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Mindfulness-based stress reduction

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a mindfulness-based program designed initially to assist people with pain and a range of conditions and life issues that were difficult to treat in a hospital setting developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, which uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and yoga to help people become more mindful.[1] In recent years, meditation has been the subject of controlled clinical research.[2] This suggests it may have beneficial effects, including stress reduction, relaxation, and improvements to quality of life, but that it does not help prevent or cure disease.[3] While MBSR has its roots in spiritual teachings, the program itself is secular.[4]


  • Overview 1
  • Extent of practice 2
  • Evaluation of effectiveness 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


MBSR has been described as "a group program that focuses upon the progressive acquisition of mindful awareness, of mindfulness".[5] The MBSR program is an eight-week workshop taught by certified trainers that entails weekly group meetings, homework, and instruction in three formal techniques: mindfulness meditation, body scanning and simple yoga postures. Body scanning is the first prolonged formal mindfulness technique taught during the first four weeks of the workshop, and entails quietly lying on one's back and focusing one's attention on various regions of the body, starting with the toes and moving up slowly to the top of the head.[1][6]

According to Kabat-Zinn, the basis of MBSR is mindfulness, which he defined as "moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness."[7]

Extent of practice

According to a 2014 article in Time magazine, mindfulness meditation is becoming popular among people who would not normally consider meditation.[1] The curriculum started by Kabat-Zinn at University of Massachusetts Medical Center has produced nearly 1,000 certified MBSR instructors who are in nearly every state in the US and more than 30 countries. Corporations such as

  • MBSR
  • MBSR at University of Massachusetts, where MSBR began
  • MBSR

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e Pickert K (February 2014). "The art of being mindful. Finding peace in a stressed-out, digitally dependent culture may just be a matter of thinking differently". Time 183 (4): 40–6.  
  2. ^ Ospina MB, Bond K, Karkhaneh M, et al. (June 2007). "Meditation practices for health: state of the research". Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep) (155): 35–37.  
  3. ^ a b "Meditation".  
  4. ^ Greeson, Jeffrey M.; Webber, Daniel M.; Smoski, Moria J.; Brantley, Jeffrey G.; Ekblad, Andrew G.; Suarez, Edward C.; Wolever, Ruth Quillian (2011). "Changes in spirituality partly explain health-related quality of life outcomes after Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction". Journal of Behavioral Medicine 34 (6): 508–18.  
  5. ^ Grossman, P; Niemann, L; Schmidt, S; Walach, H (2010). "Mindfulness-based stress reduction and health benefits: A meta-analysis". Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies 8 (4): 500.  
  6. ^ Ospina MB, Bond K, Karkhaneh M, et al. (June 2007). "Meditation practices for health: state of the research". Evid Rep Technol Assess (Full Rep) (155): 1–263.  
  7. ^ Mindfulness Stress Reduction And Healing on YouTube
  8. ^ Rojas, Warren (January 8, 2014). "A Meditation on the Quiet Time Caucus". Roll Call. Retrieved April 4. 
  9. ^ Hurley, Dan (January 14, 2014). "Breathing In vs. Spacing Out". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ Khoury, Bassam; Lecomte, Tania; Fortin, Guillaume; Masse, Marjolaine; Therien, Phillip; Bouchard, Vanessa; Chapleau, Marie-Andrée; Paquin, Karine; Hofmann, Stefan G. (2013). "Mindfulness-based therapy: A comprehensive meta-analysis". Clinical Psychology Review 33 (6): 763–71.  
  11. ^ Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (University of York  
  12. ^ Brook,, Robert D; Lawrence J. Appel, Melvyn Rubenfire, Gbenga Ogedegbe, John D. Bisognano, William J. Elliott, Flavio D. Fuchs, Joel W. Hughes, Daniel T. Lackland, Beth A. Staffileno, Raymond R. Townsend and Sanjay Rajagopalan (April 22, 2013). "Beyond Medications and Diet: Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure : A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association". Hypertension 61 (6): 1360–83.  
  13. ^ Bohlmeijer, Ernst; Prenger, Rilana; Taal, Erik; Cuijpers, Pim (2010). "The effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy on mental health of adults with a chronic medical disease: A meta-analysis". Journal of Psychosomatic Research 68 (6): 539–44.  
  14. ^ Zgierska A, Rabago D, Chawla N, Kushner K, Koehler R, Marlatt A (2009). "Mindfulness meditation for substance use disorders: a systematic review". Subst Abus (Systematic review) 30 (4): 266–94.  
  15. ^ Lauche R, Cramer H, Dobos G, Langhorst J, Schmidt S (December 2013). "A systematic review and meta-analysis of mindfulness-based stress reduction for the fibromyalgia syndrome". J Psychosom Res (Systematic review) 75 (6): 500–10.  


Preliminary evidence suggests efficacy of mindfulness meditation in the treatment of substance use disorders, however further study is required.[14] MBSR might be beneficial for people with fibromyalgia: there is no evidence of long-term benefit but low-quality evidence of a small short-term benefit.[15]

Some research has suggested that therapy incorporating mindfulness might help people with anxiety, depression, and stress; however, the poor quality of the research casts doubt on these claims.[10][11] According to Cancer Research UK, while some evidence has shown MBSR may help with symptom relief and improve quality of life, there is no evidence it helps prevent or cure disease.[3] A 2013 statement from the American Heart Association on alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure concluded that meditation techniques other than Transcendental Meditation, including MBSR, are not recommended in clinical practice to lower blood pressure.[12] Nevertheless, MBSR can have a small beneficial effect helping with the depression and psychological distress associated with chronic illness.[13]

Mindfulness-based approaches have been the subject of increasing research interest: 52 papers were published in 2003, rising to 477 by 2012.[1] Nearly 100 randomized controlled trials had published by early 2014.[9]

Evaluation of effectiveness


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