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February 3, 2012

MBSR: Week 1

by mandy lipka

I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend my first eight-week MBSR intensive course at the center established by the MBSR founding father, John Kabat-Zinn. This is my first formal foray into Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and needless to say, I’m pretty excited. It’s coming at a very timely point in my life and I finally feel ready to start simultaneously working on aligning my mind, body and soul, instead of working on these parts individually.

Immediately, from the day of orientation, I felt this soothing connection with our instructor (I’ll call her A). She knows exactly how to get a varied group of minds on the same wavelength, or at least open to being on the same wavelength. She and JKZ define mindfulness as the act of paying attention to our lives with self-care and on purpose, without judgment. It’s the practice of cultivating a quality of awareness in our daily lives and a quality of attitude we use to do this so that our challenges become workable. Ideally, we want to come to the practice with an attitude of experimentation and the understanding that we’re not getting rid of these challenges, but rather, we’re changing how we face these challenges. After all, there will always be things beyond our control. Mindfulness helps us make those things feel less overwhelming.

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