Introduction to week 9

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    Welcome to our mindfulness discussion! This is a really meaningful topic for me, as I mark the realization that mindfulness is critical for my healing and long-term health as a turning point in both my treatment and my overall approach to life.

    Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, defines mindfulness as “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to the unfolding of experience, moment by moment.” (Kabat-Zinn, J., Full Catasrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. New York, Delacourte Press, 1990)

    Mindfulness has been linked to improved treatment of chronic pain and stress reduction. This week we will discuss mindfulness tactics, techniques, and effects.

    Rachel Carriere
  • A note about the book:
    The book I quoted in this introduction, Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn, is one of many wonderful books on mindfulness and I am sharing it here for anyone interested in exploring more about Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Feel free to reply to this post with other helpful resources on mindfulness!

    (Photo from Pesky Librarians)

    Rachel Carriere

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