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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the VA

Carolyn is a course instructor for ongoing research examining the effects of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Kindness Meditation training in veterans suffering a wide range of health concerns.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the VA

va-bldgMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a course to help people learn the practice of mindfulness. It was developed by Jon Kabat Zinn and described in his book, Full Catastrophe Living. The group meets once a week for 2.5 hours for eight consecutive weeks. Mindfulness meditation and the application of mindfulness to daily life are the core program components. In addition, participants are introduced to gentle yoga, how to change unwanted thinking habits and to develop compassion for oneself and others. To assist the learning process, participants receive guided meditation resources and hand-outs with specific home program recommendations. MBSR has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and symptoms of PTSD in veterans.

Kindness Meditation at the VA

Kindness meditation is a practice designed to enhance feelings of kindness, goodwill and compassion for self and others. This meditation practice involves the repetition of phrases of positive intention for self and others. Participants receive guided meditation resources and hand-outs with specific home program recommendations to support their learning process. A 12-week course in loving kindness meditation has been shown to increase self-compassion and mindfulness and reduce PTSD symptoms and depression in veterans.

For more information: If you are interested in learning more about the MBSR and/or Kindness Meditation programs at the Puget Sound VA, please contact Meghan Storms, MSW, Research Specialist: (206) 277-1721.