Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: The MBSR Program for Enhancing Health and Vitality

  • 3h 13m
  • Linda Lehrhaupt, Petra Meibert
  • New World Library
  • 2017

Practicing mindfulness helps us meet life’s challenges with gentleness and clarity. By fully engaging in the present moment as best we can, we nurture our capacity to approach difficulties with less judgment and water the seeds of wisdom and openheartedness in ourselves. This book offers a concise and thorough immersion in the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat¬-Zinn. It features straightforward instruction in the main exercises of MBSR — sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, yoga, body scan, and informal, everyday practices. MBSR has been shown to help alleviate symptoms associated with chronic illness, anxiety, pain, burnout, cancer, and other stress-related conditions.

The authors, two leading MBSR teacher trainers, provide step-by-step instructions as well as illustrative real-life examples. Readers embarking on a course in MBSR will find clear guidance, trainers will gain a valuable tool for their teaching, and anyone experiencing or receiving treatment for challenges of mind, body, or spirit will find practical, inspirational help.

About the Authors

Linda Lehrhaupt, PhD, is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches and one of Europe’s most senior MBSR teachers.

Petra Meibert, Dipl. Psych., is a psychologist and one of Germany’s leading experts on MBSR, MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), and the applications of mindfulness in medicine and psychotherapy.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • What is MBSR and Who Can Benefit from It?
  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Stress, Life’s Challenges, and Mindfulness
  • Beginning the Journey—The Mindfulness Compass
  • The Eight-Week MBSR Program
  • Exploring Mindfulness
  • How We Perceive the World and Ourselves
  • Being at Home in Our Own Body
  • What is Stress?
  • Stress—Reaction or Mindful Response
  • Mindful Communication
  • A Day of Mindfulness—Deepening the Practice in Stillness
  • Taking Care of Ourselves
  • Looking Backward, Going Forward
  • Notes
  • Recommended Reading
  • Resources
  • The Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches
  • The Ruhr Mindfulness Institute