“Learning to strengthen the mind”
Outline: During this fourth MBSR session, we engage in a combination of the three major formal mindfulness practices that have also been practiced at home during the preceding three weeks:
Instruction emphasizes the development of concentration and the systematic expansion of the field of awareness.
How conditioning and perception shape our experience.
By practicing mindfulness:
We cultivate curiosity and openness to the full range of experience.
We learn new ways to respond to stressful moments and events, whether external or internal.
Exploration of mindfulness as a means of reducing the negative effects of stress reactivity, as well as the development of more effective ways of respondingpositively and pro-actively to stressful situations and experiences.
The physiological and psychological bases of stress reactivity are reviewed and in-depth discussion is directed toward the use of mindfulness as a way of working with reducing and recovering more quickly from stressful situations and experiences.
The daily mindfulness practice is recognizing, accepting and then experientially inquiring into our reactive patterns.
Typical Class Sequence:
Standing Yoga postures
Sitting meditation with focus on:
Particular emphasis on working with painful physical sensations.
Explore the opening ‘Stopping & Dropping’ meditation in this session.
Review: Unpleasant Events Calendar
Home Practice Assignment:
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