Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Carol Jakus Featured

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a scientifically supported program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. to reduce stress and increase well-being. It is thriving worldwide. Attitudes of kindness, acceptance, and patience provide a foundation for the practices of sustained focus, self-regulation, and self-exploration. A greater sense of balance, choice, and freedom is cultivated.

Drop-in Session: Stepping Out of Overthinking and Into Awareness of the Present Moment

Lisa Baldini

Do you find yourself frequently getting lost in your head and overthinking? When lost in our thoughts, we can spiral into patterns of negative thinking, worry, and stress. When entangled in our thoughts, we miss many important parts of our lives as they are unfolding. During this drop-in, we will offer a guided meditation and learn a foundational practice from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) that can help us step out of overthinking and meet life’s difficulties with more ease, flexibility, and self-compassion. We will also discuss ways to weave mindfulness and self-compassion into our daily lives.

Drop-in Session: Widening Your Window of Tolerance – Increasing Your Awareness to Live Mindfully

Photo of facilitator Diane Hetrick

Our actions and behaviors in life are influenced by the state of our nervous system. Learning how to increase our awareness of when and how we get ‘thrown out of our window of tolerance’ either to overwhelm or collapse is a useful skill to live more mindfully. Drawing on the work of Steve Porges and Deb Dana, we will become more familiar with our window of tolerance, learn how to bring ourselves back to safety and stability, and widen our window to be more resilient to life’s challenges.

Preliminary Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Perinatal Mindfulness-Based Well-Being and Parenting Programs for Low-Income New Mothers

This CCFW multidisciplinary collaboration demonstrated the effectiveness of perinatal mindfulness and parenting programs in supporting maternal and infant mental health. We are grateful for the participation of the new mothers who contributed to this project. Lengua, L.J., Thompson, S.F., Calhoun, R. et al. Preliminary Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Perinatal Mindfulness-Based Well-Being and Parenting Programs for Low-Income