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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the VA

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. A large, randomized trial comparing MBSR with a chronic illness education intervention is presently underway.

Kindness Meditation at the VA

Kindness meditation is a practice designed to enhance feelings of kindness, goodwill and compassion for self and others. The kindness meditation intervention provided by Carolyn in a large, randomized trial has been completed. Data collection and analysis is now in process. The VA Puget Sound offers additional courses in Kindness Meditation to clinical populations. Carolyn’s role at the VA Puget Sound is limited to research projects only, however clinical classes are available with other instructors.

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.