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    Science has consistently shown that mindfulness-meditation has a vast array benefits. Benefits ranging from reduced blood pressure to neurogenesis, and improvements in mood. Learn how use mindfulness-meditation to improve over-all health and well-being.

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    Learn how to meditate

    Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an 8 week evidenced based practice featured on the cover of Time magazine and practiced by a growing and diverse population. Free orientation will be held on 1-9-17 at Elemental Healing Charlotte.

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Welcome to A Keen Mind, my name is Jude Johnson and I am a Licensed Marriage and family therapist.  I  teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), provide individual meditation sessions as well as mindfulness based counseling.Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an 8-week course that was created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts.  MBSR was designed to reduce stress through mindfulness-meditation, gentle yoga and practical applications of mindfulness in daily living.

There has been more three decades of scientific research on mindfulness and MBSR which have consistently shown to have a positive and profound effect on living in the present moment while reducing medical symptoms and psychological distress.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction will help you learn to…

  1. Approach life with greater composure, understanding and enthusiasm
  2. Develop effective strategies to cope with short-term and long term stressors
  3. Improve your capacity to manage pain and reduce pain in many cases
  4. Enhance your ability to focus and concentrate
  5. Develop a greater sense of resilience by recovering more quickly from challenging events

In Charlotte meditation and mindfulness practices are growing and they span the globe with over 750 MBSR programs worldwide.  MBSR will help you develop life-long tools to maximize your quality of life through enhanced awareness, even when you are facing stress, pain and illness.  

Jon Kabat-Zinn says that “Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives.  It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment.”  When we are able to really see this present moment, “The little things? The little moments?  They aren’t little.”

Mindfulness is not something that you have to acquire, it is a resource that you already posses which can be cultivated and grown over time.  MBSR is a universal concept and a scientifically based strategy which works in harmony with any belief system.  MBSR can help with stress from uncertainty about the future, work, school,  finances, grief, aging, and illness.  

MBSR is designed for anyone wishing to gain greater levels of health or general well-being. People choose a MBSR class for many reasons, such as:

  • Stress
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • GI Distress
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances  
  • To improve wellness

Even if you are not facing a medical issue, MBSR can improve overall well-being and enhance your health.  According to the World Health Organization “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  

The 8-week MBSR course has been adopted by the mainstream medical community and teaches a form of mediation known as mindfulness.  MBSR teaches you about the mind-body connection and allows you to mobilize your own inner resources for coping, growing and healing.

The MBSR course is a systematic approach to learning how to meditate and be mindful in daily living. Mindfulness is our human ability to be fully present and aware of what we are doing, while not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by our circumstances.   

Free Orientation 1-09-18 6:45pm-8pm Elemental Healing Charlotte

This introductory session with help you get acquainted with the practice of mindfulness-meditation and give you an overview of the course. You will learn how this course can improve your quality of life and what to expect over the span of the course.  Recorded meditations and home practices will be provided for each class through online links via email.  CDs are also available if needed.  The meditation that will learned are as follows:  Body-scan, awareness of breath, standing yoga, lying down yoga, sitting meditation, walking meditation, loving-kindness, mountain, lake and choiceless awareness.

To learn more about MBSR and the next Free orientation please click HERE