Free Meditations and Resources to Manage Anxiety and Boredom During the Pandemic
Many meditation and mindfulness teachers are offering free classes and programs to help us cope with coronavirus stress and anxiety. (Hello, isolation!) These meditations, podcasts, talks, and blogposts will help you find some calm at home. If you're already here at Glad.is, you likely know that mindfulness meditation is a practice that has been scientifically proven to alleviate stress, depression and insomnia.
Here are some great practices, resources, and articles for managing your mood, thoughts and well-being in these complex times:
1) Brene Brown Podcast - "Unlocking Us": Brene talks about her strategies for staying calm in tough times versus tapping out and shutting down. "When we get to the point that we only do things that we’re already good at doing, we stop growing. And truly living." https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-ffts/
2) Yale's Most Popular Class - "Happiness" - is free online. Yes, Yale, that World-famous Ivy League university is sharing their most popular course ever, The Science of Well Being, online, for free, wherever you are in the world. You can sign up for the course, taught by Yale psychologist Laurie Santos, on Coursera. In this seminar series, you’ll learn how to increase your happiness, debunk myths about what makes us happy and ultimately create better, more productive habits. If not now, when? https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being
3) Jack Kornfield on Compassion. If you don't know Jack, listen to everything of his, now. A teacher in mindfulness and Buddhism, his words and voice are that of a gentle soothing grandfather. I highly recommend downloading his audiobooks if this free download resonates. He IS a lamp post in the darkness, for any difficult times, and now especially. https://jackkornfield.com/compassion-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/
4) Free half day retreat from Sounds True with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Retreat Description: In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, we need ways to steady our hearts and care for ourselves and one another. With many people sequestered at home, developing a mindfulness practice can help us center ourselves, build inner resilience, and hold our personal and shared difficulties with true compassion. Suitable for everyone, whether or not you’ve meditated before, this self-guided retreat will combine sitting and walking meditation practices and require about three hours of your time. Our intention is to allow you to offer yourself precious time to come back to your center and find an anchor in sanity. In this spirit, we welcome you to enjoy this free retreat and give yourself a powerful gift. https://product.soundstrue.com/power-of-awareness/free-retreat/
5) Headspace Meditation App is offering free downloads for everyone during this crisis. I worked at Headspace when it launched in the U.S., and really love Andy Puddicome's balance of practical teachings about the science of meditation and spirituality. (Plus his voice is dreamy!) https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
And if you're feeling lonely (who's not?) Check out this short video explanation of loneliness: "The Antidote to loneliness is being more present." Enjoy.
6) Insight LA has some of the best meditation teachers in the country, including Jack Kornfield, and they have opened up all of their classes online to free or donation based contributions. https://insightla.org
7) Ten Percent Happier App - Is doing a livestream on Covid Stress and Fear at tenpercent.com/live at 3pm Eastern Time every weekday. Can't make it then? They post the episode so you can watch it later. You can also access past episodes in the Ten Percent Happier app for free.
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