Mindfulness practices can help us feel more grounded, calm and present during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rachel Harris, a Canberra based meditation teacher, recorded the guided meditation below in July 2020 specifically for people in Melbourne experiencing lockdown due to Covid-19. The meditation emphasises nature connection and community connection, both of which may be more challenging to access during pandemic restrictions. This practice may be valuable for you and others in your organisations or communities, whatever your pandemic context.
What is mindfulness?
Put simply mindfulness is being aware of what’s happening now, with an attitude of kindness, compassion and curiosity.
Is mindfulness for me?
The mindfulness practices shared here are very gentle and suitable for the general public. However if you have a history of mental illness or trauma please consult your health care professional when deciding whether it’s the right time to practice. There are many tailored programs which can be tremendously helpful for people facing specific challenges.
Where did mindfulness come from?
Although mindfulness as it is commonly practiced in Australia today is secular and scientifically supported, most mindfulness practices and teachings originated within Buddhism and Buddhist psychology. These teachings and practices have been shared across many cultures, including traditions still thriving in Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, together with influences from Tibet and Japan. Today mindfulness courses are also commonly complemented with Yoga practices originating in India. We are very grateful to these traditions and the people who have shared these teachings and practices so generously worldwide today.
Tree Meditation: Guided Practice
You may find the following guided meditations helpful:
- A Meditation for Feeling As Safe As You Reasonably Can – Rick Hanson (5 minutes)
- Guided Meditation: The RAIN of Self Compassion – Tara Brach (12 minutes)