MBSR discussed in US Congress

I’ve written before about meditation; so far the most powerfully healing, non-ideological meditation practice I’ve come across is that espoused by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and taught all over the world in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses based on his research and practice.
When I say meditation is a healing practice, I am not talking about obscure paranormal or placebo effects. Two decades of published research have shown that the MBSR programme has been highly effective alleviating the symptoms of serious common health issues including anxiety; panic disorder; recurrent depression; cancer; psoriasis; heart disease; irritable bowel syndrome; chronic pain syndrome; chronic fatigue syndrome; fibromyalgia; HIV/AIDS; infertility and work or family stress.
Meditation and mindfulness are far from the mainstream, but I get that aha!! feeling when – every now and then – it starts reaching those in positions of power. This little snippet is a bit painful to watch, showing quite how far politicians are from really embracing transformative personal change from within. But it’s a little step. May it be one of many.


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I live in South Africa with my husband and two small children, doing things, thinking about things and sometimes writing about them.
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2 Responses to MBSR discussed in US Congress

  1. Thanks for sharing this powerful video…amazing. It’s a start indeed.

  2. Thank you Lisa,

    It’s wonderful to know of this exchange. Indeed another sign of mainstream recognition of MBSR and mindfulness interventions.

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