This programme is run on a totally secular basis and is intended for anyone wishing to improve their quality of life.
The programme was created in 1979 by Jon Kabat Zinn . It was offered by the Stress Reduction Clinic in the Medical Centre of the University of Massachusetts in the USA with a view to help people under stress, anxiety, pain and chronic diseases.
Jon Kabat Zinn is an Honorary Professorof Medecine of MIT (Masachusetts Institute of Technology). He is also a practitioner of yoga and meditation.
Jon Kabat Zinn says of MBSR : “The programme is designed to reduce suffering and increase well-being. MBSR is the launch pad of a new way of being in relation to things as they are”.
The MBSR programme stems from 2 main steams of influence: traditional meditative traditions of Buddhism (Vipassana) and Western medical science (participative medicine).
It is a preventive and educational approach which seeks to develop our ability to respond more effectively to stress, through intensive Mindfulness Meditation training and its integration into our everyday lives. It is, therefore, experiential, hands-on learning which calls on our own internal resources.
The MBSR programme is recognized by the international medical community.
It has been validated by scientific research and, in France, it is guided by the ADM (Association for the development of Mindfulness), which guarantees the
Transmission of Joh Kabat Zinn’s teaching.