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The Impact of Preoperative Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Postoperative Outcomes in Lumbar Spine Degenerative Disease

In this study, investigators from the University of Utah evaluated the impact of a preoperative mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course on patient-related outcomes among individuals undergoing lumbar spine surgery for…

A New Zoom Way for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

“Letting go of our suffering is the hardest work we will ever do. It is also the most fruitful. To heal means to meet ourselves in a new way—in the newness of each moment where all is possible and nothing is limited to the old.” – Stephen Levine This time last year, our last classes were held in the spacious Fontaine building with chairs tenderly placed in a circle waiting for each participant to show up.  The backdrop of the ceiling to floor windows provided spectacular panoramic views of colorful autumn leaves, clear blue skies behind the ginkgo trees brightly donned in brilliant yellows. Shoes were traditionally left at the door as a reminder of letting go of the workday as we walked in quietly with awareness and curiosity.

Special Reduced Rate Holiday MBSR Course Offered Online Starting November 30, 2020

Mindfulness is needed now more than ever as we are learning to adapt to the new normal of living in the time of COVID-19.  In order to help alleviate stress…

Mindful Pause Extended Tuesday

An Extended Tuesday Mindful Pause Will Be Offered. The Tuesday Mindful Pause Is Now Extended to 30 Minutes. The Mindfulness Center is hosting a virtual Mindful Pause for 15 minutes…

Post-Thanksgiving Silent Retreat

The Mindfulness Center will be hosting a free Silent Retreat the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 28, from 10-2 pm.  This will be a time of silence with guided meditations, eating…

Research Update

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Improve Psychological Health and Well-Being Much of the burden associated with poor mental health is from symptoms experienced by the general population. These…

Transitioning through the Unwanted with Mindfulness

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “In action is his power; not in his goals but in his transitions, man is great.” Transitions are a normal part of life.  Some are voluntary, like a longed-for job opportunity that’s finally come around or the birth of a new baby. Some transitions are involuntary, like an unexpected job termination, unknown illness or sudden death of a parent or loved one.  Transitions, even when we choose them, can cause disruption and disequilibrium, be painful and uncomfortable, with many unexpected challenges.  The pain and disruption can be even greater when we are forced to transition, when we don’t want to or weren’t anticipating an unforeseen change.  Right now, we are facing a major transition with the coronavirus.

Update on Mindfulness for Health System Employees Classes

The Mindfulness Center just finished the fifth Mindfulness for Health System Employees class conducted in conjunction with the Be Wise program.  These eight-week classes are now offered virtually and are…

Research Update

Enhanced Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is Effective in Episodic Migraine These investigators evaluated the impact of enhanced mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR+) compared to a stress management program for headache without mindfulness…

Just for Now

As I read and understand more about this new “normal” I am awestruck at the concept of impermanence. This exact time last year, I was on a plane for Quebec, Canada.  In just 2 hours, I landed in the beautiful city of Montreal, where I found myself wandering around this French-Canadian wonderland in large crowds of people.  We were dancing, singing, and enjoying the outdoor movie creations. It was a creative celebration of Old Montreal’s history through “Cite Memoire” with original footage of the city shown on the sides of buildings while sharing headsets in both English and French. There were open air markets, beautiful museums, delicious croissants with wild caught salmon in crowded cafes.  There were people everywhere, touching, talking, singing, laughing.