Each of us is currently in progress toward what we will become.
We have lives that have brought us to this moment. We have hopes and fears that will be with us until the next.
I feel incredibly lucky to be able to say that I am becoming an MBSR teacher.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is not only a mouthful to say it is also a course of study that allows each of us to enter into a space where we can look at our lives; where we are in this moment; and move to the next moment without bringing the stress of the world with us.
The path to becoming a teacher of MBSR is not short. Four years ago I started with my first 8-week class here in NYC. In April, I will complete the Practice Teaching Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness and be a Qualified MBSR Teacher.
The Center for Mindfulness is based out of Massachusetts Medical in Worcester, MA. In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zin started what was then called the Stress Reduction Clinic. The hospital granted him the opportunity to work with patients who had plateaued in their recovery; who had gotten to a place where stress, frustration and chronic pain were overwhelming. These first classes, when analyzed by the research hospital’s findings, solidified MBSR’s place in participatory care.
Since then, MBSR has been taught to scores of people who wanted the chance to learn how to participate in exploring how to reduce their own level of stress, sometimes partnering with their doctors and sometimes on their own.
Some may know me as an Alexander Technique teacher. I am continuing that work and pleased that AT resonates so fully with MBSR. The first principle of mindfulness is Body Awareness, which (though biased) I feel Alexander has unpacked as gracefully as possible.
MBSR is taught as an 8-week course. I am pleasantly proud to announce that I am teaching my first course starting Tuesday April 24 through June 12.
As we are all becoming something, this is what I am working toward next. I’d greatly appreciate your help In spreading the word, sharing the news and letting me know if you have any questions.
If you are curious about MBSR, I am offering a free workshop on Tuesday March 20th at the Fountain House Gallery - 702 9th Ave at the corner of 48th Street from 6:15 to 7:30.
All the best of all the things to all of you.