Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Summer Program/ Free To Veterans/ Welcome Homeby Michael Patrick Brewer on May. 08, 2010, under Alternative Care, Health, Uncategorized, Veteran Pals, Veterans Benefits, Veterans Events, Veterans Global
This is good stuff. The Purple Mountain Institute is a non-profit organization established in 1999 to develop and bring programs, like this Mindfulness class, to special needs groups.
The curriculum and offering is from the heart of the Executive Director, Teri Davis, ND.
The Mindful Veterans Project, (MVP) is a PMI program to provide funding for vets and their families to participate in the classes. I was privileged to be able to participate in the last series. Not being one who believes in born again zappings or a make-over metamorphosis of the psyche, this course came close. It is often said, that everything is in the timing, so I may have just been ready for this brand of instruction. Never mind the analysis, it works, and it works like magic.
I suppose the validation and camaraderie that combat veterans experience when they gather contributed to the magical aspect, as we all have our very nuanced war induced stress issues to remove from our saddle. At the end of eight weeks I felt like I could ride with the wind, without a saddle. Moreover, it has remained with me to date.
The course moves one to more concentration, focus, clarity, insight, patience and peace of mind, while reducing anxiety,depression, anger, fear, stress, chronic pain, and those bugger intrusive thoughts and feelings.
“The quality of bringing our attention into the present moment and keeping it and sustaining it in the present moment and not judging anything or fix anything, or force anything, or reject anything, that is what mindfulness is about.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Doug Bremer, MD, director of mental health research for the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, recently completed a study using MBSR for veterans with PTSD. He had favorable results and says, ” we may have the ability to teach our returning soldiers the skill to control their reaction to those painful memories, without the use of medication, and before the stress from the memories causes further damage.”
My only observation here about Dr. Bremer’s statement is this; is not control and letting things flow, antithetical? But then, that is why I took the course, to calm my over active analytical mind! The one that does not trust authority! Oh well, got some stuff to work on this summer.
MBSR Introduction and Information sessions start with a series of orientation classes on Thursdays 6-7:30pm at the Ada Pierce McCormick Building on the U of A campus at 1401 E. First Street (at Highland underpass.) Library of the Little Chapel of All Nations. Orientations are May 13, 20 & 27. June 3rd.
The MBSR 8-week Program begins on Wednesdays 6-8:30pm. June 9,16,23 & 30. July 7,14, 21 &28. Registration is required.
Their is no charge for veterans, families of veterans, (the last class had two mothers of combat vets), and those who work with veterans. Registration fee for others is $250. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
For more information contact Teri Davis, ND^ Executive Director. “firstname.lastname@example.org” 520-624-7183
Purple Mountain Institute is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit serving Pima County since 1999. EID, 31-1733820