Free Mindfulness Resources to Find Calm and Nourish Resilience During the COVID Outbreak

Whether you're looking for live guided meditations connecting you to others, a quick practice to help you find your ground, or a free course on how to meditate, here’s how the Mindful community is coming together to serve in the days and weeks ahead.

Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances, we hope you are finding a way to plug into compassion, kindness, and care during these challenging days. In order to support everyone in our community and beyond, we’re gathering essential mindfulness resources for calm and resilience for everyone. Here’s how the Mindful community is coming together to serve in the days ahead so we can all tap into community, connection, and love.

Mindful@Home
Free Live Meditation Series

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First, we’re kicking off Mindful@Home. Beginning Thursday, March 19th we’ll be serving live guided meditations on our social channels with experts in the field, including Sharon Salzberg, Mirabai Bush, Rhonda Magee, Bob Stahl, Elaine Smookler, Cara Bradley, Mitch Abblett, Mark Bertin, Barry Boyce, Anne Alexander, and more. Look for Mindful@Home meditations Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm ET on our Facebook page. Watch all of the live videos we’ve served so far by clicking here.


Discounted Access to Our Premium Course:
Find Calm and Nourish Resilience

We’re also offering discounted access to our premium mindfulness course, Find Calm and Nourish Resilience.

We hope these expert-guided mindfulness resources can help you and your community find calm, navigate anxiety, and tap into a sense of well-being even as we all engage openly with the challenges of the day. Please freely share access to this premium course with your friends, family, colleagues, friends, followers, and networks.

This course features Zindel Segal on calming your mind, Jessica Morey on nourishing emotional resilience, Judson Brewer on training your brain to break unhealthy habits, Vinny Ferraro on cultivating compassion, Rhonda Magee on being conscious in community, Cara Bradley on mindful movement, and the Holistic Life Foundation crew, Andre Gonzalez, Atman Smith, and Ali Smith, on loving-kindness.

May this course provide a peaceful foundation for you and your community as we all navigate the days and weeks ahead.


Mindfulness Practices for Nourishment and Resilience

A few mindfulness practices to keep handy for the stressful and challenging days and weeks ahead.

The S.T.O.P Practice for Stress — from Elisha Goldstein

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Creating space in the day to stop, come down from the worried mind, and get back into the present moment has been shown to be enormously helpful in mitigating the negative effects of our stress response. When we drop into the present, we’re more likely to gain perspective and see that we have the power to regulate our response to pressure.

Here’s a short practice you can weave into your day to step into that space between stimulus and response.

A Guided S.T.O.P. Practice for Stress

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From Elisha Goldstein

S = Stop

Stop what you’re doing right now, get in a comfortable position, either seated or lying down.

T = Take

Take a few deep breaths. Maybe in through the nose initially, and then out through the mouth. With each exhalation allow your body to soften a bit more. As long as you’re here with the breath right now, allow your body to settle into its natural rhythm of breathing. Breathe in and sense the breath coming in. Breath out and sense the breath going out. Allow your body to take the breath it needs in its natural rhythm of being alive.

O = Observe

Begin to observe your body, noticing if there’s any tension or tightness anywhere, including the face. If you do notice any of that just allow it to soften, or just mindfully adjust your body as it feels like it needs to. Be aware of how you’re feeling emotionally right now. If there’s a sense of calm or ease, maybe some restlessness or irritation, or maybe even sadness. Or you could be feeling neutral. Whatever’s there, see if you can be aware of it and notice how it feels physically in the body. Continue to observe yourself physically and emotionally in this moment, just letting things be. Be aware of and observe your mind right now, noticing if it seems distracted or cluttered or if it seems like it’s settling into being here. Either way, it’s OK—the “o” of observe is just to allow us to be aware of our experience in the moment; physically, emotionally, and mentally. The moment we notice that our mind is off is a moment we’re present. Settle in, be aware of the fullness of your experience physically, emotionally, and mentally, and just let be.

P= Proceed

Proceed is just dropping the question of: “What’s most important for me to pay attention to right now?” or “What am I needing right now?” Allow whatever answer is there to simply percolate and arise. Proceed with that in this next moment. Always remember to acknowledge yourself for taking this time. This is a great act of self-care; take the final moment to acknowledge yourself for taking this time.

Feeling Isolated? Try this 20-minute Connection Practice — From Bob Stahl

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The “web of life” meditation helps dissolve the illusion of that we are all separate by cultivating feelings of safety, compassion, and love. Over time, this practice will increase your feelings of connection not only to yourself, but also to your family, friends, work associates, and fellow living beings, the world around you, and the universe.

Guided Connection Meditation: “The Web of Life”

  • 20:00

From Bob Stahl

This meditation will help you develop a deeper sense of connection—both to the present moment and those around you. Read through the entire script first to familiarize yourself with the practice, then do the practice, referring back to the text as needed and pausing briefly after each paragraph. Set aside about twenty minutes for this practice. Find a comfortable position on a cushion or chair or lying on a bed or the floor. Turn off your phone or other devices so you can remain undisturbed.

  • Begin by checking in. Begin by taking a few moments to arrive and settle in by bringing your awareness into your mind and body. Acknowledge how you are feeling and let it be.
  • Gently shift to mindful breathing, being aware of breathing in and out. There’s need to manipulate the breath in any way—just breathing in and out, normally and naturally.
  • Shift attention to where you’re seated. Begin to feel the connection of your body on the chair, cushion, bed, or mat, and feel its connection to the floor. Reflect on the connection of the floor to the building you are in and its connection to the earth farther below.
  • Let your awareness expand to include the earth below you. Feel that sense of being held by the earth below you, and ju