Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Sound (MBSRS)
Sacred Sound / Sacred Silence
Meditation came early to Don, although at the time he didn’t know what it was. Due to childhood difficulties with what later was diagnosed as Ankylosing Spondylitis (a form of arthritis) and Crohn’s Disease he discovered by being still and breathing slowly, the pain in his body would be reduced. A natural by product of this is an increased compassion and an innate ability to be empathic.
Don continued and developed his practice of meditation as a way of living – not just “on the mat” – so that every moment is an opportunity to be Mindful and Compassionate. His reading and study of Sacred Text and Spiritual Leaders (particularly the Zen style of meditation and contemplation) helped him throughout his life. With all the various forms of meditations, Don focused on a type of meditation developed to assist in the process of healing and well-being.
Developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is now offered in over 200 medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world, including some of the leading integrative medical centers such as the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine. With over 450 clinical research papers and trials on MBSR, corporations, hospitals and critical care facilities world wide are using this method to help reduce stress and implement healing. This patient-centered educational approach uses training in mindfulness meditation as the core of its program teaching people how to take better care of themselves and live happier and healthier lives.
Learning these techniques from Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1998, Don has taken the principals of MBSR and added what we now know as the most effective carrier of information to the Body, Mind and Spirit. Sound. We know sound has the ability to facilitate and amplify a state of harmony, healing and alignment. New York Oncologist Dr. Mitchell Gaynor has been using Tibetan bowls in his practice and “believes the chants and bowls engages his patients at a level that Western science cannot yet begin to grasp.” Zen monks use a bell in the walking meditation tradition of Kinhin as a reminder to “let go and detach.” It is in this approach we discover the Power of Sounds and it’s ability to bring about stress reduction to an even more powerful and profound state.
Research has proven MBSR has reduced or eliminated many mental and physical disturbances such as anxiety, chronic pain, gastro-intestinal diseases, depression, panic disorders, ADD disorders, eating disorders, coping with cancer, heart disease and addictions. ISTA president and sound therapist, Don Simmons shares the principles of MBSR, and takes it to the next level combining proven techniques with sound. The first of its kind, MBSR with Sound is a leading edge system of stress reduction and healing; certification offered through the International Sound Therapy Association.