Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
From the song Anthem, sung by Leonard Cohen
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBSR, is a foundational training program of gentle mindfulness meditation and awareness practices intended to help you discover alternatives to the negative effects of internal and external stress overload. Your motivation could be because of transitions, changes and challenges, or to develop yourself, both personally and professionally.
My interpretation of stress is not limited to external circumstances or even our interpretation of ourselves, our life and events. It is all of this and more. How we come to understand our role in the life we live will effect the path and world we hope to create and become a part of. This will be different for each person who chooses to embark on the path of investigation and how it progresses, with its twists and turns, ups and downs is called our life.
We are not striving to have a perfectly mindful life, completely free of stress or suffering, but a life of awakened awareness we can embody with greater heart ; we can become freer of fear as we encounter all that life will be asking us to work and be with. What lies within and beyond this will be more palatable with a more mindful and awakened heart and view. Then our life flows, our personal stress and suffering reduced, so we are more available to all the dimensions of ourselves and others. Then our human role within the world becomes evident.
By developing calming and insight skills we are promoting and supporting wellness for ourselves in practical ways. In essence, we are re-learning how to be living mindfully, with ourselves and others, in unity and harmony, and when there is disharmony.
When we meditate or are mindful, we are stepping onto our own path with heart, dignity and integrity. Clarity and ease will certainly follow. We can also call this embodying our core integrity as we arrive with confidence and reveal familiarity within ourselves.
Awareness is the foundation for noticing the natural occurrence of change, our resistance to it, or our flow with it and what and how we feel in this very moment. Mindfulness meditation practices help us integrate and open to this awareness for everyday practical use to manage challenges and ourselves differently, to open to alternatives.
When we sit in mindfulness meditation we are cultivating calming abilities which effects our physiology to accept change and challenges more easily and effectively. We are also mindfully integrating insight and skills to inform us of what might be aligned or mis-aligned in us, manifesting as illness or disruptive habits and disharmony. With awareness, we can embody these messages in a fresh way, reduce the negative effects of stress overload and find alternatives to feelings absorbed by stress.
Through awareness and stabilizing practices, we can become confident in noticing and allowing the natural flow of change to occur with less resistance and anguish and with greater ease and harmony. We can then approach our life with greater intelligence and choices for a healthier mind, body and life. Change occurs, without our permission most of the time. When we resist allowing the natural occurrence of change, we are also resisting opening to other possibilities. Imagine a life without change? This would mean we would have the same thoughts, emotions, clothes and food all the time. We can come to appreciate change and see what happens.
Mindfulness is a moment to moment process of bringing us back, compassionately, and with friendliness and ease, to center, to what is present for ourselves in the moment.
The benefits are for both personal and professional development and well-being.
This class is for those willing to step into feeling their core integrity and with awareness, to help bring about greater wellness and clarity. If you are willing to be open to allowing self-inquiry, feeling the challenges and changes of your heart and mind, then your process will unfold effortlessly.
Some of the reasons people take the mindfulness meditation course: see disclosure below
You will learn:
- How stress, and the "fight or flight" syndrome, plays a role in many aspects of your life and how to change your orientation towards wellness
- Evidence based medical studies about the positive effects of meditation and the negative effects of stress overload
- How to integrate mindfulness into everyday life that is positive and reliable resulting in greater acceptance and openness
- About your personal core strengths and integrity
- How to meditate from a variety of practices
- To find out more about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and mindfulness meditation please go to
- The Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts' School of Medicine website: http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/mbsr/ where you can find Deborah listed as a teacher authorized to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Recommended readings by Jon Kabat- Zinn: Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full Catastrophe Living
- I am listed on the Center for Mindfulness website, but when I make changes to my profile, it is disabled until they complete their update. I am trained and authorized to teach through the Center for Mindfulness
These trainings are not a substitute for professional medical or mental health care, but they are valuable to your overall well-being and are considered a worthy part of your health care regime of self-care. If you are currently recovering from a recent trauma or crisis related to illness, violence, abuse, death, substance abuse or anything else, then please consider this training down the road when time has healed you and you are in a better place to focus or commit. The trainings are for those interested, willing and able to commit fully under your own accord. Please contact me for any questions or a private session to meet your needs. If you have any questions about this please contact me. Thank you. Deborah
There is always an opportunity to see if one knows how to look.
Mindfulness becomes our guide for greater clarity.
Contact Deborah Klibanoff 206-328-3572