The short answer:
*MBSR has a great design and a clear structure, and is accessible to many people
*MBSR offers a wide variety of practices catering for different bodies and different likes
*MBSR offers meditation practice as well as insight in one’s daily life
*MBSR has proven to be effective in its 40+ years and is supported by research world wide.
A longer answer:
The popularity of mindfuless started with Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program – MBSR – in the late seventies. This 8-week program combines insights of western science (education, medicine, psychology) and eastern wisdom traditions. It has a clear format, offering participants to learn about mindfulness step-by-step in an accessible and practical way. Not only does it teach participants how to do various meditations, but it also offers new insights into their daily lives; discovering more joy, and learning how to best deal with stress and suffering. The variety of practices offers different ‘ways in’ for different people.
The program has been around for more than 40 years, and its popularity and effectiveness is supported by thousands of research studies worldwide. When you become an MBSR teacher, you can connect to the wider field of MBSR professionals. The MBSR teacher training program will also provide a solid basis for developing add-on specialized courses for particular target groups (mindfulness for patient groups, certain professions, children, etc.) where needed.