Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

MBSR was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. The foundation for MBSR is the cultivation of mindfulness - an intentional focused awareness – a way of paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally. MBSR can be thought of as a consciousness discipline: aimed at deep self-reflection, self-knowledge, and liberation from confining views of self, others, and the world. The articulation of the meditative principles and practices involved in MBSR attempts to tap the universal dimensions of such disciplines and their applicability in modern society, and is independent of the ideological and cultural belief systems and religious frameworks out of which these meditative practices emerged, although it honors what is deepest and best in all the meditative traditions and attempts to embody the wisdom and compassion that underlie them. Adapted from the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts website.