Workshop: Creating a mindful life and practice

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According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, "mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, [and] without judgment." Ruth Baer notes that it is "intentionally bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment."

This workshop in mindfulness is designed to foster well-being in health care professionals and others. The program is an adaptation of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) that has been offered to patients and health care providers for the past 25 years. The program teaches you to use your innate resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress. It includes intensive training in mindfulness meditation and its integration into the challenges of daily life and, for anyone who works with people, work place practice.

Objectives

At the end of the day, you will be more aware of being mindful, how it can help you and others with whom you are in contact, and specific tools that you can use, even just for a few minutes, that will help ground you in the present moment.

In particular, the workshop is designed

  • To help you identify and deal with acute stressors in your environment
  • To introduce you to the concepts and practice of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • For physicians and health-care professionals, to introduce the concept of mindful patient and client care
  • To provide an environment and exercises in which to experience mindfulness practice