Coping with stress through mindfulness is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) developed, in 1979, by Prof. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and his team at the University Clinic of Massachussetts. Since then it has been applied by over 250 clinics in the USA to treat chronic bodily diseases and the prevention of stress-related illnesses. Numerous scientific studies have proved the effectiveness of the program. In Germany, too, it is gaining attention. In the meantime, some German health plans even reimburse its costs.
Mindfulness is an old Buddhist practice still very relevant today. The practice in itself has nothing got to do with Buddhist teachings, and consequently one does not have to be a Buddhist to profit from the exercises. The most important aim of mindfulness is to come into contact with oneself and to actively relax at the present moment. Relaxation and equanimity are direct positive results on one's health and quality of life.
The program is meant for people who want to better manage their job-related and private stress. The participants of course achieved the following aims:
- More vitality and zest for life
- More confidence and acceptance of oneself
- Improving of relaxation and stress reduction
- Less sleeplessness, nervousness, lack of concentration, and exhaustion
- Reduced symptoms of bodily and psychic illnesses
The course teaches a method of helping yourself, but does not replace an otherwise necessary medical and psychotherapeutic treatment
A program of 8 weeks
In general, MBSR is being taught to a mixed group in the form of an 8-week program developed by Prof. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. At Tibethaus we currently teach this 8-week program once or twice a year (Program). Essential elements of the course are:
- Mindful awareness of the body in peace (Bodyscan)
- Mindful awareness of the body in motion (Yoga)
- Sitting and walking meditation
- Mindfulness in everyday life
The program consists of 8 evenings with 2.5 hours each and a complete day of exercises. Complementary to the exercises is a preliminary personal talk during the course and a final personal talk as well as short presentations and group talks with topics like dealing with emotions, thoughts, pain, and attentive communication. Between the days of the course the participants train at home which needs about 30 to 45 minutes every day. The participants receive written documents and Cds with direction how to train.