Mindfulness Stress Reduction

Stress has significant, measurable deleterious effects on health, happiness, and overall well- being. Peer reviewed research conducted for more than 30 years across many domains strongly demonstrates that that mindfulness is useful in the prevention and treatment of pain, stress, depression and relapse, stroke, heart attacks, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, and other disorders. This pre-conference course offers an introduction and foundational principles structured on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Mindfulness is based on the simple, fundamental principle of maintaining awareness of our thoughts, emotions, body and each moment, without judgment or the desire for change. Mindfulness has ancient ties to meditative practices, but continues to impact modern social, rehabilitative and neurological sciences with profound results. We will examine all of these aspects during this pre-conference program. This class has content that is supportive to ADA coordinators and human resource professionals, persons with disabilities, disability agencies, corporations or anyone who is looking for new tools for their own – or for others - enhanced peace of mind, contentment and health, will find this introductory course beneficial. After some history and context, participants will actually practice and experience the hidden gem of mindfulness.