MIND BODY PROGRAM
"The present moment is filled
with joy and happiness.
If you are attentive, you will see it"
- Thich Nhat Hanh
CARE Services Mind Body Program
CARE Services has developed a Mind Body educational program that is based on the premise that there is an interrelationship between our emotional and physical health. One approach to increasing your emotional well-being is to explore practices and concepts that integrate both aspects at the same time. Typically referred to as a Mind Body approach, this can include the use of mindfulness-based practices like relaxation techniques, breath exercises, yoga, tai chi, tapping (a thought field technique)and meditation.
Mind Body Program offerings include a bi-annual Mind Body Newsletter, as well as a series of mind body workshops and classes related to managing stress and supporting emotional wellness. For a complete listing of our past mind body offerings click here.
What is Mindfulness?
Many of the offerings in CARE's Mind Body program are designed to teach and promote the principles of mindfulness as an important skill for achieving maintaining emotional well-being. Mindfulness is a concept taken from a 2500 yr old tradition of Buddhist meditation practices and condensed into a simple technique that can be easily learned and applied. Simply put, it refers to "paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment".
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is a particular type of meditation that is practiced to increase awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. You focus your awareness on what you are experiencing in the moment, such as the flow of your breath. thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. A meditation protocol using mindfulness, called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), was developed and extensively researched by a scientist named Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts. His research has been able to show that MBSR positively impacts stress, anxiety, pain, illness, and markers of immunity. In addition, it can improve memory, attentiveness and decision-making.
CARE Services offers a series of workshops and classes on topics such as mindfulness meditation and its many benefits to your overall well-being and productivity. Also, you are welcome to drop in on a weekly Meditation Support Group in the Tang Center.
- Thich Nhat Hahn:"Five Steps to Mindfulness"
- The Mayo Clinic: "Meditation: A Simple, Fast Way to Reduce Stress"
- More Book Suggestions for Self-Study
- More Article Suggestions for Self-Study
Coping Tools and Handouts
- Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society
- Greater Good Science Center: Jon Kabat-Zinn on Mindfulness
- NPR: "Meditation a Hit for Pain Management" (includes guided body scan)