View the Facebook Live question and answer session here, if you weren’t able to join me on Friday at 3PM ET.
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought – and will bring – 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 ninth free webinar in our series, “Gratitude Changes Everything”, will be led by CMBM Founder and Executive Director James S. Gordon, MD.
Gratitude is thankful appreciation for whatever we receive or experience. Understandably, during the coronavirus pandemic, we wonder why we should be grateful. Brother David Steindl-Rast turns the question on its head: “It’s not happiness that makes one greateful”, Brother David says, “but gratefulness that makes us happy”.
In this webinar, we’ll explore self-care paths to trauma-healing gratitude, and make some entries in the gratitude journal that I’ll teach you how to keep.
For those of you who’d like to look into this subject in depth, you can visit chapter nineteen in my book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma.