The techniques of instruction of the mindfulness skills we offer have been continuously refined to their current level of excellence over a twenty year period at the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where over 11,000 people have been instructed in these skills using these techniques. Adapted for use in corporate America, these self-care skills will not only benefit employees at the workplace but in their home lives as well. Participants are able to develop new attitudes and behaviors that have been proven effective in dealing with the challenges encountered in professional and personal life. They develop:
- Improved decision making skills
- Increased productivity
- Demonstrably improved job performance
- Increased job satisfaction
- Enhanced creativity
- Improved office morale and interpersonal relationships
- Reduced absenteeism and visits to health care professionals
More than a simple “educational-based” program where participants are introduced to concepts they can quickly forget and often fail to utilize, MBSR enables participants to experience the benefits of awareness and stress-reduction directly. It proves invaluable to immediately experience the personal expressions of mindfulness principles within one’s own mind and body. The most important skills can not be taught through didactic education alone. Much of the stress-reaction cycle is unique to each individual and entirely unconscious and automatic. Because the ways we interpret and perceive things depend largely on our personal history, expectations and agendas, we need highly individualized skills to counter the stress reaction cycle.
Essentially, mindfulness enables us to individually personalize abstract principles we are introduced to and with guidance, begin to embody the understandings we have gained through didactic education. Principles of stress management which may seem quite complicated when examined cognitively become substantially more meaningful when experienced directly in our own minds and bodies.
Thus, Mindful Living can provide a practical means for therapeutic transformation beyond a simple cognitive understanding of the stress reaction cycle. Using the awareness skills that mindfulness provides direct experience of ones own unique, mostly unconscious habits of creating distress. One can learn to avoid old reactions and make new choices.
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