Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn that blends mindfulness meditation and yoga. It is based on the concept of mindfulness, or being fully engaged in the present moment rather than worrying about past or future events, an ancient concept in Buddhist psychology. Unlike traditional cognitive therapy, MBSR emphasizes focused attention to one’s thoughts without judgment. Originally developed for stress reduction, it has since been proven to be enormously helpful for patients with anxiety, panic, depression, chronic pain, and a wide range of medical conditions. MBSR can also help people without mental health or medical conditions improve the quality of their lives and overcome struggles and life changes. MBSR is offered in over 200 hospitals, medical centers, and clinics around the world, including the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine.