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Mindfulness – Can it Improve Health Outcomes

Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally,’ says Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “It’s about knowing what is on your mind.

In a video series on mindfulness, Dr. Kabat-Zinn shares how, in 1979 he recruited chronically ill patients not responding well to traditional treatments to participate in his newly formed eight-week stress-reduction program, which is now called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Since then, substantial research has demonstrated how mindfulness-based interventions improve mental and physical health—comparably so to other psychological interventions.

Over the past 10 years we’ve learned from experience that when people refocus their mind on their purpose and passion, their health and wellness dramatically improve and they have better health outcomes. Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s studies have shown this same theory – when you become mindful of what stress, illness and pain is doing to your mental state you can improve your health and wellbeing by adding to your daily routine some of his mindfulness practices. One of his colleagues shared in a YouTube video that people often get lost in their pain and suffering and they forget to come back to balance. Many of our clients, their families, even our employees, can relate – illness, fear, loss of their spark, in the midst of a move, challenging clients/families. Regardless of the source of the stress, being mindful and reshaping how our brain processes that stress, can ultimately change the experience.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn will be the guest speaker at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality’s upcoming Wellbeing Lecture Series where he will share new approaches to help clients discover ways to improve their lives through mindfulness and put the focus back on health and wellbeing. His presentation will address “Mindfulness: What It Is and What It Isn’t Beneath all the Hype, and Why It Might Be Healing and Transformative to Cultivate.”

His groundbreaking book, “Full Catastrophe Living,” has helped thousands of people discover ways in which mindfulness practices can soothe and heal the body, mind, and spirit. He has taught mindfulness classes around the world, is a best-selling author, and has written numerous scientific research papers.

We invite you to join us for Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s lecture and discover what mindfulness is and what it isn’t.

Mindfulness: What It Is and What It Isn’t
Beneath all the Hype, and Why It Might Be Healing and Transformative to Cultivate
Featuring Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Friday, November 20, 2015; 7:00 pm – lecture followed by Q&A

University of Minnesota; Carlson Family Stage at Northrop Auditorium

Please visit the website for the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing to purchase tickets or get additional information about these and future lectures.

 

Mindfulness On!