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 
Sunset behind trees
Photo by 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.

I am not I


I am not I,

        I am this one 


walking beside me whom I do not see, 


whom at times I manage to visit, 


and whom at other times I forget, 


who remains calm and silent while I talk, 


and forgives gently, when I hate, 


who walks where I am not, 


who will remain standing when I die..


Juan Ramón Jiménez   


from Lorca and Jiménez, Selected Poems. Trans. Robert Bly, Boston: Beacon Hill Press, 1973


My ears have found the sermon dull and stale;

But in the woods outside-- the nightingale!

                    Masoaka Shiki (1866-1902)

Upcoming Events


Free Introductory Talk

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
7:30-9:00 pm

Temple Sinai
208 Summit Ave
Summit NJ 07901


Eight-week program begins Jan. 25, 2012

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 


(Please note that MBSR is an educational course and not psychotherapy. If you suspect that you have medical or psychological issues, please pursue appropriate treatment.) 

Worthy of Note


Jon Kabat-Zinn, keynote speaker
at Creating a Mindful Society
A Landmark Gathering of the Mindfulness Community
September 30 - October 1, 2011
New York Society for Ethical Culture, NY


A Psychologist's Journey:
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Diane Handlin, Ph.D.
Somerset Psychological Association,
December 2012


Jon Kabat-Zinn
Google Tech Talk,
on YouTube, March 8, 2007


Dear Reader,


Sitting meditation

I am writing on a beautiful day after a summer of extreme weather punctuated by Hurricane Irene, a reminder of our humble place in the

MBSR student in

Diane Handlin's class

grand scheme of things. I am dedicating this issue of The Living Moment newsletter to those who have suffered because of the recent storm.   

Because a number of people interested in MBSR have made inquiries about work being done related to physical pain, I am including an excellent article that describes some of the current thinking on pain relief which includes the work done with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at UMass Medical School's Stress Reduction Clinic.

Scientific observation and human introspection have been more closely integrated and become a beneficial partnership thanks to the development of brain imaging technology.  For example, Rick Heller recently reported on new developments in neuroscience that validate the way mindfulness practice can help alleviate pain (Buddhadharma, Fall 2010, pp. 34-91). He reviews pain theory from Descartes through the present, including Ronald Melzack, Kenneth Casey and Patrick Wall's development of gate control theory which describes how pain symptoms are intensified by the type of attention given to them. If you want to read the entire Heller article, please click here.

Also significant, Naomi Eisenbeger, among others, has discovered that the prefrontal regions of the brain (the parts associated with conscious thought) regulate the emotional areas. If the prefrontal areas determine that what is going on is acceptable, they seem to inhibit the neural alarm system in the area of the cingulate in the brain. This has led to research that determined that when pain sensations are experienced without fear, suffering is lessened.

In a similar vein, Ronald Siegel, a long-time practitioner and teacher of mindfulness meditation, as well as a person who has suffered from extreme back pain, in his book, Back Sense, discusses how pain can be amplified through a feedback loop. Fear sends signals to our muscles and they become tense. If the muscles remain tense for a long time, they begin to hurt. The hurt can lead to more fear which in turn tenses the muscles even more.

Jon Kabat-Zinn's program of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (which has been in existence at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School since 1979) was originally designed as an educational course to help people suffering from intractable physical pain, but was expanded over the years to address the larger issue of how human beings can respond to a variety of other stressors and their physiological consequences. Kabat-Zinn's work draws on Budddha's insight from 2600 years ago that human suffering is composed of two darts or arrows.
Diane Handlin
Diane Handlin, Ph.D.

Founder and

Executive Director

The first of these darts is the painful event(which inevitably occurs in life). The second dart, however, is what our minds do with the first event and is comprised of the stories we tell ourselves about the meaning of the event in relation to our identity, e.g., "I am a cancer patient, a person who has suffered loss, a back injury victim." This kind of automatic contraction triggers a myriad of destructive biochemical reactions.

Wishing you a restorative transition from the tumultuous summer to the beginning of a new and potentially restorative and vivifying fall.
                    Diane Handlin, Ph.D.
                     Licensed Psychologist

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 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

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Although Dr. Handlin is a licensed psychologist and has a separate psychology practice, please note that this is an educational course and not psychotherapy. In addition, information contained in this document is informational and not to be construed as medical advice. If you suspect you have medical issues, please pursue appropriate treatment. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a separate educational course for those interested in developing mind-body connections. MBSR is a non-psychological service offered apart from Dr. Handlin's psychology practice and is not meant to substitute for personal or professional psychological advice which must be received from a licensed mental health professional.

NJ Lic. #3306, NY Lic. #015840

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Center of New Jersey™

328 Amboy Ave, Metuchen NJ 08840

Tel:  732-549-9100,  www.mindfulnessnj.com