Mindfulness Center of Northern Michigan

                  THE MINDUFLNESS CENTER OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN

 

The Mindfulness Center of Northern Michigan (MCNM) is a subsidiary of Northern Michigan Psychiatric Services PC. Together they are dedicated to the education and enrichment of mindful living for residents of northern Michigan. It is the mission of MCNM to offer affordable and accessible Mindfulness Classes for Adults and Teens regardless of socioeconomic status including; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Classes, Mindfulness Retreats, Yoga Classes and Meditation Classes. In partnership with the Northern Physician’s Organization NPO, the Mindfulness Center of Northern Michigan is able to offer Financial Scholarships for all classes – so that no one is turned away due to financial hardship!

Mindfulness is a powerful tool, helping one develop a different relationship towards stress and the ability to more skillfully navigate through life’s inevitable challenges. This practice of moment to moment awareness and waking up to one’s life with clarity and deeper insight untaps essential inner resource for living a happier and more balanced life… with greater contentment, inner peace and ease.

This evidenced-based practice, deeply rooted in psychology, science and Eastern practices, has over 40 years of research and neuroscience demonstrating the profound ability to positively impact the health and well-being of body and mind. Over 1000 studies have shown that regular practice and mindful living can enhance attention, focus and memory, decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, decrease self-harming and addictive behaviors, increase emotional stability and balance, improve mood and optimism, improve communication, social and relational skills, decrease the  risk for disease, and reduce symptoms of diseases of both body and mind – enhancing overall immunity.

You will find a plethora of this research at the American Mindfulness Research Association www.goamra.org

What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or MBSR is an 8-week, evidence-based program that offers secular intensive mindfulness training to assist people with a host of stress-related physical, emotional and psychological conditions. Along with ongoing practice throughout the week, this class trains attention and cultivates awareness, providing one with positive coping tools needed to become strong and resilient in both body and mind.

This class is offered Online via Zoom as well as in-person when CDC safety guidelines permit.

MBSR classes includes:

MBSR is a psychoeducational and highly experiential in nature. In addition to didactic teaching, classes are interactive and dynamic, using  a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, yoga and the exploration of patterns of behavior, thinking, feeling and action. The MBSR program helps us become aware of our habitual patterns of reacting and the self-agency to interrupt this cycle and create more choice in our life. MBSR offers us the potential to relate to ourselves, our experiences and the world around us with fresh perspectives and in new and more meaningful ways.

MBSR was founded by Jon Kabat Zinn in 1979 out of the University of Massachusetts. Since then, there has been a tremendous amount of research coming out of Harvard, UCLA, Stanford, UW-Madison and other institutions around the world providing insight into, not only how MBSR positively benefits the body and mind, but also how it changes the structure and function of the brain through positive neuroplasticity.

Viktor Frankl, a Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, explains how mindfulness teaches us to pause and bring moment to moment awareness to our thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations in the face of unpleasant stimuli; permitting us to calmly choose to respond thoughtfully instead of simply reacting habitually to life’s inevitable challenges. Most of us, are unaware of this space “between stimulus and response” because we get caught in our habitual patterns of reacting to life.

“Between stimulus and response there’s a space, in that space lies our power to choose our response, in our response lies our growth and our freedom.”   Victor Frankl

What is …  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens MBSR-T or Stressed Teens?

MBSR-T otherwise known as Stressed Teens is a modified version of the adult Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR class designed specifically for adolescents. This 8-week class is modelled after the class by Jon Kabat-Zinn and was created by Gina Biegel in 2004 to meet the specific developmental and modern-day  stressors of today’s teen. Classes are limited in size and are highly interactive, engaging, educational and experiential. Teens will learn a number of different tools and healthy coping strategies for stress management and emotional regulation. They will be engaged in mindfulness activities, reflections, group discussion and mindfulness practices including mediation, yoga, and other forms of informal practice to integrate into their everyday lives.

This class is offered Online via Zoom as well as in-person when CDC safety guidelines permit.

Classes include:

  • 8 –  Stressed Teens Classes (1 1/2  hours)
  • Stressed Teens Workbook
  • Journal
  • Materials and Supplies for Group Activities
  • Free Online Teen Meditations

About the Instructor:

Wendy Weckstein PT, MEd is the Director of Wellness at Northern Michigan Psychiatric Services, NMPS. She is an Educator, a Physical Therapist, a Certified Wellness Consultant, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through Brown University’s School of Public Health; with a certification in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T), otherwise known as Stressed Teens.

Wendy has a daily practice of meditation and yoga and has been involved in Healthy Living and Wellness Programming personally and professionally for over 20 years and has created numerous programs for Healthy Living within residential and out-patient settings in northern Michigan. In addition to teaching MBSR for adults and teens, Yoga and Meditation Classes for adults and teens, and Healthy Living and Mindfulness Classes for pre-teens, Wendy provides customized wellness programming and health and wellness evaluations for children, adolescents and young adults.

Wendy believes strongly in the power of regular exercise, good nutrition, proper sleep, thoughtful use of technology and mindfulness practice; and regularly speaks to the community and to other clinicians about the importance of integrating healthy living skills and mindfulness practice into one’s life in order to decrease the risk for disease and improve overall health and well-being of body and mind.

 

 

How to Apply for Financial Assistance:

In partnership with the Northern Physician’s Organization NPO, the Mindfulness Center of Northern Michigan is able to offer financial scholarships for all classes on a need-basis – so that no one is ever turned away due to financial hardship! In order to apply for financial assistance, please go to the Registration Form for the class you are interested in on the Class Page. There will be a question asking if you are in need of financial assistance and what is the amount you feel you can contribute.  All requests for assistance are honored without question!

If you are able to afford the full tuition this is greatly appreciated, as this offers the Mindfulness Center of Northern Michigan to continue to offer ongoing scholarships for those in need! Thank you for your help.

 

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