It’s Winter….time for MBSR!

WinterTrees

Yikes, it’s 61ºF in my house….quick….build a fire!  Double up the sweaters!  Cancel everything!!  Many of us feel an increase in stress with the chill and confinement of winter.  But consider another option:  Winter is a great time to hunker down and learn mindfulness skills that can serve you all year long!  After three decades of research Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction has gained recognition as a primary evidence-based approach to reducing stress and increasing functioning. If you have been interested in addressing the stress in your life in new ways, MBSR may be for you!  The course is based on the 8 week curriculum developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, and taught since 1979 at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine Health Care and Society at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Classes will meet Monday (days and evenings)  February 22-April 7 2016, at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji, MN.  Explore this site to learn more.  Subscribe in the lower right hand corner of the page to get updates on upcoming classes.

Winter Sitting

With gardens tucked in and covered with snow, we are finally free for the quiet pursuits of winter. Come to a mindfulness meditation sitting group at First Lutheran Church Chapel.
Anyone interested in meditation is welcome. 5:30-5:40 gathering, 5:40-6:10 meditation, 6:10-6-30 discussion. If you are new to meditation practice come a few minutes early for an introduction.