Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn 

Background to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

 

In 1979 Dr Jon Kabat Zinn delivered the first 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in the USA for people with chronic pain, stress and illness.

 

He saw that in addition to physical symptoms, or difficult life events, our reactions to a situation can cause additional stress, anger, frustration, impatience, and feelings of hopelessness.

 

We can continue with unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving, or we can form the intention to engage directly with our present experience, bringing us greater freedom.  Mindfulness is a tool that can enable us to connect more directly and more deeply with what's of ultimate value in life.

 

Benefits

 

Clinical studies have shown the benefits of doing the MBSR course include:

  • 70% reduction in anxiety

  • Reduction in anger and depression

  • An increase in antibodies, suggesting improvements to the immune system

  • Longer and improved sleep

  • Improvements in physical conditions, including psoriasis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

     (source: www.bemindful.co.uk)

 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

 

In the 90s, three cognitive therapy specialists took this work further and created the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course which is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) as a method of working with depression that has been clinically proven to help prevent relapse in people who are currently well. Kate has extensive training in both approaches.

How does mindfulness work?