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Caring and connection in the time of Covid-19

Dear Friends of ASU's Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience,

Given the fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our annual conference scheduled for March 25-26. However, the world and each of us in it remain much in need of community and connection at this time, so we will be unfolding virtual means of continuing practice and support. Each week, for the foreseeable future, the Center will be providing virtual meditation practices from 12–1 p.m. (AZ time) and written messages for open and free use.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this daily convening, the topics for this next week (3/30 - 4/3) and the online streaming information are below:

  • Monday: It's Okay to be Okay

  • Tuesday: To Do, or Not to Do?: Working through Procrastination

  • Wednesday: We Make Each Other Better: The Human-Animal Connection 

  • Thursday: Self-Compassion for Emotional Exhaustion

  • Friday(s): Community Wellbeing

If you are interested in joining us for this hour of contemplation, please use the YouTube link below.

Please use the YouTube Link below for our Midday Mindfulness Sessions!

12noon - 1pm 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: http://links.asu.edu/mindfulness

(Please note that you will be able to see, hear, and chat with us using this link. We want these sessions to be as interactive as possible, so please feel free to use the YouTube chat feature to engage.)

Please take extraordinary care of yourselves and those in your circles, remembering this is a time for encouraging generosity of spirit and emboldened kindness.

With care and concern,

Teri Pipe, Nika Gueci and the team at Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience

Resources

If you'd like to join us, please make sure to read the housekeeping and ground rules (PDF).

We'd also like to give you some resources at ASU (LiveWell):

ASU Resources

Videos

The video recordings of the previous midday mindfulness are available below or through YouTube.

 
To switch to a different episode, click the menu icon  YouTube player menu icon  on the player above to view all of the available videos and select your desired video.

For more updates, follow us on Instagram and Facebook:

Instagram: @asucenterformindfulness

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Articles

Week Two

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

Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/well/family/coronavirus-loneliness-isolation-social-distancing-elderly.html

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

 

Week One

Readiness

As you encounter news, whether by TV, social media, websites or email, please consider these factors... View PDF

Rituals

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

Community

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