Professional Training Program

Honoring and Celebrating Our Humanity (Part II): A Free CMBM Self-Care Webinar

June 12, 2020

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 eleventh free webinar in our series, Honoring and Celebrating Our Humanity (Part II)”, will be led by CMBM Founder and Executive Director James S. Gordon, MD.

These are times of fear, uncertainty, loneliness and separation. They are also opportunities for exploring the wisdom that rises from the depths of aloneness, for healing the divisions in each of us and between us, and for building connection and community. In order to appreciate other people’s uniqueness we need to appreciate our own. The first webinar in this series was an invitation to do this. 

In order to meet the challenges of our time with courage and compassion, we also need to become comfortable with unpredictability and the opportunities as well as the threats that it offers us. This is the webinar, in which we’ll explore both the pain and promise of unpredictability. 

Dr. Gordon will share some lessons he’s been learning- or relearning in a way that feels new and deeper. They’re lessons about some of what makes us human, in this webinar, unpredictability, in the ones in the weeks ahead- humor, humility, communion and community. These are lessons that can help us deal with the fear and anger caused by the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, lessons that can help make the promise of Transformation a reality. 

This webinar on unpredictability is approximately 40 minutes in length, and can be viewed anytime between 8AM ET and 2PM ET on Friday, June 12. Afterward, Dr. Gordon will host a live question and answer session on our Facebook page at 3PM ET. If you would like to ask questions related to what you’re feeling since George Floyd’s murder, he would welcome them. 

For those of you who’d like to look into this subject in depth, you can visit Chapter 17 & 18 in Dr. Gordon’s book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma.