Mindfulness is an approach to developing control and wisdom using our inner capacities for attention, awareness, and insight. Research supports the efficacy of mindfulness practices in changing behaviors that contribute to the experience of stress, and in modifying the neural structures that support those behavioral changes. MBSR is an 8 week program that uses meditation practices to examine the connections between thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. Within these connections we can find the opportunity to choose a response to stress rather than react like we have in the past. Using the mind, we effectively change the connections in the brain which naturally lead to changes in the mind. A silent retreat will be included on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Woodbury H.S. Media Center.