(+34) 660 44 78 40 Bodhin Philip Woodward, Co Director of Training

We invite the patient to participate in their own movement toward greater levels of health and wellbeing

We invite the patient to participate in their own movement toward greater levels of health and wellbeing

MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions modeled on it are intrinsically a participatory engagement. . . we invite the patient to participate in his or her own movement toward greater levels of health and wellbeing, starting from the actuality of the present circumstance, whatever it might be. It is invitational, and depends on the patient’s willingness to tap into those profound innate resources we all have by virtue of being human, the capacities for learning, growing, healing, and transformation inherent in the systematic cultivation of awareness itself and its sequelae. We think of this as participatory medicine at its best: the healthcare team brings its resources to the table, and the patient/participant brings his or hers as well. We pour energy, in the form of attention, into what is ‘right with us’ in the present moment (which requires recognition that there may indeed be something ‘right’ with us) and let the rest of the hospital and the healthcare team take care of what is ‘wrong.’ It is a worthy division of labour, and a good place to start the process of reclaiming the full dimensionality of one’s being and embodying it in everyday life, whatever else one might have to come to terms with, all of which is an intimate part of ‘the curriculum’ of the practice in any event.

 

Kabat-Zinn 2011

Mindfulness Teacher Training

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