it occurred to me that our youth could really benefit from the power of stilling the mind that all can easily access with this free meditation iPhone App called InsightTimer.
While, in my opinion, everyone should consider meditation, I'm especially moved to share this with adolescents and young adults, in particular, who may be disproportionately impacted psychologically by the current COVID lockdown as Siya appeared to have been (read: 'I’m stuck in limbo': will the Covid generation of young people face long-term fallout?). With all the worries, boredom, stress, and perpetual news of impending crises and doom, we must still our minds and nurture positive thoughts and feelings of love, compassion, gratitude, and joy.
A couple of things I've learned over the years that I'm happy to share. First, while all prayer, as we know and understand it, is a form of meditation, not all prayers take us to a sustained brain wave state that mimics sleep. Hence, even if meditation is "prayerful," these are nevertheless two distinct activities. Second, we need rest as much as we need sleep and since not all sleep is truly restful, meditation helps to get us there.
Finally, if you or someone you love is struggling with suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention hotline (in the U.S.) is available 24/7 either at 1-800-273-8255 or SuicidePreventionLifeline.org. Please get help and do consider making meditation a regular part of your daily life. InsightTimer makes it easy.
Resources In Times Of Coronavirus: Anxiety, Panic, Healthy Routines, Connection & Compassion
Insight Timer is a diverse platform bringing together meditation and mindfulness teachers, psychologists and other mental health experts all over the world. They have been sharing their support in this time of global crisis in different ways and formats. In this post, we are listing articles, guided meditations and courses that can help to cope with anxiety and panic, feel connected to other people, cultivate compassion, shift into a positive mindset and establish a healthy routine in times of social isolation.
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In the following, we will list guided meditations specifically created for the current situation, blog articles that focus on relieving anxiety and cultivating a positive outlook and healthy routines, and recommended Insight Timer courses for your wellbeing and happiness ().
Coronavirus: Resources For Your Mental Health
This article will be updated frequently.
Guided Meditations In Times Of COVID-19
The following meditations are roughly divided into five topics:
(Note: Some meditations could be put into two or more categories.)
Specific Meditations For Health & Frontline Workers
In this practice made especially for medical professionals, we take time to honor the body so that it may be allowed to rest.
In this guided practice, Katharyn leads you through a series of affirmations to combat anxiety and start your nursing shift with a clear mind.
A guided meditation for health workers and carers to help you feel grounded calm before you begin your working day.
Easing Anxiety & Cultivating Inner Calm
This practice uses self-compassion, gratitude and guided imagery to help you to soothe any distress that you may be experiencing.
Cultivating Love & Connecting With Others
This short talk and meditation can help you reframe our experience towards fearlessness and connection.
As we shift our attention from the problem, the disease, from Corona – to the healing energy of Karuna, Compassion – a wave of Peace, a blanket of Love is placed over humanity.
Immunity, Health & Hygiene
This flow is focused on boosting the health of our lungs through yoga, meditation, massage, qi gong, and breathwork.
Supportive Blog Posts In Current Times
- by Elizabeth Gilbert
- by Dr. Kathryn Soule, PhD, LPC
- by Ryan Lewis
- by Giovanni Dienstmann
- by Gillian Florence Sanger
- by Serge Prengel
- by Jane Murray
- by Sean Fargo
- by Malcolm Huxter
- by Robert Leichtman
- by Mark Bertin
- by Andrea Wachter
- by Elliott Dacher
- by Daniel Matallana
- by Lalah Delia
- by Alison Serour
- by Jason Murphy
- by Sarah Robinson
- by Pete Dunlap
- by Darren Cockburn
- by Manoj Dias
Insight Timer Courses: Staff Picks
These 10- and 30-day courses on Insight Timer help to establish a mindful, healthy and compassionate daily routine and cope with different difficulties people might face in these challenging times. You can listen to day one of each course by following the link.