Mindful Stress Reduction

The cover story for Time magazine this week is about a popular meditation and relaxation technique that goes by the acronym MBSR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. It is practiced and taught widely and receiving millions in grant money for studying its effects. It actually strikes me as rather funny because I have a similar program that goes by the acronym SSCD, Sit Still Calm Down (and maybe relax a little). We see our dogs and cats doing that all the time and I have to assume it is totally natural. But modern humans in advanced societies have to be taught because we have lost the simple ability to sit still and calm down. We are geared for action and rest and relaxation have become lost capacities. Perhaps it is the unwritten requirement for living in our advanced civilization. So sit still, calm down, relax a little. Now that was easy or was it?