at www.mindfulnessyver.com, Vancouver Canada
The Vancouver Centre for Mindfulness Therapies offers Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and individual mindfulness based psychotherapy.
Welcome to the Vancouver Centre for Mindfulness Therapies. My mission to help people learn and apply mindfulness tools in their lives in order to reduce anxiety, stress, depression, pain and suffering. Mindfulness therapies can help you with: Stress Anxiety Depression Physical pain Managing medical conditions AND other psychological concerns. People today seek ways to manage anxiety, depression, pressure, stress, as well as chronic physical pain or medical conditions. Mindfulness therapies have been shown to assist people in gaining mastery over their lives, their bodies, and both emotional and physical pain. Mindfulness Mindfulness allows us to train our minds in order to gain mastery rather than feel at the mercy of anxious or depressive or worrisome thoughts that become invasive and torturous. Through practices of mental and body awareness, mindfulness gives you the tools to manage life’s difficulties and challenges with more clarity and mastery. Mindfulness is both a practice and a philosophy of life. Mindfulness refers to the practice of being present moment to moment with open awareness to what arises. Mindfulness is intensive training in the art of mastering our minds; of learning how to free ourselves from oppressive and suffocating thoughts. Mindfulness is a practice that trains us to be grounded in the present rather than tortured by the past or anxious about the future. In this way, we are able to have clarity and mastery over our lives and our emotions. “MBSR is intensive training in the art of living” Jon Kabat-Zinn MBSR is an 8-week program that was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This program is aimed at helping participants learn how to manage the physical and psychological symptoms of stress related to psychological or medical stressors. MBSR is a well-defined and systematic client-centered program that uses mindfulness tools and meditation to teach participants to live better and more adaptive lives. The anxious mind is always worrying about what might go wrong, or what might happen if…. or about unfounded fears and feelings of overwhelm. Someone with anxiety feels trapped by their anxious thoughts. The depressed mind feels sad, hopeless, wishing things to be different. The stressed mind feels pressured and sees life as if it was an Everest mountain to climb. The pain mind feels trapped in a body that is not healthy; fears eternal pain, dwells on possible solutions, or can feel tired and hopeless. MBSR is a program that teaches participants how to relate to and manage their personal pain and struggles in more effective and self-caring ways. MBSR is training in how to gain mastery over our minds so that we can weaken the power of anxious, depressive, obsessive, stressful, or torturous thoughts. MBSR teaches participants a series of mindfulness practices that invite more clarity and calm in the midst of life’s storms. Life is like the ocean, sometimes it is calm and sometimes it is stormy and aggressive. In MBSR we think of life as the ocean and of MBSR as giving you the tools to navigate life in a way that reduces stress and improves your overall quality of life. MBSR is a program within the behavioral medicine field.
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Our next Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class starts Tuesday, February 2nd. go to www.minfulnessyvr.com
Mindfulness is not a fad. There is so much interest today because it makes a difference in people's lives. I thought I would share how it has made a difference in mine. I started to practice mindfulness meditation about 10 years ago when my youngest daughter began struggling with anxiety, panic, and depression. Throughout those first years of her mental illness, I felt terrified at the thought that she would struggle for years to come. I kept thinking of her future and being afraid of what her life would be like. I then came to learn mindfulness meditation, which teaches us to be present with whatever is here as it is. As I practiced, I began to notice how much time my mind spent being anxious about the future, and how I could do little to fix the future as it was not here yet. I began to cultivate presence, and reminding myself to come back to the present moment every time I felt fear of the future. Little by little I began to be more present, and one day, I came to accept deeply that this was my little girl, she was who I had in my life, and that this little girl had anxiety and depression. This deep acceptance came. I have learned to solve what is present and not what has not yet happened. Life is way more manageable when we only solve what is here, rather than what is not yet happened.
I recently talked to a mindfulness teacher, she reminded me that we must come into the body when we are suffering. Being mindful of our body brings us back to what is happening here and it allows us to interrupt the "stories" we tell ourselves about our pain. Coming to be with the body helps us become friendly with the pain, helps us to stop resisting it, and ultimately reduces our suffering.
Mindfulness. We learn to be present with whatever arises moment to moment. Each moment is here and then it becomes past. When we cultivate our attention into the present moment, we begin to experience freedom from our minds and from the past and the future.
Mindfulness has changed my life, personally and professionally. In my personal life, it has made me more patient, more present, less stressed over the rush of life. It has allowed me to see the ones I love with less judgement and with more loving kindness. It has helped me to be less anxious and to be present and rejoice in life's beauty. Professionally, it is the best thing I have learned as a psychologist. I have had people tell me that my classes and individual mindfulness therapies have been "life changing!" It is so rewarding to share this wisdom with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, panic disorder, GI issues, interpersonal issues, and more. I am blessed to be able to facilitate change in their lives. So excited to be starting this wonderful venture! I am now offering Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in the community. I have been offering it at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver for 3 years and the benefit to the students is incredible. They kept asking me to offer it in the community so that their friends and family could do it. My dream was to create the Vancouver Centre for Mindfulness Therapies, so this is the start!