sessions.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an approach that incorporates mindfulness to assist people struggling with life's difficulties, demands, stresses and physical or mental challenges.
Great for beginners and advanced meditators alike.
Developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn in the late 1970s to help patients with chronic pain, using elements of Buddhist traditions, the purely secular program has been implemented in many fields, such as; healthy ageing, pain management, depression relapse prevention, addictive behaviours and general struggles with the challenges of life.
The MBSR course is an eight-week workshop taught by a certified trainer, encompassing these three techniques: mindfulness meditation and mindfulness practices, body scanning and simple yoga postures/ mindful movement.
Yes! You only need to sign up for happiness.com to attend, which is also free! The group course starting from the first of September 2021 is free. However, if you prefer a private class matching your availability, it is also available for a fee. The fee is on a sliding scale depending on your financial possibilities.
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely bringing one's attention in the present moment without judgment, a skill one develops through meditation or other training. (Wikipedia). Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the MBSR program, defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
You need to be available for all of our 8 two hour online meetings. A decent internet connection, Zoom and a webcam are important for those meetings. A free orientation meeting with the MBSR online course instructor Tine Steiß is mandatory.
The 2h MBSR live sessions happen weekly. The next course will presumably start in October. Please get in touch for enrollment and details.
An overview of the structure and topics of the 8 week course
Week 1: What is mindfulness? - There is more right with us than wrong
Week 2: Perception and creative responding - How we perceive the world and ourselves
Week 3: Mindfulness of the breath and the body in movement - There is both pleasure and power in being present
Week 4: Learning about our patterns of stress reactivity - Wherever you go, there you are
Week 5: Working with stress - Mindful responding instead of reacting
Week 6: Stressful communications - Interpersonal Mindfulness
Week 7: Lifestyle choices - How can I best take care of myself?
Week 8: A mindful life - Keeping your mindfulness alive
Each week will start with the introduction of the topic during a live 2h online group session. There will be recordings of guided meditations, small daily practices, and additional reading material/ videos throughout the week.