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.
MBRS is not a spiritually based program, although commonly confused about similarities it shares with Buddhism. MBSR is open to everyone no matter what life circumstances 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.
MBSR is a program is available in over 200 medical centers, hospitals, and clinics worldwide. It has benefits to one’s immune system’s ability to ward off disease. And help those struggling with anxiety or depression. Plus, it’s known to help 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.