What Participants Said After Attending the 8-Week MBSR Program:
"I can't think of anyone who will not benefit from learning more about and practicing mindfulness. It is so all-inclusive that whatever your background and life situation, mindfulness opens the door for us to become more compassionate towards ourselves and others, and develop an attitude of gratitude for what we have."
"You come away from the class a new, happier being each week; you realize you have a support and that it's natural and right to do this; you make changes without even realizing, and when you realize, it's magical."
"In a society that gets caught up with being on the move constantly and doing more and more, it is easy to lose that connection with yourself and get sucked into the frenetic pace. Sometimes when you experience strong emotions or disturbing thoughts, you may be unable to dissociate yourself from them and get consumed. Through mindfulness, you learn that your thoughts and emotions are NOT you – they are only a PART of you. You can choose to respond on your own terms, instead of reacting automatically (and potentially regretting later). Mindfulness is not a magic wand that once waved eliminates all your stress and unhappiness, but it does provide techniques to deal with stressful states of being, and a different perspective to consider that will allow you to be more kind and accepting towards yourself and others. Life is too short to be rushed through unconsciously; when you are mindful, you’re able to savour the experience."
"Two words: 'Just Notice' - sometimes we engage too much in our thoughts and perceptions of things and don't realize that we can just be with our thoughts without judgment and without having to do anything or react. Mindfulness is something I truly believe in even if it is a challenge."
"Stress is endemic in today's day and age. Change is the only constant. We are surrounded by negativity in the media, news, etc. But we know that worrying is counter productive. Mindfulness helps us break out of this cycle and come back to the present because 'happiness is in the here and now'."
"Mindfulness really does help us to appreciate the moments in life better and enrich our daily lives."
"Mindfulness makes you into a more well-rounded person. It helps you see the world in a clear light; it lets you hear yourself better without all the negative chatter in your mind."
"Mindfulness is a good way of bringing more awareness of what one is doing into daily life. It does not have to be one big action but simple ways of living such as eating, walking, etc."
"Helps greatly with dealing with stress and awkward situations. Enables the distancing of thoughts and emotions. Gives one a sense of perspective."
"In discovering your body and your feelings, you can find the way to a more happy and stressless life."
"Mindfulness has helped me become a lot more aware of my thoughts and emotions, and the management of anxiety and depression. Thank you for encouraging me to sign up for MBSR, Erin!"
"It is a beneficial lifelong learning which helps you to cope with what you are going through in your mind, thoughts and actions. It helps you to cope better with stress, anxiety, negativity, and empowers you with a sense of hope that things will get better as mindfulness is a skill that anyone can practice and use."
"This program has benefited me to be more mindful of myself, people around me, and the environment - instead of the normal hectic schedules of getting things done with the 'mind full'."
"Mindfulness has been very helpful in aiding self-regulation."
"I was very skeptical about the course initially, but this course has definitely surprised me with the positive benefits I have received. I have definitely been more able to manage my anxiety, emotions, and responses in differing situations, which therefore helped me achieve happier times. :) Thank you!"
"Being more self-aware is key. The course makes you look at things differently - more curious, more observant."
"It is a practice that promotes loving kindness, especially to yourself - because you deserve it!"
"Mindfulness is the best gift one can give to ourselves. After practicing mindfulness, I feel more focused and alert. I am able to manage stressful situations better since staying in the moment helps you not to think about the next steps and relieve from stress. Invest in yourself. Learn mindfulness!"
"Practising mindfulness has really made a difference in my quality of life, as well as that of the people I interact with on a daily basis as I am less angry and stressed!"
"Mindfulness practice serves as a good reminder for ourselves to be aware of how we react and also how others react in a certain manner. If everyone can practice mindfulness, there would be more peace on earth and all humans will be able to live more harmoniously."
"Think about how you walk. How you eat. How you move. All on auto-pilot. But the compexities of the human body, the weight of your arm, the simple pleasure of eating something as seemingly insignificant as a raisin, all merit much more of our focus and attention. And the wonder of everyday life. Hopefully, continued mindfulness practice will help get me here more regularly!"
"Changing the mind can change our lives. With persistent practice, we can do it!"
"A practical tool to better manage your stress level."
"Let go of the past, stop worrying about the future, and just be with the present."
"I'm a calmer person and find simple joy in everyday life."
"Mindfulness really helps if you commit yourself and dedicate the time to do it sincerely! Erin is a great mindfulness teacher and I really appreciate how she is so helpful, responsible, and non-judgmental."
"Learning to take time to give oneself the chance to react in the most appropriate way possible is priceless!"
"Every session was fun and can pick up an insight about everything ranging from self to nature to people."
"The programme is not boring. It greatly benefits me, be it in the career aspects, or my personal life."
"The course has taught me useful techniques for being mindful."
"Mindfulness practices allows you to notice what your mind and body are going through without any judgment - something that most working adults don't take time to experience."
"Just take a moment to appreciate yourself, without judging your thoughts and actions. Take a moment of kindness."
"Get to know yourself better and be able to have self-control."
"The program provided me with key tools for life. It is a first step, and not a destination."
"Mindfulness is not as difficult as you would have thought. With right practice and consistency, it gets easier. And it really helps my stress level as I notice I sleep better and have been less tense."
"Mindfulness is something everyone should try. You'll probably start with a specific goal and find out completely unforeseen benefits."
"It's a practice that has enabled me to get to know myself better."
"Mindfulness is for everybody. Mindfulness is about being more human. Mindfulness helps you to appreciate life better."
"Practicing mindfulness has been helpful for me to manage my anxiety better and allowed me to pay more attention to my feelings or state of mind from time to time."
"If you think you need it, or you doubt it, you noticed it and now you need it!"
"The practices and theory of the MBSR class helped me understand my negative stress habits and the awareness to respond differently!"
"Take the first step - you might receive more than what you expected."
"A mindful moment a day, keeps the negative thoughts away. :)"