8 Week MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) Program (LIVE Stream)
Since its development by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 and inception at the University of Massachusetts’ Stress Reduction Clinic, the widely recognized and researched Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program has helped many people cope with their stress and anxiety levels through the teaching and practice of mindfulness skills to regain emotional balance and well-being.
Growing Practice of Mindfulness in Singapore
Work-related stress is an all-too-common part of modern day life. The rise of digital media and instant messaging means that many of us do not really “switch off” from work, and the culture of presenteeism causes us to spend more time working than ever before. Many of us invest so much time and energy thinking over what has happened in the past or worrying over things that might happen in the future, that we often miss out on appreciating the moments we have in the here and now.
Practicing mindfulness allows us to simply be in the present, by bringing our attention back to the experience of life as it happens and unfolds. Mindfulness is a scientifically-proven practice that helps people cope with everyday challenges and difficult times. Research has also shown the practice of mindfulness to be highly beneficial for both our physical and mental well-being.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness practice is becoming increasingly relevant in Singapore with the myriad of challenges we face in both our personal and professional lives. Mindfulness has a significantly positive impact on our wellbeing by way of training our attention and changing our relationship with stress; modern research has shown that the consistent practice of mindfulness supports us in preventing depression relapse, managing anxiety, boosting positive moods, reducing self-destructive behaviours, making more effective decisions, and improving relationships.
What to Expect
Mindfulness techniques taught in the program include formal and informal practices of observing our body, breath and thoughts, as well as gentle stretching movements. The MBSR learning process also includes group discussions and some didactic teaching about stress, all of which are exceptionally important to the participant’s learning in the program.
Mindfulness in the MBSR program is taught in a safe environment emphasizing self-care and the cultivation of moment-to-moment awareness, a non-striving attitude, non-judgmental acceptance, as well as self-compassion.
Who should attend?
You might find the MBSR program very helpful and effective if:
» You are experiencing mid to high levels of stress in your professional and/or personal life
» You do not like the way you are responding negatively to the stressors in your life
» You would like to be less reactive and more skilful with your responses
» You want to learn to cope more effectively with unpleasant thoughts and feelings
» You wish to increase awareness of yourself and gain greater clarity of your mind
» You wish to live a more balanced lifestyle and experience more calm and peaceful feelings
» You wish to enhance your relationships through the cultivation of awareness, patience and compassion
The well-researched MBSR program consists of eight weekly sessions (about 2.5 hours per session) as well as an all-day retreat to maximize the effectiveness of facilitation and group learning.
The MBSR program is designed to encourage active participation and commitment to practice, and so participants are required to follow up on the home practice assigned to them each week.
Ms Erin Lee, Founder and Mindfulness Coach of Mindful Moments Singapore
Erin Lee is Founder and Mindfulness Coach of Mindful Moments Singapore. She is a Certified MBSR Teacher as acknowledged by the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI) of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Mindfulness to conduct and deliver the classic research-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program. Erin completed the UCSD School of Medicine’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Intensive as well as Advanced Teacher Training Intensive for MBSR and MBCT Teachers in California. Erin is trained to teach mindfulness program to adults and business executives across the region. Erin is also trained to teach the mindfulness program to teenagers and young adults as recognized by the Mindfulness in Schools Project. Erin conducts mindfulness training for corporate clients and organizations, and is also an experienced polytechnic lecturer.
“I took Erin’s MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Program in July 2016. I enjoyed every class I attended over the eight weeks and learned a lot about mindfulness practice, including how to observe my inner thoughts and emotions. I was already practicing some meditation before, but taking Erin’s MBSR program really opened my eyes to the reality of my inner experience and the root causes of my stress. Erin is a very calm and inspiring mindfulness teacher; she constantly encouraged me to approach each experience with curiosity and patience, which was really helpful for me in learning not to judge or criticize myself so much. After completing the program, I am a lot more aware of myself, and also more grounded in the present moment. Erin is truly an authentic, proficient teacher we can learn mindfulness from.” – Joanathan Lim, Illustrator and Graphic Design Consultant
“Erin is the first mindfulness practitioner I’ve ever met and she has impressed me with her passion for advocating this practice – especially during a time when it was not widespread. Her dedication to coaching individuals from all walks of life in the simplicity and symbolism of mindfulness is inspiring. Erin has a gift for bringing out the best in clients she has coached, with a gentle, firm, knowledgeable and enlightened disposition. I have faith that she will continue to exude light in her calling.” – Dawn Foo, Education and Career Guidance Counsellor
“Erin was the teacher of the 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program that I took. I found her to be very skilled in teaching the mindfulness training program, pacing each class well and facilitating our practice of self-awareness and self-discovery effectively. It is important that the teacher creates a safe, non-judgmental space for learning mindfulness, and Erin was able to offer that to her participants. She always invited us to be gentle and kind to ourselves as we engaged in the various practices. She embodies the patience, openness, and compassion that every mindfulness teacher should have. I enjoyed Erin’s MBSR program very much and it was overall a very enriching experience for me. If you’re considering mindfulness training for yourself, I encourage you to connect with Erin.” – Ameesh Randeri, Vendor Manager, Project & Program Manager