Notice….CHANGES at the Stress Reduction Clinic!
After more than 15 years of leading MBSR groups, we want to let you know
the present Summer MBSR Clinic and July Silent Day will be our last group activities.
Paul has taken up new responsibilities as a Preceptor for Dell Medical School students and Sharyn has taken up additional responsibilities in our extended family. We will both be continuing our private practices, so after careful consideration, we have decided it is wise for us to practice what we preach and let something go!
For those seeking individual consultation, training or support for mindfulness, Sharyn will still be offering those services from her private practice and can be reached at
Listed below you will find contact information for several new resources for quality leadership of MBSR groups in the Central Texas area and we feel confident these trainers will be able to meet the needs of anyone seeking group work.
Geeta Cowlagi, Website: www.JoyfulLiving.us
Mamata Misra, Website: http://mamatamisra.weebly.com/
Over the years, sharing mindfulness tools has truly been a source of joy and satisfaction for us. We are hopeful each day and each breath will be a reminder that you always have the option to “begin again”
to take seriously the gift of life,
to intentionally pay attention to your mind, body and emotions,
to recognize how to apply the mindfulness tools you have received in order
to further peace, kindness, joy and hope in your own life and in that of the world we all share.
Paul & Sharyn
He who binds to himself a joy
does the winged life destroy
but he who kisses the joy as it flies
lives in eternity’s sunrise.
The Stress Reduction Clinic for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
The Stress Reduction Clinic provides instruction and support for those seeking to increase their capacity to live a more grounded and peaceful life.
Stress is the reaction of a body to adjust or adapt in light of change. Since change is an element of being alive, we can’t really expect to be stress free. We can, however, explore ways to change our relationship to stress and identify and reduce the stressors in our lives. We can also learn new ways to manage and respond to stress which can’t be avoided. It may not be possible to reduce the stress which comes at us from outside of ourselves but with the mindfulness practices taught at the Stress Reduction Clinic, we can develop increased capacity to be aware, observe and respond in new ways to external stressors, thus lessening the degree of internal stress and reactivity which we generally experience.
The meditation practices taught in the Stress Reduction Clinic are grounded in the context of the emergent field of mind/body medicine. Our format is modeled after the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses established by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusets Medical School in 1979.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about paying attention on purpose, without judgement and be fully aware of the present moment. This may sound simple, yet due to the increasingly fast-paced and reactive culture in which we live, it has become a skill less and less available to modern human beings. Feeling scattered, distracted and overwhelmed has become a way of life and many of us can relate to feeling more like a “human doing” than a human being.
Meditation practice is a basic component of all world religions. The Stress Reduction Clinic introduces meditation practice from a medical or scientific perspective. These practices can be integrated with any religious or philosophical belief system one might hold.
The Western view of “self” emphasizes individualism and separation. Modern health care systems have become compartmentalized into distinct specialties. However, there is a growing appreciation for the capacity of the “mind-body-spirit” connection to function in a holistic way and an increasing interest in meditation as a vehicle for enhancing the effectiveness of the holistic system to produce healing and healthy change from within.
There is increasing evidence that mindfulness and meditation yield positive health benefits for those who practice regularly. University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the Harvard Institute of Mind, Body Medicine, and many other medical schools and medical centers have used mindfulness and meditation to provide instruction and support for patients with diverse conditions such as cancer, heart disease, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and life transitions. Many of these patients were previously unable to obtain relief through traditional medicine. Links between the development of a regular meditation practice and improved quality of life, are regularly reported by practitioners, as well as through a growing number of peer review medical journal articles, textbooks and reports of scientific studies. This work has been featured on national television, the cover of Time magazine and the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Professional sports teams, corporations and educational institutions are supporting the practice of mindfulness to enhance performance and quality of life for their employees.
Mindfulness is about connecting with one’s inherent, internal resources, in order to rediscover, remember and experience the depth of our being. These practices strengthen and deepen the human capacity in order to live more meaningful and peaceful lives.