Today was the first day at the Stress reduction clinic at my local hospital. I was referred after a recent recurrence of my Brain tumour. I was
refered to help deal with the stress's and worries that come along with such a diagnosis.
I was introduced to the neuropsychologist who outlined what the course would entail.It turns out it is an 8 week course in Mindful based stress
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a structured complementary medicine program that uses mindfulness in an approach that focuses on
alleviating pain and on improving physical and emotional well-being for individuals suffering from a variety of diseases and disorders. The program
was established by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
MBSR programs last eight to ten weeks and consist of 2.5 hour weekly classes along with a single all-day class.
Now if you were anything like me, the mere mention of meditation tended to bring on a roll of the eye balls. I'm pretty skeptical about most things
especially religious philosophy and practice. Yet MBSR is basically Zen buddhist practices made more acceptable and demystified to a secular society.
I was surprised that my national health service was providing quite a radical treatment option.
The pioneer of this work and on which most courses are based in the west is Jon Kabat- Zinn. It is through Zinns work, that mindfulness has
established it self in western medicine. I
Despite only starting the course today, my neuropsychologist had me started weeks ago on the Jon Kabat Zinn CD's/Audiobooks, to which I have been
using most days.
So what I would like to do , is put down the practices here for the next 8 weeks, in the hope that some of the ATS members who have never thought of
meditation can give these easy and straight forward practices a go. You dont have to be going through some crisis, you could just try it for fun.
This is not really a thread for experienced meditators to come in and say how their way is best, thats not saying I dont welcome their input.
OK so today the first exercise was The Raisin. Basically an exercise in cultivating awareness. You can use anything you eat but today we used a
Pick up a raisin and hold it in the palm of your hand. Look at it. Examine it. Describe the raisin. What does it look like? What color is it? How
would you describe the texture? Now, feel the raisin in the palm of your hand. What does it feel like against your skin? Pick it up with your other
hand. What does it feel like in your fingers? Is it slimy? Rough? Smooth? Soft? Hard? Squeeze it softly. What do you feel? Smell the raisin. Describe
how it smells. Put the raisin in your mouth, but do not eat it. What does it feel like on your tongue? What does the texture feel like now? How does
it taste? How does the taste compare to the way it smelled? Move it around in your mouth and notice every aspect of the raisin. Bite the raisin and
think about what you taste. Now how does the raisin feel in your mouth? Finish chewing and eat the raisin. How did it taste? Describe the experience
of the raisin.
Read more: www.mindfulnessinfo.com...
Dont get too hung up about what it is your eating, its more about creating the awareness of what and how you do something you normally take for
Next . The Body Scan
There are loads of different ones on youtube or on apps on smart phones. Choose one that you are comfortable with. Some voices can be annoying.
It is required that you try to do one of these Body scans a day for 6 days and try to eat just one meal of the week in the same way you ate the raisin
or what ever you tried.
I will update with next weeks exercisres. The sources I am using are the best ones I can find on the net.
I hope some members especially the skeptics, take a look into this. There is scientific evidence to suggest just 8 weeks can change the structure of
I'll leave you with a few words from the man who brought these practices into western medicine.
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