MBSR Center of NJ
My life is not this steeply sloping hour in which you see me hurrying."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

An Invitation to Learn
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Scenic view
Photo: Barbara Carr

Learn to live with greater vitality, health and well-being at an eight-session Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. Presented by the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Center of New Jersey™ and hosted by Temple Sinai, Summit NJ, the program offers powerful methods for reducing stress in your everyday life.

"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!
  I say let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen....In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksand's and the thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds. Simplify, Simplify.."

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

       barn's burnt down
         now I can see
              the moon


Upcoming events

Free Introductory Talk
Wed. November 10
7:30-9:00 pm

Temple Sinai
208 Summit Ave
Summit NJ 07901

Eight-week Summit program
begins Wednesday January 26, 2011

Metuchen/Edison course begins June 2011

For more information or to reserve a place for talk or course, please contact Dr. Diane Handlin at 732-549-9100 or diane@drdianehandlin.com.

For more information go to www.mindfulnessnj.com

About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness is the universal capacity to pay attention non-judgmentally in the present moment. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) offers tools that can enable you to access your own inner resources and healing potential. It is modeled on the Stress Reduction Clinic program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical School. More than 18,000 participants referred by over 4,000 physicians have participated in this highly researched program since its inception in 1979.

For more details about the Summit and other NJ courses, click here.

Worthy of note
Free talk
"How to Live Sanely
in an Insane World"
Leonia Public Library
227 Fort Lee Rd
Leonia, NJ 07605
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:15-9:00
Look for
Dr. Diane Handlin's article: "Happiness: Art or Skill" in an upcoming issue of New Jersey Health and Life magazine

Jon Kabat-Zinn
Google Tech Talk
March 8, 2007

Free talk
"Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction"
Warren Township Free Library
42 Mountain Blvd
Warren, NJ 07059
Saturday, April 30, 2011, 2:00-3:30 pm
The Living Moment

There is a stillness at dawn
asking for me

I hear
the note not played

I see
The line not written

I understand
the word not spoken

I am in stillness

I am
the Living Moment

Cliff Woodward
(with Stephen Damon)

   As we approach the time of year when we in New Jersey will witness the vibrant beauty of autumn, after the unrelenting heat of this past summer, and before the winter solstice--the time for many manifestations of life on earth to rest or draw inside, many of us may be taking stock, and even making resolutions. Into this moment when we might be inspired to catch our breath, and take a pause, a fine article on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction comes out of a place I might have thought unlikely: Oprah Magazine.  In its September 2010 issue, there is a solid article called, "Learning to Exhale," written by a freelance writer named Catherine Price.

    Having just received the gift of teaching Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to an intelligent, vibrant and highly motivated group of participants this past summer, I'd been feeling protective of this wonderful program and definitely not eager to see some enthusiastic, but watered down version of what this challenging and rewarding MBSR program offers. So, not prepared to be undiscriminating or uncritical, I was pleasantly surprised by this article. Here's a sample:
Lately, it's felt like my life is on warp speed.  Weekends blur into months; months blur into seasons. I eat fast, I talk fast, I walk fast-I swear I even sleep fast.  And I find it almost impossible to sit still....I may get a lot done, but smell the roses? I'm not even getting a passing whiff.

    Catherine Price addresses, as does Jon Kabat-Zinn, the universal challenge of how to live our best lives (as did Thoreau in 1854 in the quote above).  She lets us experience the journey with her, and doesn't in any way cheapen or minimize its rigor or its rewards.

    To read the entire article, please click here. To read the part about how meditation can help with depression, weight loss or your marriage, click here.

    More and more scientists are investigating how the brain works. Price cites researcher Norman Farb who studies meditation and experimental psychology at the University of Toronto, and who points out that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction can actually change the way we use our brains.  Jon Kabat-Zinn likes to remind us that because we are human beings, pain will be inevitable, but suffering is often a result of the stories we tell ourselves about the meaning of our disappointments and our pain. Norman Farb indicates that the type of narrative processing that we do in ascribing meaning to events typically takes place in the medial prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain behind the center of our forehead that coordinates complex behaviors and thoughts. Sometimes, due to faulty education and our automatic reactivity, the activity that takes place in this area of the brain results in emotional suffering.

     Norman Farb discovered, however, that people who complete the MBSR training are actually able to activate an entirely different part of their brains--the insula. As Catherine Price points out, the insula is located deep inside your gray matter and informs you of what's happening in the present moment without connecting the experience to specific emotions related to the stories we tell ourselves about the meaning of an event, its causes and possible consequences. For example, Price uses the example of when we're caught in a traffic jam, we might begin to tell ourselves that a clogged highway = extra minutes stuck in the car = misery. When you've learned to use your brain in a different way, a traffic jam can potentially be just a traffic jam. MBSR teaches the skills to create the pause necessary to make it possible to evaluate and then reroute information so that it is possible to respond to an event without being caught in conditioned, automatic thinking and reactivity.

   When Catherine Price decided to see if she could change her way of living, she went directly to the source...Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he originated MBSR in 1979, which is now the oldest and most scientifically validated mediation-based clinical program in the world.  An intelligent and critical student, she describes what she learned from his program and how she benefited from it. (See above.)

          Diane Handlin, Ph.D
         Licensed psychologist

Diane Handlin
Diane Handlin, Ph.D.
Licensed psychologist
Founder and Executive Director
Jim Handlin
Jim Handlin, Ed.D.
Educational Consultant

"As to the value of the course, I would note that the group workshop designed to work through Jon Kabat-Zinn's curriculum is very effective.  The workshop / course added a great deal of depth and opened my mind to a different way of looking at things and fostered exploration.  When mindfullly present, time seems to expand for me.  I relax, freed from thinking about the next place I have to be or the next thing I have to do ... I have discovered that if I hold off, I usually do not act along the lines of my first reaction.  I've realized that I almost always have time not to act immediately.  I've also rediscovered my happy me, what I remember from soooo long ago ..., and that is really wonderful."  - Jane Dobson, Corporate attorney

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For more information about our courses please go to

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Center of New Jersey™
328 Amboy Ave, Metuchen NJ 08840
Tel:  732-549-9100,  www.mindfulnessnj.com