Established by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a program that has evolved into a common form of complementary medicine with the ability to address a variety of problems since its inception in 1979.
Not a spiritually based program, although commonly confused to similarities with Buddhism, MBSR is open to everyone no matter what life circumstance they are in. Whether you’re young, old, sick or healthy, MBSR has gained widespread practice in the medical community and has many modern applications in health science for all.
The principle of MBSR, as defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn is a moment to moment non-judgmental awareness. The entire approach of MBSR is where one has the ability to see the opposite of rejection, questioning, hatred and aversion to our thoughts or feelings, as well as to actions or people.
A program currently offered in over 200 medical centers, hospitals and clinics worldwide, MBSR has been shown to benefits one’s immune system’s ability to ward off disease, help those struggling with anxiety or depression and increase one’s ability to experience happiness and enjoyment. Additional benefits include a less invasive way of healing those with chronic pain related illnesses and an improvement in one’s overall happiness and well being.
Since 2003, the Delray Center for Healing has provided exceptional psychiatric and therapeutic care for mental health, eating, and substance use disorders. To learn more about our philosophy and treatment approach, download our free e-book, “Psychiatry Redefined,” written by our founder and medical director, Raul J. Rodriguez, MD.