What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?
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What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?


Mindfulness is a practice that teaches moment-to-moment living, with a conscious awareness of all that is taking place in your life and responding to it intentionally and purposefully rather than automatically. If you often feel stressed or anxious, experience chronic pain or illness or have problems sleeping, this program may benefit you. Similarly, it can be highly effective in relieving physical symptoms, such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems or high blood pressure.


In our eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program modeled after the world-renowned MBSR developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., you will learn how to:

  • Pay attention with curiosity and kindness to your present moment experience
  • Intentionally respond with wisdom and compassion rather than react automatically
  • Relate skillfully to physical and emotional pain to live more fully in the midst of it
  • Use mindfulness meditation to improve your sleeping patterns
  • Build your capacity to learn from and transform difficult emotions, such as anxiety, anger, frustration and depression
  • Increase self-acceptance and self-compassion while decreasing critical self-judgments
  • Create and sustain a daily formal and informal mindfulness practice
  • Apply MBSR as a highly effective complement to the conventional medical care you are currently receiving to relieve physical symptoms, such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems or high blood pressure, etc


Program Benefits

According to published research, people who have completed this type of program report:

  • Long-term relief from physical and psychological symptoms
  • More effective responses to stress and less reactive
  • Improved energy levels, mindset, mood and sleeping patterns
  • Less pain and improved pain management
  • Overall increase in acceptance and compassion for oneself and others


Program Instructor/Director: Karen Sothers, MEd, E-RYT, has been teaching MBSR at Scripps since 2004.  She has completed the MBSR teacher training taught by the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Kansas State University and a Masters of Education in Health and Exercise Science from Vanderbilt University. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT).  For more than 25 years, Karen has dedicated her life to teaching the art and science of mindful living.  She blends the time-tested healing practices of meditation and yoga with the most current research in mindfulness, resiliency and compassion to inspire people to live more fully, and with greater ease and vitality.


Cost: The program tuition is $495. Partial scholarships available based upon financial need. Scripps employees receive a 10 percent discount.


Pre-registration is required: To register by phone, please call Karen at 858-481-2251.
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For more information about the course, call Karen Sothers at 858-481-2251.