Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also get immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.” describes Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

I had such a profound experience of just being during my 10 days’ meditation retreat that I wanted to go deeper into the experience.

 

I would often read about a method developed more than 30 years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

 

One day I was thrilled to find out by sheer chance that this course was offered near my home at the Department of Medicine of the McGill University as a Whole Person Care Program http://www.mcgill.ca/wholepersoncare/mindfulness-based-programs/wellness.

 

So without any hesitation I jumped into this next experience!

 

It is a method that helps us fall in love with the present moment!

 

Several attitudes are the foundation for mindfulness meditation according to

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn:

 

Non-judging: becoming aware of the constant stream of evaluative and judging thoughts that we have – then step back. Things are seen as neither good” nor “bad” – but simply present or absent.

 

Patience: understanding and accepting that things have their own time for unfolding. The mind has a “mind of its own” and patience allows us to simply observe the unfolding of the mind and body over time.

 

Beginners’ mind: seeing everything as if for the first time. Find the joys of the world as it unfolds around us, as if we are all children – freed from our old expectations based on past experiences.

 

Trust: you are your own best guide. It is far better to trust your own feelings and intuition than to get caught up in the authority of “experts”. If at anytime something does not fell right to you, pay attention, examine our feelings, and trust your own inherent wisdom.

 

Non-striving: meditation is different form all other human activity. Simply being – not doing. There is no objective other than to be conscious of yourself as you are.

 

Acceptance: acceptance involves seeing things as they actually are in the present. We may not like it, but if that is the way things are, so they are. Acceptance allows us to cease struggling to change things that are beyond our ability to control and is the first step in any genuine process of change. Acceptance frees the mind.

 

Letting go: we put aside the tendency to elevate some parts of our experiences and reject others – simply letting our experience to be what it is.

 

Gratitude: the quality of reverence, appreciation and being thankful for the present moment.

 

Gentleness: characterized by soft, considerate, and tender quality.

 

Generosity: giving within a context of love and compassion, without attachment to gain or thought of return.

 

Empathy: the quality of feeling and understanding another person’s situation – their perspectives, emotions, actions (reactions).

 

Loving kindness: a quality embodying benevolence, compassion, and cherishing, a quality filled with forgiveness and unconditional love.

 

Those attitudes where very new to me!

 

One of them really got through to me and it was a major revelation for me!

One of them planted a seed in me that blossomed by the end of the course.

It was life changing! Can you guess which one? To be continued …

 

Are you aware of your breath, your body, your life? Are you intimate with yourself and with life? 💜