Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Are you Stressed?
Wouldn't it be nice to feel at peace, even when your world feels chaotic? In Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), you can discover how to make this your reality.
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What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8 week program for groups of between 8 and 24 people. The classes employ mindfulness-based interventions including movement, meditation, and instructor-led discussions. Participants learn that we can use our own resources to minimize stress and effectively manage the stress that remains. Through class sessions and home practice, you'll learn to skillfully manage medical, psychological, and interpersonal difficulties, while promoting general well-being. Participants meet for 2 1/2 hours once weekly for 8 weeks and attend a Saturday retreat between weeks 6 and 7.
MBSR was developed in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as a complimentary intervention for patients undergoing treatment for chronic heart problems and chronic pain. The results were so encouraging that referrals began coming in for patients struggling with a wider variety of conditions. Since then, research on the benefits of MBSR has grown steadily.
Why take an MBSR class?
A wide variety of people attend MBSR programs for many different reasons.
- Improving general wellness and self-care
- Improving stress management
- Relieving physical and mental health symptoms such as chronic pain, anxiety, sleep disruption, and depression
- Strengthening focus and concentration
- Supporting substance abuse recovery
- A simple desire to live more fully and consciously, and to improve one’s ability to respond skillfully to life experiences
Participants typically range in age from late teens to senior citizens.
Will this really work?
Since its creation in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical school, MBSR has been studied thoroughly. Here are just a few of the many benefits of MBSR:
- An early and important study found that 8 weeks of training boosts our immune system’s ability to fight off illness.
- Studies show that mindfulness reduces stress, helps people manage anxiety, and may be as good as antidepressants at fighting depression.
- Mindfulness grows areas of the brain linked to learning, memory, empathy, and regulation of emotions.
- Mindfulness helps us tune out distractions, improves our memory, and improves our attention skills.
Do I need to be an experienced meditator?
No. The principles taught in MBSR are designed for beginners but they are also useful for seasoned meditators.
What does it cost?
The cost for the 8 week program is $395 and includes a free retreat day and all course materials. Additionally, graduates of any MBSR course are welcome to participate in future retreat days at no cost. You can pay with a major credit card, cash, or check. There are sometimes "early bird" incentives and customized pre-pay plans can also be arranged.
Do I have to attend each of the eight classes?
Like many things, how much you benefit from this course will be closely-related to how much you put into it. You will be asked to commit to attending regularly.
Will my insurance cover MBSR?
Every policy is different, so you should check with your insurance company. There is some movement toward complementary wellness interventions being covered by insurance, but most policies don’t yet cover MBSR.
About your instructor
Drew Buss, MS Ed is a psychotherapist in private practice in Lincoln, NE. He started counseling in Nebraska in 1996 and began his formal mindfulness practice in 2011. He is a fully Certified Teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as trained through the University of California San Diego School of Medicine's Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. He teaches MBSR classes, leads free monthly group meditations, and engages in mindfulness-based individual therapy at his practice at Into Balance. Drew has worked with and given presentations to local businesses and community groups in order to bring the benefits of mindful living to their employees and members, and to the greater Lincoln community. You can use the form submission tool (envelope icon in the upper right corner) or visit our Contact info page if you would like to reach him.