The ASU Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience launched an initiative in response to the pandemic as well as distress around issues of inequity. The “Caring and Connection: Moving Mindfully through a Healing World” initiative includes Midday Mindfulness YouTube sessions which are free and accessible to anyone (internal or external to ASU). The hour-long sessions include at least one mindfulness practice and are led by Center staff as well as guest speakers. Topics range from serious to more lighthearted as they pertain to mindfulness, compassion and resilience (international student success, how to be an ally, loneliness and isolation, health justice and “serious fun”).
For a complete list of topics, please see this Google document.
The Caring and Connection: Equitable Mindfulness for a Transformative Future Initiative centers our transforming hearts using the Equitable Mindfulness framework - a framework designed to apply the foundations of mindfulness to break down barriers to inclusive practices and transformative spaces (Cash, Gueci & Pipe, 2021). As we begin to "open back up,” our senses will be a bit more tender to the experiences that our fellow human beings have lived, witnessed, and suffered through over the past year in the pandemic. These YouTube sessions aim to open our eyes to different ways that BIPOC, queer, neurodivergent and other amazing individuals are thriving through research, business building, and creativity, and invite conversation about joy. Settle in through contemplative practice and expand through conversation. - Tiara Cash, MS
“Wonderful experience listening to the learned speakers and mentoring young minds to be at their best while enjoying every present moment with joy and happiness. Marvelous series of talks.”
“I loved this!! It was an honor to listen to you speak.”
“I feel very lucky to have stumbled across this, you are all very inspiring and hearing your stories is amazing. Thank you so much for doing this, it's nice to feel connected with others.”
-Midday Mindfulness Viewers
Midday mindfulness video playlist
To switch to a different episode, click the menu icon on the player above to view all of the available videos and select your desired video.
The video recordings of the Midday Mindfulness sessions are also available on YouTube.
Midday and Equitable Mindfulness Materials
Definitions of Terms related to equitable Mindfulness
Created by Tiara Cash, the Definitions of Terms related to equitable Mindfulness document explains important terms and phrases.
How to Maintain Wellness Programs Virtually during COVID-19
The well-being of individuals is more important now than ever. The effects of the pandemic have been challenging for all individuals from all aspects. This pdf presentation can be used as a resource to demonstrate how worksites can support mental health for their employees and how wellness programs can operate virtually during these challenging times.
The Wheel of Life is a powerful visualization tool to help you get a quick overview of your current life balance. The Wheel of Life can help encourage you and also motivate you to find areas you may want to put your focus on in order to add more balance to your life.
Learn the basics of Samadhi meditation with author and meditation teacher Stephen Troutman. Samadhi meditation promotes calmness through the practice of turning away from thoughts and the senses instead focusing on the breath or other object. View meditation series overview (PDF).
Health, Wellness and the Science Behind Meditation
Learn about how meditation promotes health and wellness with author and meditation teacher Stephen Troutman. In this second part of a six part series, he teaches you about the science behind meditation. View Meditation Part 2: Health, Wellness, and the Science of Meditation (PDF).
The History and Teachings of Buddha
Learn about how meditation was influenced by the history and teachings of the Buddha with teacher Stephen Troutman. In this third part of a six part series, he furthers your meditation practice and introduces one of the many cultures that have influenced mindfulness. View Meditation Part 3: The Buddha and His Teachings (PDF).
Types of Meditation
Learn about the types of meditation with teacher Stephen Troutman. In this fourth part of a six part series, he furthers your meditation practice and helps you find the right type of meditation for you! View Meditation Part 4: Types of Meditation (PDF).
Learn about subtle energy and the three energy systems with author and meditation teacher Stephen Troutman. In this fifth part of a six part series, he teaches you about how to use energy as part of your meditation practice. View Meditation Part 5: Energy (PDF).
Learn about guided meditation with author and meditation teacher Stephen Troutman. In this final installment of a six part series, he teaches you the two types of meditation and how to practice self-directed, guided meditation. View Meditation Part 6: Guided Meditation (PDF).
What's determining our health?
The Sanctity of All Creations
— Poem by Evaline Brown
Watercress on the little stream are piled like green coins
Pure, selfless, and invaluable service
I hope to follow in its path
I peered into my reflection on the water, but I didn’t see myself.
I only saw the plants, and the sky, and the creatures
Spring pollen showered over us
My whole being felt cleansed and light
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
Imposter Syndrome, widely prevalent in Academia, is a psychological pattern of self-doubt. You are not alone if you find yourself experiencing this syndrome. Click on this resource from the Graduate School at ASU to discover some practical ways to resolve Imposter Syndrome using these resilience tools and best practices.
Anti-Oppressive and Equitable Mindfulness Resources
Education is a powerful tool to help expand our ever-changing mindsets and hearts to include more love and spaces for equity! If you are looking for ways to educate yourself or help to educate others, please check out this resource guide.
The Craving Mind
“When we scratch the wound and give into our addictions, we do not allow the wound to heal. But when we instead experience the raw quality of the itch or pain of the wound and do not scratch it, we actually allow the wound to heal. So not giving in to our addictions is about healing at a very basic level.” - Pema Chodron View PDF here.
Redefining Your Neighbor: What Does Being an Ally Look Like?
"...None of us know all the answers, but using your practice to hone in on listening, feeling, and being is a great way to hold space in difficulty." View PDF here.
Interested in learning more about Mindful Eating and the 9 types of hunger? After checking out our Mindful Eating Session featuring Dr. Dara James on YouTube, you can follow this link for more videos!
What really is self-care?
"Do you practice self-care regularly? Most of us don’t. One major reason we fail to infuse self-care into our daily routines is that we don’t actually know what it is. We don’t know what counts as self-care. To understand what self-care is, it’s important to understand what it is not..” Read full article.
Detaching My Worth From My Resume - Center Student Spotlight
Check out this peice from Center Student Intern, Saiarchana Darira, who expresses her journey to find her worth outside of of achievements. View PDF.
ASU alumna helps others navigate uncertain times with mindfulness practice
Arizona State University College of Health Solutions alumna Tiara Cash describes what she does for a living as “reaching out and holding space for others.” Read article.
Holding Space: Me, You, Us
There are many different definitions and ways of thinking of Holding Space. Center defines it as an opportunity to extend your mindfulness practice to another person by seeing, hearing, and holding what it is they need. Think of holding space as creating a bond for another person to be brave and express who they really are. View PDF.
What time is it? Resources
Anyone else out there having a difficult time keeping up with the days? Check out these resources on explinations of why our brain is dealing with this time shift. View PDF.
Comforting Someone: What to Avoid
In such a time of global change, how do we comfort those who might be feeling extra pressure? Here are a few common conversation blockers that we can try to avoid using in a comforting conversation. View PDF.
The Arena of the Heart
When we consider our own heart is the arena, our own feelings are there with us and we face them with courage and resilience, we have the chance to dare greatly in this worthy cause. View PDF
Part 1: Experiencing Loneliness
Given our current COVID-19 social distancing situation, loneliness may be more noticeable in your daily life and in the lives of those around you. View PDF
Part 2: Transcending Loneliness
Loneliness itself is not a mental illness, but rather a universal human experience and signal for self-caring action, much like hunger or thirst. View PDF
Creating a Clearing:
When we think of creating clearings for your purpose, this mandatory period of being alone and isolated can be considered a gift to introspect and work through some inner challenges. View PDF
As you encounter news, whether by TV, social media, websites or email, please consider these factors... View PDF
In the midst of uncertainty and disruption, rituals can remind us of stability and security. View PDF
What can I do?
When we focus on limitations or restrictions, it places our mindset in a non-growth mode. But, we can choose differently! View PDF
Tips for self-compassion
What better time than now to practice self-compassion and compassion for others? Here are some tips to use in uncertain times. View PDF
10 Activities for Building Creativity
Boredom is a great chance to invoke our creative capacity! Here are 10 activities to boost creativity and resilience during times of uncertainty. View PDF
Mindfulness in community can help us tap into the power of resilience by gathering and acting upon our innate need for belonging and togetherness. View PDF