Life is stressful, with nearly 75% of Americans reporting moderate to high stress. There is a way out of stress and back into the fullness of life – the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Three decades of published research indicated that the majority of people who complete the 8-Week MBSR course report: The ability to cope more effectively with both short – and long-term stress; lasting improvements in physical and psychological health; an increased ability to calm and relax; reductions in pain levels and the ability to cope with long-term pain; an enhance sense of well-being; and an improved outlook and enthusiasm for life.
Mindfulness practices cultivate a new relationship between you and the things that stress you out. Drawing on your own inner resources, mindfulness develops caring, patience, awareness, and attentiveness. You learn to stay present, open to your inner and outer experience, and become less judgmental and more understanding. You develop clarity and the ability to remain focused.
Dr. George Nagel will lead an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course at Heart and Sole Yoga in downtown Big Rapids. The course will meet on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm from September 20th to November 15th. The session on the 20th will be an introductory and informational session. As part of the program, there will be an all day (9:00am to 4:00pm) silent retreat on Saturday, November 5th.
During the course, you will become familiar with a range of formal mindfulness meditation practices including the body scan, sitting meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, and gentle yoga. Each of these can be used daily to improve and maintain quality of life. During the course, you will have an opportunity to find the practice that is right for you and your lifestyle.
The course is normally $300 but there are scholarships available that can help with the full cost or $150 of it.
For more information or to register for the MBSR course, please contact George Nagel at 616-481-1182 or via email at GeorgeNagel@ferris.edu.