Our mission is to support our community in living with greater ease. MBSR and mindfulness skills develop our ability to respond differently to everyday stressors resulting in greater ease throughout our lives. We offer mindfulness-based training, practice, and consultation to individuals, groups, schools, and businesses. Join us for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or Work-Based Mindfulness training in the Omaha area. Offering Mindfulness training since 2014.
What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week stress reduction class designed to help students understand personal patterns of stress reactivity through the use of mindfulness practices. Mindful awareness can change the way we respond to stress in our lives.
MBSR starts at the beginning. No previous meditation or yoga experience required! Both experienced and novice students report the training supports their growth and healing.
Students will learn and practice:
- Mindfulness Meditation – learn new methods or deepen your practice
- Mindful yoga
- Everyday mindful activities such as mindful eating and mindful noticing
What is Mindfulness?
• Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, without judgment.
(J. Kabat-Zinn, 1994).
• Knowing what you are doing while you are doing it is the essence of mindfulness practice.
(J. Kabat-Zinn, 2013).
• Meditation is synonymous with the practice of non-doing. We aren’t practicing to make things perfect or to do things perfectly. Rather, we practice to grasp and realize (make real for ourselves) the fact that things already are perfect, perfectly what they are.
(J. Kabat-Zinn, 1994)
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What do we know about MBSR?
MBSR is a time-tested and research-supported method for:
- Bringing greater ease into one’s life and learning to live more fully
- Assisting individuals dealing with physical concerns such as chronic pain, cancer, cardiac and stress-related disorders, as well as emotional concerns
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Assisting those dealing with life transitions
MBSR Outcome Research
Click links below to access articles
- Randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for survivors of breast cancer
- Mindfulness—What Works for Whom? Referral, Feasibility, and User Perspectives Regarding
Patients with Mixed Chronic Pain
- Change in Decentering Mediates Improvement in Anxiety in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Decreased Symptoms of Depression After Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Potential Moderating Effects of Religiosity, Spirituality, Trait Mindfulness, Sex, and Age
- Eﬀect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Anxiety, Depression and Stress in Women With Multiple Sclerosis
- Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Reduces Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation in Veterans
- Mindfulness in mood and anxiety disorders: a review of the literature
Dr. Theresa O’Halloran
MBSR Omaha Founder/Teacher
Dr. Theresa O’Halloran has been studying mindfulness practices since 2001, is a Qualified MBSR teacher through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and has completed yoga teacher training. Dr. O’Halloran is passionate about mindfulness practices and started teaching MBSR classes in 2014. Theresa also teaches Work-Based Mindfulness on-site in workplaces. Additionally, Theresa is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) in Nebraska, and has been a counselor since 1989.
“It’s hard to even describe. I feel like I have an amazing tool to use in my daily life that I didn’t’ have before. This tool makes me feel hopeful and calm. This tool makes me feel confident.”
“Is a saber-tooth tiger chasing me? No. Then let me look at why my body feels so stressed and try to breathe.”
“Realizing how powerful meditation can be and that I can do it – and it does help my reactions and ability to respond to stress.”
“I’ve learned that I can change. I’ve been stuck for so long I thought I would always be in the same place. The change has happened gradually, but it has made all the difference.”
“It has helped me shift the narrative of my thoughts to be more positive and intentional.”
“I am “able to exercise greater control thru breathing over thoughts that interfere with my calm well-being.”
“I have really noticed my level of patience increase a great deal. Instead of pushing through difficulties to hurry and be over them I am walking intentionally through them.”
“I make my schedule around having time to meditate. When I started, I found it hard to find the time. Now it’s a given time and the rest of my day is scheduled around it.”
“Overall, I have a greater awareness of my thoughts and feelings as they occurred. This enhance awareness allowed me to shift from reactivity to a selected and intentional response.”
“I am in control of my life and the choices I make. It is up to me to live my life as fully as possible. I have the opportunity each day to embrace things and appreciate them.”
“I am less judgmental of self and others. More aware of myself and others with greater clarity and reality.”
“I’ve made mindfulness a daily practice prioritized as the first thing I accomplish every day to set the foundation for the day.”
“I am better able to create/extend the space between stimulus and response.”
“I have a lasting sense of integration.”
“Through my experience with MBSR, I’ve become more self-aware and less judgmental of self. Knowing when I need to take a moment and breathe rather than continue in a stressful moment.”
“I’ve also been able to assert myself more professionally”
“Learning about myself and how I interact with my own mind will last a lifetime.”
“Thank you so much for your caring and authenticity, Theresa!”
“I’ve become a better parent and wife because I slow down and listen.”
“I’ve learned how to recognize thoughts, feelings. Whereas I’d easily miss those previously and then not know why/how I’d get to the endpoint.”
I have experienced an “unbinding from identification with thoughts and feelings and greater understanding of the nature of them and shaping habits of mind.”
“I am more aware and accepting of my thoughts and feelings. I don’t feel as if I am reacting as much as responding more with a quietness and peacefulness.”
“My relationship with my thoughts is more awareness of my thoughts, feelings and sensations of body and how they can wander but I can choose to focus on them and not focus on them.”
“My ability to recognize thoughts, feelings, and sensations more quickly and accurately will help in all times of my life. I firmly believe as I continue to practice and use these skills they will continue to improve my life.”
“There have been so many positive changes in how my brain reacts to stress. I can’t thank you enough for this class. It has opened my heart’s mind.”
“I am able to be aware more of my thoughts and feelings and think about where they are coming from or what’s causing them.”
“I look at my feelings instead of pushing them away.”
“I actually recognize my thoughts/feelings now! Reactions have become less judgmental, more of an observation than explosion.”
“I notice thoughts or feelings to see if they actually need to be changed. Or if I just need to acknowledge them. I take time to respond instead of react.”
“I greatly appreciate Theresa and her ability to make me so comfortable and accepting of where I am in my practice. I strive and judge myself critically and she reminded me that in this moment, I am okay right where I am.”