Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Registration is open for the FALL 2014 MBSR WORKSHOPS:

To learn more or to register, visit www.mindfulvalley.com or email shell@mindfulvalley.com

SO MUCH MORE THAN STRESS REDUCTION: For thousands of years, people have discovered for themselves the numerous and often spectacular and life-changing benefits of mindfulness practice. Today, flurries of modern scientific studies have begun to document the truth of these assertions, and have proven that mindfulness practice can actually change the very structure of our brains. Among other things, recent studies have shown that mindfulness practice can help you with:

  • Stress (health/financial/job/school/relationships)
  • Anxiety/Panic/Depression
  • Chronic Pain/Fatigue/Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms/cholesterol levels
  • Menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes
  • Immune response
  • Addiction relapse prevention
  • Age-related brain atrophy
  • Fibromyalgia/Psoriasis
  • Ability to Focus
  • Creativity
  • Perception and Memory
  • Strength of Self-Concept
  • Productivity
  • Improved Relations
  • A host of other things . . .

It does this in part, by helping you to:

  • Deeply calm both your body and mind
  • Become aware of your precious aliveness in each and every moment
  • Observe, non-judgmentally, all of your thoughts, with kindness
  • Recognize your negative habits, patterns, and beliefs
  • Learn to react more calmly to life’s little and big events
  • Foster a more positive state of mind
  • Live more fully in the present, rather than in your past or future
  • Cultivate compassion for both yourself and others
  • Increase your sense of peace, clarity, and well-being

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS? A basic human quality: mindfulness is not something you need to acquire; this powerful internal resource already resides within you, available and patiently awaiting to be re-awakened.

A practice: You can increase your own innate mindfulness exponentially by learning and practicing a variety of techniques aimed at helping you to access the power of your own body and mind. This involves developing and honing your ability to pay attention to each and every moment, non-judgmentally, with a gentle kindness, and an acceptance of whatever arises – even if what is occurring includes physical or emotional discomfort. Over time, practicing mindfulness can not only enable you to greatly reduce any pain, stress, and illness you may have, but to live your life more fully, with a richer sense of peace and ease.

Click here to read an article in TIME Magazine, "The Mindful Revolution".

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR)? MBSR is an intensive and personal 8-week course designed as a complement to conventional medical management, modeled after the classes offered at the Stress Reduction Clinic developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

This 35-year-old program is highly respected in the medical community, and has been featured on PBS in Bill Moyers’ documentary, Healing and the Mind (seen by more than 40 million people), The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Dateline, ABC’s Evening News and Chronicle programs, and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.

Along with mindful dialogue/communication, mindful eating exercises, and a wide range of mindfulness techniques – including sitting and walking meditations, gentle yoga, and relaxing body scans (each of which can be modified to suit different body types and conditions), you are provided with a deep, experiential, integrated learning about the many and varied ways in which you can harness the power of your mind and body to reduce pain, stress, and illness … and create your own unique daily practice.

This life-affirming, challenging program requires that you make an ongoing commitment to yourself and your health by attending eight 2.5 hour sessions, plus a one-day, 7-hour weekend retreat, and practicing daily home assignments for 45-60 minutes a day. Please note there are fees associated with this program. For more information click here.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Shell Fischer, founder of Mindful Shenandoah Valley, is a senior teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C., trained by founding teacher Tara Brach in the Meditation Teacher Training Institute of Washington, D.C. She is also a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher-training program led by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She has been studying and practicing mindfulness for the past two decades.