The Coronavirus pandemic has brought significant disability and death to every country in the world. Understandably, government and private efforts have been directed at protecting populations against infection, and enhancing and developing facilities to provide medical care for those who have been infected. There is, however, a third dimension to the pandemic: the general health, resistance, and resilience of the people who are at risk. It is this third dimension that The Center for Mind-Body Medicine is working actively to address on an individual-, community-, and population-wide scale.
For now, as part of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s commitment to being of immediate service to our greater community, we are presenting a series of free online workshops that you can access, view, and learn from anywhere in the world. We’re calling it, “Meeting the Coronavirus Challenge: Tools to Heal Mind, Body, Spirit, and Community.”
We see this as an essential service; it is an initial way we can help you navigate this trauma-heavy time with self-care techniques that balance your physiology and psychology, serve as antidotes to the fight-or-flight and stress responses, enhance your immunity, and lighten the emotional load that all of us now carry. What we share with you will also enhance your capacity to connect with others- even in this time of enforced social distancing.
The fourteenth free webinar in our series, “Creating Caring Communities”,will be led by CMBM Founder and Executive Director James S. Gordon, MD on Friday, July 10th.
This special webinar features a discussion with my dear friend, colleague, and CMBM Senior Faculty Member, Dr. Sabrina N’Diaye, a dynamic and inspirational storyteller and teacher.
Community and group support are intrinsic parts of all the world’s indigenous healing systems. The Mind-Body Skills Groups (MBSG’s) we at CMBM have been leading for 30 years are heirs to this tradition and vital and potent agents for healing trauma of every kind.
Sabrina, who is an African-American, Muslim woman, will share with us the powerful ways in which her participation in these MBSG’s, as a Facilitator and a Participant, has been catalytic in healing her experiences with racism and oppression.
Sabrina and Dr. Gordon will explore together the ways that group support can deepen meditative awareness and lay the foundation for compassionate action.
This webinar, “Creating Caring Communities”, is approximately 65 minutes in length, and can be viewed anytime between 8AM ET and 2PM ET on Friday, July 10th. Afterward, Dr. Gordon will host a live question and answer session on our Facebook and our YouTube page at 3PM ET.
You can discover more in Chapters 17 and 18 of Dr. Gordon’s newest book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma.