“You can’t stop the waves,
but you can learn to surf.”
– JON KABAT-ZINN –
– JON KABAT-ZINN –
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the scientist who first “translated” Buddhist practices of mindfulness into a secular program, defines mindfulness as the “awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experiences moment by moment.”
It was about thirty years ago, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, that Jon Kabat-Zinn took mindfulness out of its Buddhist context and made it more accessible to the western world. Kabat-Zinn developed the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program MBSR to help people suffering from chronic illnesses find balance and joy despite their difficulties.
He created a technique to deal with stress and to improve quality of life, of which he already in the beginning started to measure the results.
To this day, countless other research studies prove that the practice of mindfulness leads to better relaxation, better stress handling, better concentration, more effective decision making, increased efficiency and improved general health.
Here a short clip in which Jon Kabat-Zinn talks more about MBSR.
During eight sessions, participants learn the techniques of mindfulness through four different meditations. They exercise slow yoga movements to connect body and mind. They exercise at home with the help of a dedicated workbook. And they reflect their learnings in guided explorations of experiences and insights, which generate a pleasing atmosphere in the group and often lead to friendships.
Training participants will learn to:
Especially for parents mindfulness helps:
What can mindfulness do for you as a mama, as a parent?
Mindfulness can help you to pause and plan before you respond.
We all know these moments when kids are really frustrating you. And we also know our responses to that. Mindfulness can help you to better handle these situations.
Are you interested in mindfulness, new to meditation or up for relaxation and ready to experience to be “in the now” and feel less stressed? A meditation session can give you just that. Enjoy time for yourself, your mind and your body with monthly group meditations.
Interested in Mindfulness and curious to experience more? In three weeks I teach you the basics of mindfulness and meditation. You will learn to observe thoughts, scan your body, and get acquainted with the basics of mindfulness to start finding more balance in your life.
Looking for a systematic training in mindfulness? Are you interested to learn how to cultivate an observant, accepting and compassionate stance towards your thoughts, emotional states, body sensations and impulses? Practicing mindfulness will stimulate more ease and peace in your life, reduce suffering and you will start feeling more relaxed…
You’ve heard that it can help you live a happier, calmer, healthier,more joyful life, but what qualities are needed to cultivate mindfulness?
Consider these attitudes of mindfulness from Jon Kabat-Zinn: