What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is an innate human capacity. It is often defined as paying attention on purpose in the present moment. Individuals are often on “auto-pilot” during daily life, which blocks this mindful capacity for paying attention in the present moment.

What are mindfulness practices?
The MBSR discipline includes learning and using a variety of mindfulness practices. Mindfulness practices include mindful meditation, breathing exercises, gentle stretching and movement, awareness of sensations in the body and thought pattern awareness.

What are the origins of MBSR?
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn founded MBSR in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBSR has since spread throughout the country and world as a valued approach to managing the challenges of daily life while focusing on a mindful, present mindset.

Is MBSR a medical treatment?
MBSR should be used as a complementary treatment for any physical or psychological ailments; however, MBSR is a valued approach in the medical community. Several studies have been conducted since MBSR’s beginnings, and many medical professionals and associations site MBSR as an effective approach for resolving a variety of issues including stress, anxiety, pain, sleep-issues and more.

Is MBSR religious?
While mindfulness has been deeply studied in Buddhist teachings, it is a universal human capacity. MBSR is not religion-based or affiliated, therefore open to everyone.