Mindfullness Based Stress Reduction "is a conscious discipline revolving around a particular way of paying attention in one's life. It can be most simply described as the intentional cultivation of nonjudgmental moment-to moment awareness" - Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Whether you find yourself struggling with the inevitable stresses of life, or you are thinking about making a resolution to incorporate wellness into your life, or you are merely curious about meditation, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) for Health Care Providers is available.
In January 2013 and 2014 Dr. Jo Shapiro (Director of the BWH Center for Professionalism and Peer Support) and Pamela Seigle (Executive Director of Courage & Renewal Northeast) facilitated a program for BWH staff entitled "Finding Balance: Mindfulness and Reflection in Work and Life." This program was jointly sponsored by the Center for Professionalism and Peer Support and the BWH Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.
Dr. Morana Lasic, attending in Anesthesia, is trained as a MBSR instructor. She lead a course at BWH that is an adaptation of the MBSR program taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, established by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. The Center for Mindfulness is an internationally acclaimed institute and is part of the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the UMass Medical School.
In June of 2008 leaders and thinkers in medicine, interested in learning how to promote a culture of trust within their own work community, gathered. This opportunity came about through an amazing group called Courage & Renewal Northeast (CRNE) at Wellesley College. CRNE is an affiliate of the national Center for Courage & Renewal, and its work is based on the writings and activism of educator and thought leader Parker J. Palmer.
Effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the individual, and so the group explored how one's selfhood affects the way we relate to colleagues, our work, our organization, and our world.
Two wonderful and talented people, Pamela Seigle and Penny Williamson, who are both experienced Courage & Renewal Facilitators, facilitated this retreat. Both Diana Chapman Walsh, president emerita of Wellesley College, and Dr. Shapiro were intimately involved in the planning and the experience itself. Thanks to a grant from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, this was completely free of any cost.
Let us know of your interest in attending potential future retreats at BWHCPPS@partners.org
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