At the Mind & Life Institute, we hold you in our hearts as together we experience dramatic changes in our daily lives from the pandemic. We are primed and pleased to show up fully at a time when serving—providing opportunities to lift up our shared humanity and to foster individual well-being and collective flourishing—has never been more urgent.
To that end, Mind & Life is adapting our office’s remote working culture to be more compassionate and connected, and we are actively developing digital efforts to have wider reach and impact on contemporary issues.
- Our recently launched “Education of the Heart” digital dialogue offers insights from leading researchers, educational practitioners, and the Dalai Lama on new programs and approaches to educating the “whole child.”
- The new Mind & Life podcast will tell the deeper story of contemplative science through interviews with distinguished thought leaders across a range of disciplines.
We are also pleased to share the Dalai Lama’s recent reflection in TIME Magazine on compassion during this time.
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We are grateful to the Mind & Life community,
and our trusted partners, for allowing us to share a host of online resources—articles, live-stream meditations, readings, fellowship sessions—aimed at nurturing well-being and connection during this time of increased uncertainty and anxiety.
Free online guided contemplative practices
- Emory CBCT Compassion Training offers free, live, online compassion practice and fellowship sessions to remind ourselves to connect and anchor us in the midst of turmoil. All are welcome. Sessions are offered twice per day: 9:00-9:45 am EDT, 7:00-7:45 pm EDT.
- Garrison Institute offers a weekday noontime meditation, reading, and discussion. All levels of meditators are welcome. Join 10 minutes early (11:50 am ET) if you would like a quick technical orientation. Visit their Community Programs page to learn more and register.
- Insight Meditation Society (IMS) offers daily meditation sessions on the IMS YouTube page to help connect their community during this challenging period. Sharon Salzberg and other teachers lead guided meditations, posted at 1:00 p.m. every day. No registration necessary.
- Mindful Online offers live guided meditations every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm ET for connection and community from today’s mindful leaders. Tune into their Facebook page.
- Ten Percent Happier offers a free live “sanity break” featuring host Dan Harris and some of the world’s best meditation teachers, streaming from their homes to yours. They will be streaming live on YouTube at 3PM ET every weekday.
- Tricycle is hosting a series of bi-weekly, free livestream meditations to help ease anxiety amid our social-distancing efforts led by leading teachers.
- UC San Diego Center For Mindfulness, The Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, and the Compassion Institute offer daily streams and recordings of mindfulness and compassion practice sessions.
- “Breathe With Me” is a guided meditation for kids from Sounds True.
- Global Intention hosts a variety of teachers and recordings, and invites everyone to join in daily practice.
- Inner Kids offers live 30-minute mindfulness lessons via Zoom to children, teens, and caregivers from across the planet.
- Center for Interfaith Relations offers opportunities for interfaith contemplation, connection, and action.
- Center for Healthy Minds shares a toolkit and resources.
- Jack Kornfield has a variety of Pandemic Resources, including videos, podcasts, and more.
- Jud Brewer has a Youtube channel with videos and daily “office hours.”
- Karunavirus.org compiles article and examples of courageous kindness during this crisis.
- The Awake Network lists free online meditation resources.
- UC San Francisco offers resources to support mental health, including webinars for health care providers.
- Sounds True shares resources for resilience.
- SOS Soul-Soothing Station is an online hub of inspiring and creative expressions, an offering for healing from college students.