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The healing power of therapy. By Ann-Marie Rundle from Acon.
Healing is a coming to terms with thing s as
they are, rather than strug gling to force them to
be as they once were, or as we would like them to
be, to feel secure or to have what we sometimes
think of as our own way. Extending the reach of
our own heart lets us live in the world in ways
that embody greater wisdom and compassion,
loving kindness and equanimity, and ultimately,
the joy inherent in being alive.
This is a quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the Pro -
fessor of Medicine Emeritus and founding dire c-
tor of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Cent-
er for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care,
and Society at the University of Massachusetts
ACON’s Exploring Mindfulness therapy
group teaches the Mindfulness Based Stress Re-
duction (MBSR) program de veloped by Prof.
Kabat-Zinn. It’s an eight week, evidence-based
experiential course which will eng ag e you physi-
cally, emotionally and intellectually. It has be en
widely researched over the past 25 years and is at
the cutting edge of integrative and preventative
Two decades of published research indicates
that the majority of people who complete the
• Lasting decreases in physical and
psychological symptoms of stress
• An increased ability to relax
• Greater energ y and enthusiasm for life
• Improved self-este em
• An ability to cope more effectively with both
short and long -term stressful situations.
Who is it for?
Mindfulness training is useful for a broad
rang e of people with diverse backgrounds, ages,
interests and le vels of well-being . Many enrol be-
cause, although they are fe eling well physically,
they say the pace of their lives is “out of control”
or they’re “just not feeling quite right” and want
more ease and peace.
What does the course involve?
Over the course of eight weekly 2.5 hour
classes, with individual fe edback and support,
you will be offered a systematic training in mind-
fulness - learning how to cultivate an obser vant,
accepting and compassionate stance towards
your thoughts, emotional states, body sensations
and impulses. Spe cific information about stress
physiolog y, cognitive behavioural strategies, in-
terpersonal communication and implementing
self-care will be given. A one day practice inten-
sive follows on from this.
How does it work?
You will be learning a number of key skills
that allow you to become aware of your experi-
ence in the moment and to cultivate deep states
of relaxation and well-being . You will be learn-
ing how to bring a moment-to-moment aware-
ness to your experience, and then apply this
awareness so you can respond - rather than react
in habitual ways - to e ver yday life situations.
The importance of practice
The skills and knowledge you will be de velop -
ing can only be learned through direct experi-
ence over time. Your willing ness to eng ag e in the
practice is central to experiencing the sense of
peace and resilience that the program can offer.
Intake for the next Exploring Mindfulness
group opens on 19 September 2011.
For more information please visit acon.org.au, or
phone us on 9206 2000. Ann-Maree Rundle is Team
Leader, ACON After Hours Counselling.
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