The word “mindfulness”—which is widely and sometimes inaccurately used—simply means living consciously in the present moment, instead of being derailed by worry, anger or fear. It is an innate skill that can be developed through regular practice (not unlike riding a bike). It is not exclusive to any culture or religion.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the formal name of a distinct program for stress management, the principles of which were introduced to Western medicine in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
Now widely embraced by medical experts, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was scientifically developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where the internationally known Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society is based.
For more than 30 years, the majority of people who have completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program have reported:
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