Thank you for visiting this website and for your interest in Mindfulness and Meditation.
We have two names Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction of San Antonio (MBSR-SA)
and VitaLife Insight. The first name tells what we do and where we are located. The second name tells shares the fact that this training can help you in creating your own vital life...through meditation, insight, self-awareness, and moment-by-moment consciousness.
VitaLife Insight offers one of the few Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in South Texas.
Please peruse my website and discover trainings in mindfulness based-stress reduction (MBSR), as well as other programs, classes and retreats, offered primarily in and around San Antonio, TX. Other information is also available, such as defining and refining what mindfulness is and isn't, what others have said about the training, and information on recent uses of mindfulness training within everyday life and in different circumstances.
NAVIGATING: Please navigate through these pages by clicking on the page you are interested in, listed across the top
(home page, class description, a day of mindfulness, mindfulness research, and about us).
There is a lemur on one of these pages...he changes, see if you can find him and read his message!
“The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn
Originator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
On this page you will find:
- What others have said about our MBSR Classes
- A List of What Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Can Do For You
- A Listing of The NEXT MBSR Class Offering
- A Brief Description of Mindfulness and Mindful Meditation
- A Brief Description of What We Offer & How to Contact Us
- A Connection to Our Blog
- A Suggestion for Summer
- A Quote
- NEW Research Results -- check the links!
A short insightful book that will bring you face-to-face with the mystical...
(see MBSR 5-day intensive on this website!!)
Mindfulness on a Dude Ranch
It doesn't get much better than that!
Check out "The Mindfulness Movie"
This movie both includes information of mindfulness and mindfulness research,
including work being done by the military.
The Mindfulness Movie includes worldwide brain research, discusses the benefits of mindfulness, and
the public’s increasing awareness and acceptance of the practice.
Neuroscientists explain how mindfulness changes the brain in positive ways.
Throughout the film, inspiring people discuss how changing the way we 'see' can change our lives.
The Mindfulness Movie shares heartfelt stories of military personnel and teenagers
using mindfulness to overcome stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
What others have said about our MBSR classes:
I have been able to apply your teachings in a variety of paths - mind, body, and spirit. MB
I am a more peaceful self. MJ
This has helped me more than 30 years of counseling, therapy, and medication. MC
The has enabled me to have a whole different level of communication with my son. LR
I have moments of joy that 'just happen'. LE
I notice things that I didn't before...the birds...the sky...and I find myself becoming '
greener' (taking care of the earth). AP
I can be with my child now, without constantly worrying about how much time we have left. LS
I don't have the anger and the rage I had before. I had someone cut me off in traffic the other day and I just shrugged and turned up the radio. THAT's incredible for me!! HP
What Can Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Do For You?
Research reveals those who complete an MBSR Class gain:
- Stress Relief
- Increased Immune Function
- Reduced symptoms of pain, psoriasis, menopause - among others
- Improvements in their ability to deal with the daily stress of life
- Increases in concentration, focus, and memory
- Reductions in symptoms associated with depression and anxiety
- Improvements in mood and self esteem
- Improved emotional regulation
- Increases in their flexibility in the face of change and challenge
- Personal insight and growth
- Increased regional brain gray matter
- Reductions in symptoms associated with PTSD
- Reductions in symptoms associated with psoriasis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and cancer
- Teach you meditation techniques
Individuals who want to deepen their understanding of themselves, learn techniques to cope with stress, and live mindfully will benefit from this training. Living mindfully means connecting intimately with the people, events, and situations in ones’ life in a way that improves quality of life, enhances the ability to deal with stress, and enables a richer, more meaningful life.
Insight and Self-Reflection
The five-day MBSR Intensive is being offered in Spring 2015, see details here.
The next MBSR 8-week class will begin during the September 26, 2014. Classes meet one night a week from 6-830 pm.
An additional one-day silent retreat is included between the 6th and 7th week of class. Please call to reserve space (see number and email under 'cost'.
More information can be seen on the CLASS DESCRIPTION page on this website (to navigate between pages, click the page you'd like to view, listed across the top of each page) .
Cost: $300. Compare prices (Austin-$500, UMASS-$600)
Please contact us at email@example.com or call 210-391-8000 to sign up for the class.
*Reduced cost offered for military, veterans, and full time students.
What is Mindfulness?
To be mindful is to be fully aware in a given place, time, and situation. To be mindful is to focus on the awareness rather than on the thinking, judging, and interpreting that often accompanies awareness. To be mindful is ‘to be fully aware, in that one moment of time’. With this basic definition, it is clear that any activity can be accomplished mindfully. Yet, it is not easy to be mindful.
What is Mindful Meditation?
When learning to be more mindful during everyday activities, it helps to learn in steps. Mindful meditation is a process by which a person learns to apply their attention to a focus of attention, such as the breath, sounds, sights, and movement. From these practiced activities, a person learns to expand awareness and attention to include other activities, such as eating, communicating, and working. During mindfulness training, participants persistently practice the attitudes of non-judging, patience, trust, ‘beginners mind’, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go. Although the terms may sound foreign, basically they signal a new way of seeing and interacting with the world around you…in a manner than reduces stress. Through mindfulness meditation, one can slowly learn to increase concentration, focus, and insight.
Is it all silent and quiet?
No, it is not all silent, although we have periods of time when we are silent, such as the all day silent retreat. The 8 classes are interactive. During class, you will be taught an exercise, we will do the exercise, and then we will talk about it. It is a very practical way to learn to meditate...by meditating, discussing, and asking questions!
Is it all Meditation?
No, we also talk about mindfulness, the concepts behind mindfulness and what this means to our everyday lives. We will explore how the skills we are learning help to empower us and increase our abilities to deal with the ups and downs within our lives. We examine how to fully ‘be in’ our own lives, so we don’t miss moments while our minds drift here and there. We re-discover through this ‘being’ parts of ourselves that may have become lost in the shuffle of life.
What is so great about ‘being in the moment’?
Being in the moment can give you the ability respond to life and those around you in the way YOU want to, rather than reacting without thinking. It can help you feel more alert, alive, and in control. Research has shown mindfulness can help both the body and the mind (see the list above).
What do we offer?
On the next pages (navigating from the top of the page), you will see that we offer 8-week classes periodically, in San Antonio, Texas. We also conduct 1 hr, 3 hr, and 1 and 2-day workshops
We are offering our first 5-day intensive in the November of 2014!
How can you contact us?
Vitalife Insight Contact Information: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 210-391-8000.
Check out our blog: http://vitalifeinsight.over-blog.com
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
– awareness in the present moment –
- insight and self-knowledge -
- yielding a sense of calm and confidence -
When we live life with a lack of awareness, the mind and body go on autopilot. We react to people and situations based on old habits of perceiving, feeling, and behaving. When we live life as a routine, we deal with situations based on past hurts and betrayals. Without thinking, we respond as if those same old experiences were happening again. We go through life thinking about something else instead of living in the present moment. Therefore, life happens to us. We are no longer in charge of what happens. When we begin to practice mindfulness we are constantly re-minding ourselves to see through new eyes.
James Van Praagh
NEW 'IN THE NEWS'
New Research shows that meditation REALLY can change your body on a cellular level!
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Vitalife Insight Contact Information: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call 210-391-8000.
Time Magazine Cover: The Mindful Revolution
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Check out "The Mindfulness Movie"
This movie both includes information of mindfulness and mindfulness research, including work being done by the military.
Is Mindfulness helpful during Addiction Therapy?
Even Police men and women are learning to meditate!
photo from https photos of lemurs, caption from Valerie Rice
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) of San Antonio
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Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Valerie J. Berg Rice