Does your chaotic life leave you feeling overstressed and void of energy? Take one week to devote just to yourself. Join Hippocrates Health Institute for a week to detox and de-stress under the guidance of Edwin Riley, Ph.D., acclaimed author of Stress Rx™, a pioneer in the mindfulness-stress reduction movement and a long time Hippocrates Associate. Program starts March 19!
Dr. Riley completed a 600-hour, in-depth experiential doctoral internship on the principles and practices of mindfulness-based stress reduction. His first-hand training in the Clinic’s methodology, and approach to learning, growth, human development, and healing lead Dr. Riley to create a comprehensive program model for his dissertation that he brings to Hippocrates.
Modeled after the internationally acclaimed Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center that has trained over 22,000 participants during its 35 year history, “Riley Stress Reduction” (RSR) mindfulness training cultivates awareness and attention to more easily observe changing conditions of mind and body through a combination of Qigong, Tai Chi, meditation, individual, and group therapies.
“Managing stress is perhaps the greatest solution to finding peace and balance in this ‘Age of Uncertainty,’ fast-paced lifestyles, failing global economies and self-imposed expectations,” Dr. Riley explains. “Cultivating a stable and non-reactive present moment awareness with the Hippocrates lifestyle model and mindfulness component offers a complete package for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.”
Participants supported in a group environment learn from one another to perceive themselves as being greater than their disease, illness, diagnosis or anxiety. This, in turn, greatly reduces stress associated with their condition allowing mobilization of resources for personal healing.
“Furthermore, these are essential tools for self-actualization and prevention as well as disease and illness intervention,” says Dr. Riley, former director of the South Florida Stress Reduction Clinic. “Learning how NOT to react long-term to negative stresses can be accomplished through regular daily formal and informal mindfulness/meditation practices. These are what participants will learn to bring about permanent change for wellness.”
In coping with stress, for years now considered a global epidemic by the World Health Organization, an individual is able to activate inner resources for healing as well as prevention. “Mindfulness” means being fully awake in our lives, even if we don’t like where we are in the moment.
Meditation, one of the primary mindfulness tools, is the only intentional, systematic human activity which is NOT about trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are. This brings calm and focus and action for healing into the life equation.
“After all, this (the present moment) is all we have, ” Dr. Riley emphasizes. “So why not make it the best moment, every moment of your life.”