Opportunities for personal growth
In recent years, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has become a popular way of coping with the inherent stresses of life. The program, spearheaded by John Kabat-Zinn, comes out of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. A wide body of research supports the effectiveness of MBSR in reducing stress and improving the overall well-being of diverse groups of people, including those with chronic pain, advanced illness and everyday anxiety.
In essence, MBSR is a form of guided meditation and yoga. It focuses on training the mind to be aware of both thoughts and body sensations, with the goal of reducing stress through progressive muscle relaxation and a non-judgemental attitude toward stress.
Kabat-Zinn has published many books and recordings of his programs. Mindfulness groups meet regularly in many urban centers to engage in relaxation efforts together.