Learning curve on stress control

STARTING Wednesday June 6, an eight-week group course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) will be offered in Gympie for the first time.

Learning mindfulness has helped thousands of people all over the world to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, irritability, chronic pain, and to improve their overall health, wellbeing and functioning.

This mindfulness course was developed more than 30 years ago by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, has been widely researched and is being taught all over the world.

Mindfulness is about learning to be present without judgment to each new moment as it is happening: pleasurable moments, not-so-pleasurable moments and even downright painful ones.

When we consciously hold our attention in the present moment without judgment, we not only discover that there are a lot more enjoyable moments in life, but also that we are able to face difficult times with a wiser and more courageous heart, and respond consciously rather than react blindly to people or life events that upset us.

Mindfulness is a natural ability that we all have which can be cultivated through systematic practice.

The eight-week group course in Mindfulness will be held at the Gympie Community Place, 24 Lawrence St.

It consists of weekly group sessions of 2.5 hours (short lectures, exercises, group discussions and meditation practice), a one-day retreat, and daily practice at home with the help of CDs and a course book.

For more information, visit http://www.openground.com.au or call Astrid on 0401 904 995.

Gympie Times


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