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course code: WS594

an alexander teacher's guide to mbct/mbsr

azizë stirling, presenting at the Alexander Technique Congress 2015

with azizë stirling
friday aug 14, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: CG-053, Main Building (ground level)

category:
O other (mindfulness)

An Alexander Teacher's Guide to MBCT/MBSR (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy/Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

Not all of you may know about the modern mindfulness movement. What grew to become 'Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction', was started in the 80's by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a practicing Buddhist, working in a Massachusetts hospital with people in chronic pain. About 20 years later, Mark Williams et al, started the Centre for Mindfulness at Bangor University, and later established Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy at the Mindfulness Centre at Oxford University. To quote one of the many articles which appear on an almost daily basis in the British Press. "... it has been several years since mindfulness has come down to earth, transformed into a fully evidence based approach, adapted to clinical settings and married to neuroscience. Its effectiveness in working with stress, chronic pain and depression has been demonstrated, as well as a host of psychological benefits.' The Oxford Mindfulness Centre describes itself as 'preventing depression and enhancing human potential by combining modern science with ancient wisdom.'

This has now become a huge worldwide movement with an growing number of different applications, in almost every field of human endeavour. It has gone mainstream in ways the Alexander Technique could only dream of. It has made its way into Government, Business, Schools, prisons, the NHS, the Armed Services, NGO's, and even the House of Commons.

This looks like a sea change in our culture, one, which we would all do well to take on board, one that the Technique could valuably contribute to. I think Mindfulness training can give us a greater appreciation of our own training, how to enhance it, how to improve the teaching of it, and seeing larger possibilities for it.

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