Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Classes Begin in January
Orientation sessions to consider attending either of two eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs will be held at 3:30 p.m. on January 14 and 8:30 a.m. on January 16 at CenterPoint Counseling, in Indianapolis.
The next round of courses will be on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. starting January 28 and Fridays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on January 30. An all-day silent retreat will conclude the courses from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 7.
Many of us relive situations that didn’t go well, are embarrassed about something we did, are angry about what was done to them and grieve something lost. Anxieties about the future also exist as people compose to-do lists, worry about things that can harm them, envision what life should be like and anticipate events. MBSR teaches participants techniques to help them live in the present and fully enjoy life as it happens.
MBSR classes are led by Scott Sweet, LCSW, LCAC. Utilizing the training he received at the Center for Mindfulness, attendees gain increased awareness of their own habits and learn how to use the wisdom of their own body and mind to deal with stressful situations through gentle stretching and yoga, readings, mindfulness meditation practices and group dialogue.
Benefits of MBSR include cultivating inner calm, keeping things in perspective, bringing awareness to habits, creating a sense of spaciousness, lowering blood pressure and basal metabolic rate, noticing negative thoughts and their effects on stress, building up emotional and mental reserves for stressful times, and living in the present moment.