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Introduction to Mindfulness

Introduction to MindfulnessFor Patients, Medical and Mental Health Professionals, Employees & Staff

In this two-hour introductory program, you will be introduced to mindfulness techniques, the science and research behind mindfulness, and why this matters to you.

Learn new ways to better meet the challenges and demands of everyday life.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) said that mindfulness is, "paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.“

Have you ever had a stressful day, or been in pain, or experienced change?

Mindfulness teaches you how to cultivate a different relationship between yourself and the things that challenge you in your life.  Learn to rely completely upon your own inner resources for learning, growing and healing. This is a tool that can help you maximize your everyday life, even when facing stress, illness and pain.  

Can mindfulness help me?

Mindfulness has been proven to be effective in helping to treat, along with medical and psychological treatments, people who suffer from many challenges, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Cancer & chronic disease
  • Work, family and emotional stress
  • Eating disturbances
  • Heart disease
  • Sleeplessness 

Has mindfulness helped others?

Since the MBSR program started at UMass Medical School in 1979, over 22,000 people have completed it and more than 6,000 medical doctors and other healthcare professionals have referred their patients to this program because they understand the value of mindfulness to their patient’s health and well-being. Participants of the CFM's Stress Reduction Program report a 38% reduction in medical symptoms, a 43% reduction in psychological and emotional distress, and a 26% reduction in perceived stress.

Can I develop a mindfulness practice of my own?

Mindfulness involves using your own innate knowledge and wisdom.  Mindfulness can be developed by simply practicing awareness of the breath, gentle yoga movements, sitting quietly and walking with intention. These practices serve as a foundation for cultivating positive health behaviors and foster psychological and emotional resilience to better meet life’s challenges. 

This two-hour introductory program is an opportunity to learn more about how mindfulness may help you or someone you care about.

Join us and learn more about:

  • What mindfulness is
  • How mindfulness can improve your own health and well-being
  • Mindfulness tools that you can apply to your life today

You will also have an opportunity to participate in brief mindful breathing and awareness-building exercises.