With each day that passes, the world continues to shift in a way that is hard to process.
To support you as you cope with this current situation, I wanted to let you know about two events that I highly recommend joining this month. Both invitations were extended to me by organizations that I trust and care deeply about here at Mend, and I hope that many Menders will be able to join and benefit from these free offerings.
Mindful Living Summit: March 19-22, 2020
With the disruption of life-as-usual, increased uncertainty, and possibly more time to reflect, we wanted to let you know of a free online offering from The Awake Network and Mindful that starts this Thursday.
The Mindful Living Summit is a free online event, March 19-22, 2020, gathering 16+ leading neuroscience experts, mindfulness teachers, and psychologists to explore practical insights, guided mindfulness practices, and helpful tools you can start using right now to cultivate inner-resilience, and strengthen our presence.
We hope this free offering is of benefit to you and a place to engage in an online practice community this coming week!
In the Footsteps of Thich Nhat Hanh: March 25-29, 2020
You’re invited to join our community for a free 5-day online summit with nine senior Plum Village teachers, hosted by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation in partnership with Lion’s Roar.
If you can’t come to Plum Village, Plum Village will come to you. To help you stay grounded as our lives and communities reorganize. We hope to give you a renewed sense of ease, so that in the midst of uncertainty, you will have a gentle smile on your face, and in the midst of isolation, you will remember that we inter-are.
Thay has touched the hearts of millions with his message of peace, non-violence, and kindness. From difficult beginnings as a Vietnamese monk forced into a life of exile, he has been instrumental in making Buddhism relevant for modern times.
Join us from March 25-29 to experience Thay’s legacy with teachings, meditations, and practices offered by nine senior Dharma teachers he has trained directly. Including Sister Chan Duc, Brother Phap Hai, Brother Phap Dung, Sister Dang Nghiem, Brother Phap Luu, Anh-Huong Nguyen, Shantum Seth, Larry Ward, and Peggy Rowe-Ward, this summit is a rare opportunity to connect deeply with the heart and home of our living Plum Village tradition and community.
Sign up for free to explore 5 key themes and dozens of teachings, guided meditations, and reflections during this online event.
Day 1: Building a Foundation of Mindfulness
Explore Thay’s core teachings on mindfulness, meditation, and walking meditation, supported by guided practices and reflections.
Day 2: Understanding our Mind with Buddhist Psychology
Dive deeper into Thay’s insight into the nature of our minds: How can we relate best to others? How can we bring mindfulness to our media consumption? And how can we work with our own strong emotions?
Day 3: Embodying the Beloved Community: Relationships and Community Building
Get transformative insights into relationships and the importance of community, looking at topics such as the meaning of love, healing the inner child, and how to connect meaningfully and compassionately with others.
Day 4: Interbeing: Tending to Mother Earth
How can we take refuge in the Earth, restoring our sense of ourselves as a part of a bigger picture? Discover concrete strategies to help heal our alienation from the Earth, nourish our gratitude, and dwell happily in the present moment.
Day 5: For a Future to Be Possible
How can we remain mindfully engaged with a world that’s in turmoil? Explore practices and skillful action that can help you bring courage, kindness, and resilience to the greatest challenges of our time.
If you could use more daily support through a breakup or divorce, you can download our app Mend (iOS only). You can also sign up for our free class on "Staying Home: How To Support Your Mental Health During Coronavirus."