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What is Mindfulness?
This 3 minute video is a great place to start . . .

It means paying attention, on purpose, to what is happening now, without judgment and open-heartedly.

It means being with what IS, not what should be, could be, ought to be, used to be or hope to be.

When practicing mindfulness, one can be aware of the present moment, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is -  not rejecting it or clinging to it.   

Through mindfulness practice, one can develop the ability to live or “be” in the present moment, rather than be caught in the past or project into the future.  As we learn to approach life with less judgment, its is possible to access an open-hearted stance toward experience.  The practice can lead toward the cutlivation of compassion for ourselves and others.

What happens at the MAP Center?

A stress reduction program is taught which consists of eight weekly two and half to 3 hour classes and an all-day retreat, on the weekend, between classes six and seven.  The course is offered in the spring, fall and winter for adults. 

There are free monthly drop-in mindfulness meditation practice opportunies.  Everyone is welcome to attend these 90 minute invitations to stop, settle the body and cultivate present moment awareness.  Its a great opportunity to build a community of mindfulness practice. 

How can I develop Mindfulness?

Mindfulness can be developed by learning simple practices, such as awareness of the breath, yoga, silent sitting and walking practice, also called sitting and walking meditation. Through these practices, our natural capacities for relaxation, awareness and insight are cultivated.

Participation  in the eight week mindfulness-based stress reduction ( MBSR) program includes making a commitment to yourself to spend 45 to 60 minutes a day practicing mindfulness. A variety of practices are introduced, explained and practiced in class.  Regular home practice is supported by  a workbook and CDs, which guide participants in body scans, yoga, and sitting meditation.

Like everything of value in one’s life, there is a price to pay in order to realize the benefits of mindfulness.  That price is the earnest commitment to regular practice while enrolled in the 8-week course.  Though it is challenging to carve out the time to practice, the only way to experience mindfulness is to do it.  Just as reading or talking about swimming, breathing or eating is not the same as doing it. 

What is Mindful Awareness Practice (also called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction-MBSR)?

It is an educational approach which teaches people to take better care of themselves, to better understand and know themselves, and, ultimately, to live with greater adaptability and happiness. By recognizing habits and patterns of the mind and body, students report being better able to respond to life's inevitable stressors.

These classes are NOT therapy and are not a
substitute for medical care and other forms of supportive therapy.    

It is a program of active learning, which assumes that “there is more right with you than wrong with you”.   

The teaching is based on a well defined curriculum, which has been developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, at the Center for MIndfulness and Medicine  at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA. Over the past 30 years, more than 17,000 people  have learned  how to face stress with balance, ease, and contentment  at the Center for Mindfulness in Worcester.

The key principles embodied in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction:
    •      Making the experience a challenge, NOT a chore.  
    •      Regular, disciplined practice, based on individual motivation - whether one “feels like it or not”
    •      An immediate lifestyle change is required to undertake formal practice of 45 to 60 minutes per day, for
           the duration of the 8-week course.

Why participate in mindful awareness practice classes?

Stress - family, job, school, financial, illness, grief, feeling overwhelmed

Emotional distress - feelings of isolation, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, panic

Medical issues - high blood pressure, insomnia, skin disorders, GI distress, headaches, chronic illness or pain, cancer,  
                          eating issues           
Preventative care - health enhancement, self-care and wellness

People who simply desire more peace of mind and well-being also enroll in mindful awareness practice class.

Why enroll at the Mindful Awareness Practice Center?

Leslie is a full-time, certified  mindfulnes-based stress reduction teacher, trained through the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness (CFM).  Her commitment to this work includes on-going training, yearly silent retreat, conferences and workshops.  Since January 2015, she  has been teaching Mindfulness-based stress reduction at the Center for Mindfulness ( CFM), in addition to courses at Bay Path University, and the MAP Center.

Small classes allow for individual attention.

If you are ready to do something for yourself that can improve your physical, mental and emotional health - for the remainder of your life, these classes could be for you.
If you want support in finding ways to deal with stress more creatively, consider enrolling in an MBSR course.

Mindful Awareness practices are tools and exercises such as meditation and yoga that help to develop a greater mind-body awareness.

What is the cost of the eight week MBSR class?

The tuition for 30 hours of direct instruction over eight weeks, including custom audio recordings, workbook, and individual attention is on a sliding scale:
             $275 income under $15,000
               $375 income $15-30,000

               $475 income $30-60,000
               $575 income over $60,000


Some insurance carriers will reimburse a portion of the tuition.  One student's workman's compensation carrier covered the entire tuition.   Some students utilize their health savings accounts.
Scholarships are available and are arranged individually upon request.
The MAP Center does not directly participate in insurance plans.
The refund policy is 75% after the first class, 50% after the second class and no refund after the third class.

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