Discover New Ways to Help Enhance Your Health Levels

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MINDFULNESS Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week program based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine and Healthcare at the University Of Massachusetts Medical School. MBSR will commence in Bellingen on Thursday, February 2 from 9.30am to noon.

A central theme of MBSR involves the cultivation of physical and emotional wellbeing as a way to enhance health.

Mindfulness-based practices form the heart of MBSR, which has developed through an integration of Eastern mindfulness practices and contemporary Western scientific understanding of human functioning.

Recent research on neural plasticity supports mindfulness meditation as a means of enhancing health through reducing the physiological stress response. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that demonstrates beneficial effects of mindfulness meditation on aspects of health, including the mind, the brain, the body and behaviour. People who cultivate mindfulness tend to experience less emotional distress, increases in positive mind states and a better overall quality of life.

Studies have consistently shown significant reductions in symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Research also indicates that mindfulness meditation can have a positive effect on stress-related medical conditions including psoriasis, type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic low back pain and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. …

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