The Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR) has shown to help people affected by breast cancer with their mood state, including depression and anxiety, fatigue, increase wellbeing and the immune system, decrease stress and reduce menopausal symptoms including hot flushes.
The aim of these practices is to learn how to keep bringing a kind and curious attention back to the present moment, becoming more aware of our moment to moment experience. We do this through our physical sensations, thoughts and emotions. We learn how the mind naturally wanders, how this is not a problem, and how we can just keep bring the mind back to the instructions of the guidance over and over.
These audios come from this MBSR programme and are led by Dr Caroline Hoffman, MBSR teacher. The mindful body scan and the mindful sitting meditation are still practices whereas the mindful lying and standing stretches are both gentle mindful yoga-like practices. You are invited to engage with these movement practices within your own physical boundaries, exploring your limits but not pushing beyond them. You are invited to wear comfortable clothing that allows your body to move and not be restricted. You might like to start to practise one of these each day, starting in order and taking a week or two with each practice before moving onto the next one.
Each practice starts with an introduction, then you can move the main exercise.