Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health

Monthly Reflection

Work when there is work to do.  Rest when you are tired.  One thing done in peace will most likely be better than ten things done in panic.....I am not a hero if I deny rest;  I am only tired.  
                --Susan McHenry

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life. The MBSR course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long class on a Saturday. This highly participatory, practical course includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Daily home assignments
  • Four home practice CDs and a home practice manual

If you're living with chronic pain, we have mindfulness classes designed for you.  Please see the Mindfulness and Positive Psychology Skills (MAPPS) series

Read research on how mindfulness training can change brain function.

Required orientation session:
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm

*If you are interested in learning more about the MBSR series, you may attend the orientation session for free before joining.  Click here to register (under WORKSHOPS tab).*

  • May 6, 2014--June 24, 2014 (Tuesdays from 5:30—8:00pm)
  • All day silent retreat on Saturday, June 14 (9:00am-4:30pm)



Click here to sign up online for the entire course (under the SERIES tab).  If you'd like to only register for the orientation session or the all-day silent retreat, click on the RETREATS tab.


Karen Pilkerton, RN
Elmo Shade, M.Ed. C.P.L.P.

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