How Can an MBSR Retreat Help Destress You?

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By Peter Calin

Polish your heart with meditation and quietness. Let the inner life [light] grow generous and handsome.

- Rumi 

The past 15 months, our mental health has been severely challenged by the fears and uncertainties caused by the pandemic, economic loss and uncertainty, political and social unrest, environmental calamities, and much more. Today, just for a moment, take some time to focus on how stress has affected your mental, physical …

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5 Things You Should Know Before Taking MBSR

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By Priscilla Szneke

What should you know before you take a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program?

In 2014, the cover of TIME magazine declared that there was a Mindfulness Revolution occurring. Since then, the word mindfulness has been associated with everything from mindful brewing to mindful jumping to mindful hypnosis. It is now considered the latest self-help fad. 

But it is much more than that. So, what is mindfulness and what is this 8-week …

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Is MBSR Evidence Based?

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By the Mindful Leader Team

Is MBSR evidence based? In summary, yes. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is based on a framework of psychological science. It was developed for use in a medical setting to help patients cope better and to decrease pain and stress they were experiencing. It is extremely effective when used in combination with traditional treatments for physical ailments. In other words, MBSR was initially a supplementary intervention a…

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How Can MBSR Help You Listen to Yourself?

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By Andy Lee

Mindfulness has seen an incredible surge in popular acceptance over the last ten years. Due mainly to the proliferation of mindfulness apps, the principles and practice of mindfulness are more accessible to more people than ever before. As a result, the number of people practicing tripled from 2012 to 2017 to 14% of the population, and has certainly continued to expand in the years since.

While this trend has brought some level of benefit to…

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The Gift of an MBSR Retreat

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By Mary Beth Stern

Does the idea of an “at-home” silent retreat sound paradoxical? In the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum, strategically positioned to occur after Class 5 or 6, there is a one-day silent retreat. Often in the orientation, which is a preliminary overview of the entire course, it is this component that sparks the most intense response: concern, curiosity, perhaps even a bit of anxiety. “Is it really for the whole day?” “We’re e…

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The Wisdom of Mindfulness and Motherhood

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By Cassie Schindler

Whether you’re a mom, have a mother, or know one, it’s likely you’ve witnessed or tapped into the powerful wisdom of motherhood.

On the heels of Mother’s Day in the U.S., many of us recently acknowledged and celebrated motherhood, sharing loving words written in well-crafted cards or spoken face-to-face. 

While this essence of what it means to be a mom lingers, I invite you to turn your attention to those attributes of motherhood th…

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