MBSR is an acronym for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. It describes a protocol for teaching mindfulness that is one of the most widely researched meditation programs available. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical School, it is now widely available from certified trainers all over the country.
Mindfulness, the Pali word is SATI, is an acceptance practice. It teaches the skills needed to see and know things as they really are. A second and equally important skill is the skill of cultivation of wholesome mind states (like ease, joy and kindness) which can develop into wholesome character traits. This is the aim of cultivation; the Pali word is BHAVANA. This course introduces meditation practices that foster both mindfulness and the cultivation of wholesome traits.
Or almost free. There is a $40 fee to register and save your space and you will be expected to obtain a copy of the workbook from the Palouse Mindfulness website. The class is an offering of the Bhavana Community, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The courses typically cost between $300 and $500 to participate. Donations to support this and other community programs are welcome. Pre-registration is required. Scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up.
The Winter class will be offered on Wednesday afternoons for 9 weeks starting January 8th from 2:00 - 4:00 at the Bhavana Community Space at Porter's Neck Yoga (106 Marshall Court, Unit 120 Wilmington NC 28411). Chairs are available. There is also a day-long practice session on a Saturday in late February.