MBSR Training

The most well-known and researched form of training is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn when he worked at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The training was first offered in their Pain Clinic.

Are you curious about mindfulness meditation? Want to try it right now? OK! For those who want to try it right now, start by closing your eyes (or moving your unfocused gaze to the floor a few feet in front of you) and paying attention to the physical sensations of your own breath. You need not change your breath, only notice where you physically feel it the most and keep your attention there. If a thought, memory, sensation, or emotion removes your attention from your breath, notice what the distraction is and replace your attention on your breath.

Try this for a minute or two. See if you can maintain your attention to your breath, returning to your breath as many times as necessary (due to distractions), without judgement, that is, without the “I like…” or “I dislike” or “I should, would, or could” thoughts or statements.

If you tried focusing on your breath, you have just meditated. It is as easy, and as difficult, as that. I suggest trying this several times throughout your day. Over the next week, see if you begin to notice changes in stress, mood, communications, or other areas of your life. Perhaps you can even slowly increase the time from several minutes to five minutes, or even ten. While there is more to mindful meditation, this is a beginning.

Dr. Rice has been involved with meditation for 35 years, first using guided meditation techniques with patients and clients while working as an Occupational Therapist in the U.S. Army.  She now teaches classes based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), as taught by Dr. Jon Kabatt-Zinn and the Mindfulness Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Eden Energy Medicine (EEM)

9-Week teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Classes will meet online via Zoom. 

Sep 8 – Nov 17, 2021 (skipping Nov 3)

Wednesdays 4 pm – 6 pm (Central time)

3-hr silent retreat: 27 October

Cost: $350

Live sessions with Dr. Rice

Training Booklet included


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 9-Week Course

9-Week teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Classes will meet online via Zoom.

February 16 – April 13

Tuesdays 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

(class on March 30 will be 3 1/2 hours)

Cost: $450

Live sessions with Dr. Rice

Training Booklet included



Dr Valerie Rice co-presented a podcast by the UK Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, and the US-based Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. The topic was Mindfulness Meditation and was comprised of a number of my prior presentations on Mindfulness, including some of our research results. Dr. Rice’s overview about the presentation and a short bio, both of which are shown on their website. The podcast original air date was Jan 9, 2019.

MBSR :: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

What is Mindfulness?

We are all familiar with the term ‘mindful’ as being conscious or aware of something. However, this is very different from mindfulness — a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations without judgement, and our colloquial use of the term is dissimilar from mindfulness meditation.

Our increased awareness of mindfulness is, in part, due to articles and stories about the health benefits of mindfulness. These health benefits are not the product of merely being conscious of something, nor from being in the present moment now and again. Instead, health benefits occur after training in mindfulness meditation. During training, participants learn mindfulness techniques and incorporate them within their daily life. Mindfulness meditation can occur while sitting, walking, or doing any task or job.

Benefits of Mindfulness: