Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Patient Testimonials
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Integrative Health at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, expounds the program's ultimate goal - to work in partnership with our patients, health care providers and other individuals to facilitate and sustain each person's health, healing and well-being.
Proof of our program's effectiveness is given most convincingly by the people who have experienced our programs.
Mindfulness program founder Katherine Bonus
Mindfulness meditation is the art of paying attention, of listening to your heart. Rather than withdrawing from the world, mindfulness can help you enjoy it more fully, effectively and peacefully.
The following comments are from individuals who have participated in our Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program.
Testimonials from Participants in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
"I've had therapy, etc., but nothing has been as effective as this class."
"I originally took the eight-week Mindfulness class at UW Health because I was at my wits end on coping with work and life stress. I tell people now that taking that class was the one thing I have done in my adult life that has been life altering and lasting.
I have learned tools and techniques for stress management but also for self growth and discovery. These tools seem to work their way into your brain so that even in spans of time where I am not meditating daily, I recover from stressful events much more quickly than I used to."
"My mind is no longer taken hostage by a variant of different thoughts. Meditation has helped me live a healthier, happy life.
Meditation isn't always easy, but it's made a difference in my life. It has freed me from thinking too much and helped me to enjoy life.
I can't tell you how much meditation has changed my life. I feel like a different person, and it's wonderful.
Thank you so much for helping me change my life. I actually feel like I have a life again, and I'm enjoying it."
"I think the mindfulness program was the perfect complement to medical school this past fall. I was surprised to discover that anxiety is not the gasoline for a busy life as I thought it once was. In fact, practicing mindfulness in medical school has helped me to be more engaged in what I am studying which translates into less work overall."
"I am happy to report that I have meditated almost daily since I took the class in January. If I have to decide to give something up, it is never meditation.
Now I am able to live more in the moment with less worry about "stupid x#*%" and most of the stuff I worried about was stupid."
"The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and my meditation practice of five years have been like a type of mental exercise. Just as I practice doing a crossword puzzle every day, I've been practicing mediation. With the discipline of regular practice, I have learned to slow down and enjoy the present, precious moment.
Mindfulness Meditation has been a significant presence in my life since I first took the course in 2002. I often develop a clearer focus on the priorities in my life. Generally, I am happier with whatever comes my way."
"Thanks for helping change my life and giving me tools to better manage my life and smooth out a life that has been fit with turmoil and confusion that I didn't understand nor understand the path to happiness."
"It is wonderful to experience improvements in my physical and mental health as a result of regular practice."
"THANK YOU so much for your gentle, caring and inspiring guidance through mindfulness meditation. I enjoyed the classes immensely and am sorry they had to come to an end.
I did want to let you know about something that happened to me as a result of mindfulness meditation. I'm guessing that quite a few people take mindfulness to deal with a physical ailment or illness of some sort. They already have a diagnosis and are looking for another path for healing.
Well, I had the reverse happen to me.
Becoming mindful and aware in both my body and being helped me to fully realize that I'd been experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath for quite a while. The awareness of this then led me to discuss it with my doctor at my annual appointment, which led to some tests, which led to a heart valve disease diagnosis (bicuspid aorta valve disease). I'll be seeing a cardiologist in January.
Anyway, were it not for mindfulness meditation, I'm not sure I would have become aware of the symptoms I was having, or at least probably would not have become aware until the symptoms were much worse."