Some of you may have logged on to our special Neuro Life Online® session on how to use mindfulness during times of uncertainty, hosted by Dr. Greg Serpa and Dr. Indu Subramanian. We learned that by utilizing meditation techniques and an intentional compassion practice, we have the ability to increase resiliency to stress in these difficult times, which can help us to sharpen our thinking, develop empathy, lower our blood pressure, and even alter the physical structure of our brains for the positive!
Dr. Serpa sent us this list of resources for those who want to expand on the practices he shared:
- Guided Meditations:
- Sense and Savor walk
- STOP Practice
- Stop, Take a breath, Observe your experience, Proceed
- Beginning a Mindfulness Practice
I recently discovered a wonderful resource as a community member of Sounds True (https://www.soundstrue.com/store/), a multimedia publishing company whose mission is to “disseminate spiritual wisdom.” A couple of years ago, I took an amazing online course that was sponsored by this organization, which truly changed my life and the way I see and interact with the world.
Sounds True is now offering, free of charge, a “care package of free digital tools and teachings” called “Resilience in Challenging Times, which gives you a resource to productively use this time for growth and spiritual transformation, difficult as that sometimes can be, so we can turn towards our experience, care for ourselves, and become resources of love and sanity for others.”
Here is what you will find:
- Free access to daily video sessions sharing practical guidance and empowering insights from our recent online summit.
- Community connection—”Physical distancing” does not have to mean “social distancing,” so we’ll be offering opportunities to come together online for group meditations and Facebook Live meetings. Let’s gather, learn, and support each other!
- Free webinars addressing how to stay strong and centered with some of our most popular authors, including Michael Singer, Caroline Myss, and others
You may sign up on their email list to receive updates on when new, free content is available on the Resilience in Challenging Times page, or you can check back regularly to see what’s been recently added. The first video features the #1 NY Times bestselling author of “The Power of Now,” Eckhart Tolle, on the Power of Presence in Uncertain Times. I wish for you much peace, compassion, and gratitude in your personal mindfulness practice as we navigate this unprecedented situation we find ourselves in.
Shannon Elliott earned her Master’s in dance from York University and famously trod the boards and regaled audiences of the professional dance world for more than 20 years. Her career was and is storied. Always up for expanding her horizons, Shannon executed a full-on career pivot at the opportune moment and applied her artistry to the field of health and wellness. Someone should write a book about this. A teacher at heart, Shannon earned her personal training and group fitness certifications and began teaching Dance for PD® classes for seniors and those living with Parkinson disease. As the PMD Alliance In Sync Network Manager, she expertly blends elements of dance and movement with the opportunity to help support group leaders expand their roles and deepen their engagement in the movement disorder communities.