MBSR

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MBSR or Mindfulness

Why should I use Mindfulness?

Mindful meditation can connect your mind and body, and allow your focus to be on one subject at a time which reduces stress.

Who uses it?

The NFL uses mindfulness! Sports Psychologist and Meditation Coach with the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks, Dr. Michael Gervais, has helped this team achieve success by using several mental techniques including Mindfulness.

Patients with chronic pain use Mindfulness to accept their pain on a moment by moment basis. They report increased peace of mind and a lessening of their pain and worry when they focus on the moment rather than on some time in the future.

Mindfulness is successfully used to prevent relapse with individuals who have been through a treatment program for chemical dependency.

Many others have used Mindful techniques for general well-being, centering and balance in their lives.

How does it work? How can I learn to use it?

If you know a person with anxiety and persistent worrying habits, they may spend much of their time worrying about the future or thinking about the past. Focusing on the present moment rather than the future or the past can positively affect a person’s stress, anxiety or depression.

If you know anyone who has been treated for disordered eating, you may have heard them speak of “intuitive” eating or “mindful” eating. This is the practice of thinking about and enjoying the flavor, texture, and aroma of the  food you put into your mouth. This way of eating is exactly the opposite of distracted eating – where you don’t realize how much you ate or even if it tasted good (ex: sitting in front of the TV and mindlessly consuming food or eating in your car while driving down the highway in a rush to get somewhere).

When we bring attention to what we are doing, the experience can become much more pleasurable and time can seem to stand still. Imagine bringing that kind of attention to other parts of your life (relationships, work, and hobbies). This kind of focused attention can improve all areas of your life.

How does it work? How can I learn to use it?

If you know a person with anxiety and persistent worrying habits, they may spend much of their time worrying about the future or thinking about the past. Focusing on the present moment rather than the future or the past can positively affect a person’s stress, anxiety or depression.

If you know anyone who has been treated for disordered eating, you may have heard them speak of “intuitive” eating or “mindful” eating. This is the practice of thinking about and enjoying the flavor, texture, and aroma of the  food you put into your mouth. This way of eating is exactly the opposite of distracted eating — where you don’t realize how much you ate or even if it tasted good (ex: sitting in front of the TV and mindlessly consuming food or eating in your car while driving down the highway in a rush to get somewhere).

When we bring attention to what we are doing, the experience can become much more pleasurable and time can seem to stand still. Imagine bringing that kind of attention to other parts of your life (relationships, work, and hobbies). This kind of focused attention can improve all areas of your life.