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Mindfulness Course - MBSR

We all long for good health and well-being, but we may get stuck thinking that everything will be better once I have finished this project, once I have been promoted, when I sleep better, when the children grow up. However, we also know that there are no short-cuts.  It is only once you have the ability to take care of yourself, that you will have energy to be there for others and to realise your full potential in your daily life. Also, you will be better equipped for changing circumstances.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

The course is based on MBSR® - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, which has been developed by Jon Kabat Zinn, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

Many of us may experience the following: Not being able to set boundaries, compromising ones core values, acting out ones frustration and anger, wasting energy on the wrong things, or taking on unrealistic amounts of work responsibilities. This is why it can be helpful to do some inner work in order to be able to make conscious and wise decisions.

MBSR is a synthesis of medical science and ancient meditative practices with roots in Buddhism and the Vedic traditions. Taking on the mindfulness course is a commitment – it is not a form of therapy, but it involves an inner exploration and learning. The course consists of 8 weekly meetings and a full day retreat, as well as home exercises up to 45 minutes per day. If you feel that you will not be able to keep committed to the course, it is advisable that you wait for another occasion to participate. Sometimes a sense of stress can even increase initially during the course, since the home exercises take up some time every day. Making new priorities in this manner can be difficult, but is a valuable ability worth practicing. The benefits from the course may include: 

• Increased awareness and focus/concentration
• Ability to better handle difficulty and adversity
• Better self-care
• Increased well-being

Information meetings

Registration will be possible after attending one of the obligatory information meetings.

Time & Date: September 11th and 18th 15.30-17.00

Please send a mail to maria.niemi@ki.se if you would like to attend.

Target group

Employees (including persons with scholarships and doctoral education benefits) at Karolinska Institutet. Maximum number of participants: 15.

Course Dates

October 2 - November 27, 15:00-17:30

Retreat day: November 11, 9:00-16:00

Maria Niemi

Forskarassistent

Course Content

  • Various forms of meditation with focus on breathing, the body, thoughts and feelings

  • Body scan exercises

  • Mindful hatha yoga

  • Informal mindfulness exercises – the integration of mindfulness into everyday life

  • Theoretical sessions on stress reactivity and stress reduction

  • Reflection and exchange of experiences by course participants

  • Recorded material and work-books for home practice

  • A full-day retreat