Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
The eight-week ‘gold standard’ course developed by Jon Kabat Zinn, and including aspects of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
This course develops both formal and informal mindfulness skills. Formal skills include sitting mindfulness meditation, walking meditation, and the body scan. These practices are the foundation on which self-awareness and equanimity are built. Informal skills relate to mindfulness in daily life; i.e., practices including compassionate awareness of thoughts and feelings, emotional self-regulation, recognition of unhelpful habits of thought and behaviour, effective conflict management, centring in present moment experience, and cultivation of a resilient attitude to all life experiences.
Simple Awareness: Centring attention; coming home to the body
Attention and the Brain: The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation
How We Add Suffering to Pain: Attachment and aversion
Stress and Eu-stress: Responding versus reacting
Difficult Thoughts and Emotions: Befriending internal experience in times of stress
Stress in Relationships: Mindful compassion toward self and others
Taking Personal Responsibility: Knowing what to put down and what to cultivate
Sustaining the Practice: Mindfulness in everyday life
THE NEXT MBSR COURSE IN ROME BEGINS 30 JAN 2019: Wednesday evenings, 18:30 to 20:30
Location: Aventino/San Saba. The venue is well-served by public transportation, and has available on-street parking.
For those who cannot commit to an eight-week course because of travel or other responsibilities, private MBSR provides the complete course in mindfulness adapted to the schedule of the participant, in person or online.
Individual Mindfulness-based Therapy
One-to-one private professional support during times of stress, anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, personal loss, or life transitions. In person or online.
Mindfulness Training for Organisations
Courses designed for the specific needs of the organisation, and including stress reduction, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and team effectiveness.
Mindfulness trains the faculty of attention to present moment experience in a non-reactive way. Research confirms the following benefits from mindfulness training in the workplace:
Greater resilience. People trained in mindfulness have demonstrated a 50% reduction in negative rumination (repeating thought patterns leading to anxiety, worry, depression, etc), greater emotional awareness and stability, a shift to a more flexible self-perception, and reduced levels of cortisol (a stress hormone which has an inhibitory effect on immune function).
Fewer sick days. A University of Wisconsin study has shown that mindfulness practitioners miss 76% fewer days of work than non-practitioners.
Improvements in focus and concentration. HR professionals who took an eight-week mindfulness course were found to concentrate better and stay on task longer than non-participants, according to research from the University of Washington and Emory University.
Enhanced creativity. Studies from the Netherlands and Israel indicate that mindfulness facilitates insight-based problem solving. The Institute of Mindful Leadership reports that 93% of leaders say mindfulness training helps them create space for innovation, and nearly 70% say it helps them to think strategically.
Reduced conflict. The stress-reducing outcomes associated with mindfulness have been shown in a wide variety of settings to improve rapport and reduce conflict.
Greater satisfaction and wellbeing. Many studies confirm a direct correlation between mindfulness practice and positive mind states such as happiness, contentment, equanimity, and compassion. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology showed that participants trained in mindfulness meditation experienced significantly less emotional exhaustion and more job satisfaction than those who received no training.