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Dr. Elson Haas
written by
Dr. Elson Haas

Apr 07, 2020

Article Tags: health education | education | lifestyle | stress reduction

Hi everyone,

The bad news is that in addition to being a serious health threat, the coronavirus pandemic is causing continuous daily stress and anxiety for most of us. The good news is that many of us are turning to and learning stress reduction techniques with more seriousness than ever before.

There is a wealth of education and information online – much of it free – that can make a huge difference in helping us cope with the unprecedented mental and emotional challenges of fear and even panic, combined with the disruption of long term shelter in place orders across the country.

Here’s a list of resources – please feel free to send us your suggestions.

Resilience in Challenging Times, A Care Package — Sounds True
Daily video sessions, webinars, live group meditations & meetups, and other free digital resources. Regularly updated with new offerings.

COVID-19 Wellbeing Toolkit

From Dr. Richard Davidson – a leading neuroscientist studying meditation and mindfulness from the Center for Healthy Minds – University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Being Resilient during Coronavirus— Dr. Rick Hanson
A recent video message, guided practices, Live weekly sessions, a 45 minute podcast episode, and other resources.

Guide to Well-Being — Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley
Practices, resources, and articles for individuals, parents, and educators facing this crisis.

Free Resources for the Global Health Crisis — Shambhala Publications
Free ebooks, an online course, and lots of free videos from Shambhala Pubs authors, including Pema Chödrön.

4 Live Meditation Gatherings Each Day — Open Heart Project / Susan Piver
15-20 Minute sit followed by a discussion to share our hopes, fears, ideas, and predicaments

Sanity Guide — Dan Harris / Ten Percent Happier
Daily live practice sessions w/ Q&A, plus podcasts, blog posts, meditations and talks.

Free Mindfulness Resources to Find Calm and Nourish Resilience During the COVID Outbreak — Mindful
Whether you’re looking for live guided meditations connecting you to others, a quick practice to help you find your ground, or a free course on how to meditate, here’s how the Mindful

Free Half-Day At-Home Mindfulness Retreat — Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield / Sounds True
The material is divided into three segments of approximately 45 minutes each. With the scheduled breaks and walking meditation sessions, you will need a little more than three hours to complete this retreat.

Pandemic Care Resources — Tara Brach
A wealth of talks and guided practices, including some specific to the pandemic. Tara also leads a weekly class each Wednesday night at 7:30 eastern time live on Facebook and YouTube.

Tricycle Magazine

Live Online Practice Sessions — Tricycle
Join teachers Jack Kornfield, Pema Chödrön, Sharon Salzberg, and others for a free series of live-stream meditations to help ease anxiety amid our social-distancing efforts

Practicing in a Pandemic — Tricycle
Six new practices, plus a live talk series, and other timely resources for Buddhist practitioners.

Calendar and List of Online Buddhist Events and Resources — Tricycle
An amazing calendar of livestream meditations, dharma talks, and other resources from teachers and communities around the world.

And don’t forget there are many free online free yoga classes as well as multiple offerings under a search for MBSR – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – one of the original mindfulness programs in the U.S.A.

Please contact us if and share any resources you think people would benefit from.