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Welcome to Module 2 of our course, focusing on Attention and the Brain and specifically introduces Sitting Meditation.
Through the work of researchers, significant discoveries have been made regarding the brain mechanisms that underlie our ability to focus our attention rapidly. For example, studies have shown that when we concentrate on a task, such as reading or listening, the electrical activity in the neocortex of the brain changes. This causes neurons to fire out of sync, resulting in an “out of sync” firing pattern that is believed to be essential for attention. This pattern allows individual neurons to respond more selectively to stimuli, helping us filter out distractions and focus on what is necessary.
Understanding these findings is crucial to comprehending attention and its effects on the brain. As we delve into sitting meditation, we will explore these concepts further and learn how to harness this natural and adaptive response to better focus our minds.
The range of what we think and do
It is limited by what we fail to notice
And because we fail to notice
There is little we can do
Until we notice
How failing to notice
Shapes our thoughts and deeds.
– R.D. Laing –
What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
✤ “Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment.” Quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
✤ Most of us experience being fully alive in the present moment unexpectedly, such as while walking on a mountain trail or being deeply immersed in work or play. However, it often eludes us, particularly during challenging times or when we face external pressures.
✤ “Mindfulness” is a term used in many contexts today, and various interpretations exist. My preferred definition is: “Paying attention to present moment experience with open curiosity and a willingness to be with what is.” Quote by Diana Winston of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.
✤ Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) combines meditation, body awareness, and yoga, allowing you to learn and practice ways to resolve stress neurologically.
What will it mean to you to participate in the MBSR course?
✤ By enrolling in the MBSR course, you can develop skills that will increase your ability to:
- Cope with stress, pain, and everyday challenges.
- Manage disturbing events with grace and composure.
- Be fully present and alive in the moment.
✤ While MBSR is not a cure for severe medical conditions and is not intended to replace medical treatment, research indicates that mindfulness training can have a significant therapeutic effect on people experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes, and other ailments. In addition, participants typically report feeling more energetic and connected to themselves and others.
You can purchase & access MBSR Module 2: Attention to the Brain for only R500
✤ This course is designed to provide you with lifelong skills that can benefit you in all areas of your life. We have made every effort to ensure the experience is engaging and practical, allowing you to apply the principles to improve yourself.
Ongoing Support from Shery Clein, Personal Coach
✤ During Module 2: Attention and the Brain, you will have access to videos, readings, and practices that will help you develop a solid foundation of knowledge and experience.
✤ The benefit of using Shery Clein Personal Coach is that we offer ongoing support to help you. You can contact us via email or WhatsApp, and we will respond within 48 hours.
Acknowledgement of Completion
MBSR Course Fully Certified
✤ This online MBSR course has been fully certified by instructor Jon Kabat-Zinn, ensuring the quality and authenticity of the teachings.
Contributions from World-Renowned Teachers
✤ This course is made possible by the contributions of many world-renowned teachers whose videos and writings are acknowledged and included in the material.
✤ We are grateful to these teachers for their support and explicit written approval of how we have used their materials, including:
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
- Thich Nhat Hahn
- Tara Brach
- Shauna Shapiro
- Kristin Neff
- Vidyamala Burch
- Lynn Rossy
- James Baraz
- Ann Weiser Cornell
- Daron Larson
- University of Massachusetts Medical School
Find Out More
✤ If you’re interested in learning more about Mindfulness, you can watch the 10-minute video “Mindfulness: Being Fully Awake in Our Own Lives” from the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
✤ Narrated by Saki Santorelli, the current director at UMass, the video provides an excellent introduction to the concept of Mindfulness as it relates to this course.
This 7-minute video, narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others involved in founding MBSR, provides some interesting background about the MBSR course.
This 3-min video is a very brief overview of 30 years of research about the effects of MBSR.
Suppose you want to know even more. Here is an information-packed video of Jon Kabat-Zinn explaining Mindfulness; he goes into much more detail than the short videos above.
Congratulations on your purchase! We appreciate your business and are confident you will experience a meaningful transformation through Mindfulness. Once you receive confirmation, please click “Continue” to start Module 2: Attention and the Brain. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us for support. We are here to guide you every step of the way. We wish you blessings and good health. Stay safe!