Thank you so much for your response! This is definitely very helpful for me, and I'm sure for others reading this post as well. So wonderful to hear that you've been able to teach mindfulness and MBSR! It's very inspiring to learn about your path.
I am planning to take a live MBSR course this fall, (in D.C. where I live), to help me re-establish a regular daily meditation practice. Do you feel it's necessary to complete the full MBSR training course to be an MBSR instructor? The training is pretty extensive, and I'm wondering if one can feel prepared to teach MBSR without completing the full program?
My long term plan is to do what you've done - move away from prescribing, and transition to teaching mindfulness and MBSR in the community, clinics, etc. If I may ask, how did you begin teaching? Do you find that it's a viable career for physicians who have left, or plan to leave medicine? I'm just not sure if this something that is sustainable as a career for physicians, or if if one needs to maintain a "day job".
Thank you so much for your insights.