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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (UMass Medical School, Center for Mindfulness)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (UMass Medical School, Center for Mindfulness)


[MUSIC] MBSR is based on a form of meditation
originally out of the Buddhist tradition, having to do with this capacity to pay
attention, and to actually refine our capacity to pay attention.>>Mindfulness is like a deeply embodied
experience of wakefulness. And we call that, in common parlance, awareness. And,
it, we only are alive in one moment, and that’s this one. Now.
>>Using this capacity that we believe, I believe, everyone has for being mindful, being attentive in the present moment, in
this way. To base a training program, for people who are suffering, on that
capacity to be mindful. I think that’s what MBSR is.>>It’s a deep engagement with the
vitality of the moment, and the appreciation of life. And all of this
is done both alone and as a group, so that it has the sense of
the community learning to it.>>In the MBSR classes, you know, we get a whole bunch of people together.
And people begin to talk about, like, what’s really going on? And there’s a
great relief. Because, like, people realize, like, I’m not alone
with my anxiety or my depression or feeling overwhelmed, or, you know, the
whole plethora of our human condition. And so, I think there’s a breath of fresh
air of people really, really wanting to have like a meaningful
encounter with another human being. And I think there’s a hunger to be, to
connect, to be real, to be loved, to be seen, to be understood, to be
respected for where you are. To honor, to be honored.>>It’s also utilizing the latest in
neuroscience discoveries about something called neuroplasticity. And
neuroplasticity is essentially this idea that the brain can
be shaped by our experience. So MBSR is also because it’s repetitive,
because people practice when they’re in class. They practice the meditation
methods when they’re at home. They practice them in their everyday
lives. Is that there’s a kind of mental muscle
being built, if you will. That has real life implications in terms
of you might actually handle situations in your life differently. The
things that used to stress you out might not stress you in the same way.
>>Stress is the word that John used in ’79 when he was coming
up with the course. It was his word for the Buddhist term dukkha, which means
suffering. But it means that quality of things just not being right. And it’s a
great word to use for what we’re doing. We’re reducing the effects that stress
might have on the body, but really what we’re reducing is the way that people
get lost in their pain and suffering, and forget that there is this inherent
capacity to come back to balance and ease in our lives. And the program actually accompanies people on a journey
through discovering that. So, to me that’s what the MBSR program is,
the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, Mindfulness-
Based Suffering Reduction program. [MUSIC]>>I started talking to physicians at
UMass, asking them questions like, well, of all your patients, what
percentage of them would you say you help? And, again, remember. This is now 1979.
And they, I was completely astonished by their
response. They said, well, maybe 20%. 15%. And I said, well, what happens to the
others? They said, well some get better on their
own, and the rest? But what if you sent your patients to a place
where, like, we could take that time and help them to tap into deep inner resources
that they have simply by virtue of being human? So I
wrote out a four or five page proposal. And I directed it to the ambulatory care
department in the hospital, and I said I’ll do this two days a week for
virtually no money, I mean, you know, just, like, a pittance, and they said yes
to it. We’ll try it. And of course we had to
decide well what would we call this. Well, in 1979, you weren’t going to call
it the Mind Body Clinic. You weren’t going to call it Alternative Medicine. Why don’t
we just call it stress reduction? Anybody can relate to that. Everybody can
relate to that. Let’s make the mouth of the funnel as big as possible and bring
people into the system. Because most of the people who will be
referred to the Stress Reduction Clinic, they are falling through the cracks of the
health care system.>>I came as an intern. I was the first intern in the Stress
Reduction Clinic in 1981.>>I started in 1984, when there was just John and Saki. It was very informal. John used to test
the air quality in the hospital, just to see if he could breathe, because
we were in the basement over the animal lab.
>>The first 10 or 12 years, we were a pretty well-kept secret. We had
no windows. I’d come in in the morning, and I wouldn’t know if it was sunny out or snowing out.>>The rooms were small, dark. We were in
the faculty conference room. We’d go through the library. We had to
look very professional because no one knew who we were. And it was wonderful.>>So I’m lying on the floor of the
faculty conference room in like this first cycle I
think or the second cycle. And I’m halfway through the body scan. And
then the door opens and they’re 30 people on the floor. And this
troop of people in white coats walk in.>>[LAUGH].
>>And the guy in front, he comes up to me.>>[LAUGH]
>>And he looks down at me.>>[LAUGH]
>>And [LAUGH] looks around. And he says, What’s going on here?>>[LAUGH]
>>This is 1980. And I said, Well, this is the first, the new stress reduction program in the hospital.>>[LAUGH].
>>He sees this guy, barefoot and karate gi, and all these people
lying on these colorful mats, and he’s got a retinue of people and he
said, Well, we have this room reserved for this time.>>[LAUGH].>>And I said, That’s funny.>>[LAUGH].
>>I thought… I was…
I made sure that we had… …I double checked, I tripled
checked, you know. He looks around, and he says to me, Are these our patients? And
I said, Yes they are. And he said, Then we will find another
place to hold our meeting.

4 Replies to “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (UMass Medical School, Center for Mindfulness)”

  • MBSR saved my life. Was at the breaking point after a lifetime of physical pain. The pain resulted in the rest of me breaking down. I was ready to give up. I was skeptical but decided to try one more thing, MBSR. I was shocked at how simple, common sense based it was. and how simple compassion towards myself could result in giving me life and a joy that I had never experienced before. It changes lives. Why we are not taught this throughout our lives boggles my mind.

  • I would like to share your video on my blog, part of which covers my personal spiritual and emotional evolution and struggles with stress, PTSD, and depression. Thank you!

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn learned Vipassana from S.N.Goenka, renamed it Mindfullness and shameless as hell doesn't even acknowledge its roots and origins to India. This is a great insult anyone can hurl by hiding its true origins and pretending that it has been developed by him. Liar and pretender. Thank the monks who have perfected and kept this technique alive.

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