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Free mindfulness training resources from UC experts

If you’ve been following wellness news and suggestions during the coronavirus, chances are that you’ve come across articles promoting the benefits of mindfulness training and meditation. Thanks to two great UC resources, you can build a research-based mindfulness practice from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC)

UCLA MARC disseminates mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research. It offers tools and practices to help individuals with work, family, relationships, health and other areas of stress and difficulty.

COVID-19 mindfulness resources

These specially compiled mindfulness tools — webinars, interviews and podcasts — address the specific challenges and stressors that people are experiencing related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual drop-in meditations

Participate in a live guided meditation led by Diana Winston, Marvin G. Belzer, Ph.D., and other MARC-affiliated teachers. Sessions take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30-1 p.m.

Free UCLA Mindful app

With this easy-to-use app, you can practice mindfulness meditation anywhere, anytime with the guidance of UCLA MARC specialists. Basic meditations are offered in English and Spanish. You can also find content specific to health conditions and view informative videos.

Greater Good Science Center (GGSC)

Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus

This comprehensive webpage provides an array of practices, resources and articles for individuals, parents, educators, and health care professionals facing COVID-19, including on-demand and live podcasts, webinars and virtual gatherings. Highlights include:

  • Weekly 20-minute “Greater Good Together” events held at 1 p.m. each Thursday on Facebook live
  • Downloadable monthly Greater Good Calendar with daily tips to promote happiness and well-being
  • “Science of Happiness” podcast — each episode details research-tested strategies that you can put into practice today

Calm amid COVID video series

In a series of 10 short videos (one added per week through mid-June), UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner, who has studied stress, relationships and well-being for 25 years and is co-founder of the GGSC, shares ideas and practices for cultivating resilience and connection as we face the challenges of the coming months. Current videos include mindful breathing, compassion and gratitude.

Have another great UC mindfulness resource to share with your colleagues? Please share it in the comments.

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