Cultivating MINDFULNESS is a practical, effective, and accessible approach for enhancing quality of life and for reducing the harmful effects of stress, pain and illness.
Stress. Just reading that word can evoke a feeling of tension. For some of us, it is an occasional feeling; for others, it is a frequent, chronic condition — perhaps one with notable health consequences.
In an article in Businessweek magazine, Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School attributed at least 60 percent of doctor visits to stress related ailments.
Mindfulness has been defined (by teachers such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD) as awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, to life as it is, moment-by-moment. The capacity for mindfulness is innate. It can be cultivated, and the the regular practice of mindfulness meditation is a well-respected approach to supporting health and well-being.
“There is mounting evidence that cultivating mindfulness can increase our enjoyment of life, expand our capacity to cope with illness, and possibly improve our physical and emotional health… It can reduce stress and may help other treatments work better.”
Harvard Women's Health Watch, February 2004, Harvard Medical School
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"A short program in mindfulness meditation produces demonstrable effects on brain and immune function."
Richard Davidson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin
|Valley Mindfulness is based in western Massachusetts (Northampton, MA) and offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs to individuals and groups in person and online. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA more than 30 years ago and is widely utilized in clinics, hospitals and health education centers worldwide to support people coping with stress and with a wide range of health challenges including chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression, cancer, fibromyalgia, heart disease, and diabetes.