Further Introductory Reading: Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life (Wherever You Go, There you are:….) Kabat-Zinn, Jon - Piatkus 1994 MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION TRAINING PROGRAMME Full Catastrophe Living Kabat-Zinn, Jon - Piatkus 1996 The Mindful Way through Depression… freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness (with CD) Williams, Teasdale, Segal & Kabat-Zinn Guilford Press 2007 Mindfulness – a practical way to finding peace in a frantic world (with CD) Williams, Mark, Penman, Danny – Piatkus 2011 Mindfulness for Dummies (with CD) Aladina, Shamash Wiley, 2010 Informative Websites: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness http://oxfordmindfulness.org June, 2014 A Brief Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally. Jon Kabat-Zinn (1994) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Can helps us: • Get out of our heads and learn to experience the world directly, experientially, without the relentless commentary of our thoughts. • See our thoughts as mental events that come and go in the mind like clouds across the sky, instead of taking them literally. • Start living right here, in each present moment • Disengage the autopilot in our heads. • Side-step the cascade of mental events that draw us down into depression. • Stop trying to force life to be a certain way because we’re uncomfortable right now. Professor Mark Williams, Professor of Clinical Psychology Oxford Mindfulness Centre / Dept of Psychiatry Oxford University ‘The true journey of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having fresh eyes’ Marcel Proust What are the benefits? Two decades of published research indicate that the majority of people who complete an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course experience: • a lasting decrease in physical and psychological symptoms • an increased ability to relax • greater energy and enthusiasm for life • improved self-esteem • an ability to cope more effectively with both short and long term stressful situations Course Leader Julian Bowers BA Hons MA Julian is a fully trained teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has completed Teacher Development Level 1 at the CMRP, Bangor University. He has taught the 8 Week Programme many times to a range of mental health clinicians. Julian leads a day seminar on MBSR/MBCT for post-graduate and doctoral students at the School of Psychology, Birmingham University. He is supervised at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, Dept. of Psychiatry, Oxford University, has published on Mindfulness, and has worked directly with Prof Mark Williams.