Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Experience the same 8-week series that forms the basis today for the key research studies with meditation. – More Information
MBSR’s structured educational approach offers mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga as the core of its program, guiding you to take better care of yourself and to a live healthier, more adaptive life.
MBSR provides training in meditation, mindful-yoga, and relaxation to mobilize your mind/body resources to work with stress, pain, and illness in new ways that can promote growth and healing. People who have participated in MBSR have found relief from a range of physiological and stress-related conditions including:
- chronic pain
- migraine headaches
- high blood pressure
- sleep disorders
Its success requires a strong commitment to daily practice.
The program is taught by Jeffrey S. Rutstein, Psy.D & Deborah Metzger, MSW, E-RYT 500
Visit our free introductory session, then join us to learn how mindfulness can change your life.
Fall 2012 Program
Wednesdays, October 10th – December 5th, 2012 – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Retreat: November 18th, 9:30am to 4:30 pm
Free Intro: Please contact us for future program dates.
Learn new strategies to release stresses of the season and a new sense of calm. Learn about this innovative and effective program, meet the program leaders. Bring your questions. The session includes short experiential meditations. Participation in the introductory session not necessary for participation in the full program.
Fall Program Price: $850 – $750 if paid by 09/12 and $800 if paid by 10/3! – Sign up
Mindfulness and other interesting articles of the benefits of meditation
The Power of Concentration& – The New York Times (12/15/2012)
Buddhists’ Delight – The New York Times (06/22/2012)
Are We Living in Sensory Overload or Sensory Poverty? – The New York Times (06/10/2012)
Mind Reading: Jon Kabat-Zinn Talks About Bringing Mindfulness Meditation to Medicine – Time (01/11/2012)
SPOTLIGHT: Therapist takes a holistic approach – Princeton Packet Online (09/12/2011)
Three (Healthy) Ways to Cope with Stress – Town Topics (08/2011)
Go ahead and be yourself – Deborah Metzger (03/16/2011)
Meditation isn’t just about relaxing – PYHS.org (12/02/2010)
Meditation great way to battle stress – St. Louis Post (12/01/2010)
Become mindful of the moment – The Courier News and Home News Tribune (10/05/2010)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: Insights and Impact on Women’s Health – Radio Blog (08/25/2010)
Stress less – Seriously! – (05/10/2010)
Mindfulness Over Matter – The Courier News and The Home News Tribune (04/21/2009)
Science has begun to recognize what mediators and yogis have known for thousands of years: meditation can be an effective tool in helping people cope with the challenges presented by chronic and acute pain and illness.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) first originated at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society (UMass CFM) almost 30 years ago. The Center’s Stress Reduction Program teaches people living with pain, anxiety, and other stresses how to use mindfulness to more effectively cope with the stress of pain and illness. MBSR is a form of complementary medicine offered in over 250 U.S. hospitals and is currently the focus of a number of research studies funded by The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Mindfulness Meditation has been clinically shown to be effective for the management of stress, anxiety and panic, chronic pain, depression, obsessive thinking, strong emotional reactivity, a wide array of medical and mental health related conditions, and for simply experiencing life in its fullness.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an important element in Mind-Body Medicine. It is a complement, not a substitute, for whatever medical treatments a person may be receiving. Participants in the MBSR Program learn to develop specific skills for paying attention and for deep relaxation, and to apply these in daily situations.
Thousands of people have attended these programs. The majority report lasting decreases in both physical and psychological symptoms. Pain levels improve and people learn to cope better with chronic pain. Most people also report an increased ability to relax, a greater enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, and increased ability to cope more effectively with stressful situations.
In developing Mindfulness, or moment-to-moment awareness, you connect more fully with the present moment, the fullness of life, and your own deep inner resources for healing, coping, growing, and taking charge in new ways in your life.
Of course, just because you have the inner wisdom and resources to contend differently with your life and all its aspects, does not mean that you routinely use them. Most of us are on “auto-pilot” much of the day and tend to react (in a habitual and stress filled way) much more than we respond (skillfully act based on the reality of the circumstance) to the decisions and situations we face. MBSR is about developing the innate ability to cultivate mindfulness over “mindlessness,” with which we are all familiar. Think about those moments when we are unaware of where we are, what we are feeling and why we are doing what we are doing and how those moments might contribute most to our suffering. Some examples might be: eating foods that we know we would be better off not eating; spending time with people that cause us great difficulty, emotional pain or drain us; or engaging in activities that are stressful, harmful or unnecessarily distracting.
The program is suitable for people of any religious belief or background. You need not subscribe to any spiritual path to learn and benefit from this program. Rather, mindfulness is about learning to be still in the present moment, and experiencing life as it comes.
The book Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn is a great introduction to MBSR. Another book, The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Williams et al is a wonderful guide to this new groundbreaking program for relapse prevention for depression.
Kabat-Zinn founded the UMass program and continues to teach the concepts underlying it all across the country. He was instrumental in moving mindfulness from the fringes to the mainstream in the United States over the past 30 years years.
We offer two programs at the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health: MBSR and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT). Our programs are based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and the program developed by the UMass CFM. Both Dr. Rutstein and Deborah Metzger have trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT) is a form of MBSR that includes information about depression as well as cognitive therapy-based exercises linking thinking and its resulting impact on feeling. MBCT demonstrates how participants can best work with these thoughts and feelings when depression threatens to overwhelm them and how to recognize depressive moods that can bring on negative thought patterns.