My life is not
this steeply sloping hour in which you see me hurrying."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
|An Invitation to Learn|
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Photo by Barbara Carr
Learn to live with greater vitality, health and well-being at an
eight-session Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. Presented by
the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Center of New Jersey, the program
offers powerful methods for reducing stress in your everyday life.
Diane Handlin, Ph.D. is the only instructor in New Jersey and one of the few in the world (not just trained) but actually Certified by Jon Kabat-Zinn's and Saki Santorelli's Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School.
To commit oneself to too many projects,
to want to help everyone in everything
is to succumb to the violence of modern times.
- Thomas Merton
Finest of all the things I have left
is the light of the sun,
Next to that the brilliant stars
And the face of the moon,
Cucumbers in their season, too,
apples and pears.
trans. Bernard Knox Praxilla of Sicyon 5th Century B.C.
Greek Lyric Poet
July 2012 Course in Metuchen / Edison Area
All are Welcome
Temple Emanu-El, 100 James St, Edison NJ
(Winter 2012 / 2013 Course in Summit NJ)
For more information or to reserve a place for course, please contact Dr. Diane Handlin at 732-549-9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information go to
(Please note that MBSR is an educational course
and not psychotherapy. If you suspect that you have medical or
psychological issues, please pursue appropriate treatment.)
|Worthy of Note
10th Annual International Scientific Conference
Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society
with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli
and the top researchers in the field
March 28 - April 1, 2012
at the Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood MA
Videos with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses MBSR and the stress of modern life, YouTube.
Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses the significance of MBSR for leading a healthy life,
Google talk, YouTube, Oct 11, 2007.
Jon Kabat-Zinn discusses the scientific research on MBSR and its relationship to health,
Google talk, YouTube, March 8, 2007.
Jon Kabat-Zinn's new book Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment--and Your Life
New York Times article
"Mindful eating as food for thought
, February 7, 2012.
Dear Reader ,
During the first class in the currently
running MBSR series in Summit NJ, I found myself asking, "How do we
wait?" The word wait came to me because I had just read
an editorial by Tom Friedman in the New York Times that a computer
company was marketing an iPad-like device that would make it unnecessary
to have personal "waiters" or "waitresses" attending to people in
restaurants. Human contact and attention would no longer be
necessary. It's not clear how the food would actually be
delivered. This device would also offer, according to Friedman,
games for people to play in case they were bored with the conversation
at the table. It is projected to be one of the new "hot" items
which will save restaurants a lot of money.
A complementary approach to living a technologically-driven
life has been described by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose MBSR program offers a
well-researched curriculum on how to reclaim being a human "being"
rather than a human "doing." In an article entitled, The Healing
Power of Mindfulness in Shambhala Sun, January 2011, Kabat-Zinn responds to Barry Boyce's question about the benefits of mindfulness --
both the practice and the state of mind -- in the following way:
Jon Kabat-Zinn says, "To be in relationship to what you are going
through, to hold it, and, in some sense, to befriend it -- that is where
the healing or transformative power of the practice of mindfulness
lies. When we can actually be where we are, not trying to find
another state of mind, we discover deep internal resources we can make
use of. Coming to terms with things as they are is my definition
of healing ...."
In the technologically-driven world in which we live
today, there is the tendency to fill up every potential space.
Empirical research reveals that re-learning the skill of how to take
even a momentary pause can have a profoundly positive impact on our
health, well-being and even our longevity. To read the rest of the
article entitled, "The Healing Power of Mindfulnesss," which includes
interviews with Kabat-Zinn, Daniel Siegel and Susan Bauer-Wu, please
Diane Handlin, Ph.D.
A Sampling of Current Research
on the benefits of mindfulness for body and Mind
(For more empirical research, please visit our website:
Ninety chronic pain patients following the Mindfulness-Based
Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical
School reported less present-moment pain, less difficulty with physical
activity, and fewer medical symptoms than those following traditional
recent Swedish study found that the practice of Mindfulness-Based
Cognitive Therapy caused a 42% reduction in the primary symptoms of
irritable bowel syndrome. Binge eaters who took part in mindful
eating programs at Duke University and Indiana State University reduced
the frequency of their binging by approximately 75%. They also reduced
their levels of insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.
from the University of Manchester and the University of Montreal found
compelling evidence that people who meditate have a higher pain
threshold in comparison to people who don't meditate.
the University of Washington, patients in recovery for substance abuse
took part in a Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention program. Two months
later, they reported 50% lower substance abuse levels and significantly
less craving than the group in regular treatment.
- A study
from the Cleveland Clinic reported that mindfulness practice decreased
negative emotions and increased well-being in people with risk-factors
for coronary artery disease.
meditation helped people with multiple sclerosis cope with
the depression, fatigue, and anxiety associated with the disease,
reports a Swiss study in the September 2010 issue of Neurology.
with clinically depressed patients in remission, a study at Oxford
University found that only 36% of patients in Mindfulness-Based
Cognitive Therapy eventually relapsed, compared 62% of patients in
traditional cognitive therapy.
The Living Moment
There is a stillness at dawn
asking for me
I hear the note not played
I see the line not written
I understand the word not spoken
I am in stillness
I am the Living Moment
(with Stephen Damon)
|Diane Handlin, Ph.D.|
"As to the value of the course, I would note that the group workshop
designed to work through Jon Kabat-Zinn's curriculum is very effective.
The workshop / course added a great deal of depth and opened my mind
to a different way of looking at things and fostered exploration. When
mindfullly present, time seems to expand for me. I relax, freed from
thinking about the next place I have to be or the next thing I have to
do ... I have discovered that if I hold off, I usually do not act along
the lines of my first reaction. I've realized that I almost always have
time not to act immediately. I've also rediscovered my happy me, what I
remember from soooo long ago ..., and that is really
wonderful." - Jane Dobson, Corporate
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Although Dr. Handlin is a licensed psychologist and has a separate psychology practice, please note that this is an educational course
and not psychotherapy. In addition, information contained in this
document is informational and not to be construed as medical advice. If
you suspect you have medical issues, please pursue appropriate
treatment. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a separate educational course
for those interested in developing mind-body connections. MBSR is a
non-psychological service offered apart from Dr. Handlin's psychology
practice and is not meant to substitute for personal or professional
psychological advice which must be received from a licensed mental
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