Mental Health + Mindfulness Meditation

Many resources have been popping up in response to the pandemic to help people deal with the uncertain circumstances and staying at home indefinitely.

Now is a great time to learn more about mindfulness and how to lessen anxiety.

🧘🏻‍♀️ MARC at UCLA

This is the best place to start your meditation practice, in my biased opinion! Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA’s free mindfulness meditations. Easy to use, easy to get started, with basic instructions, which makes sense, since they are based in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.
I completed the 10-month Intensive Practice Program here last year and can’t recommend the teachers enough! Diana Winston is the Director of the program and has a really great book for those who might be more interested in learning the science behind meditation, called Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness.

🧘🏻‍♀️ MARC at UCLA Free Weekly Meditations – Now Online

Weekly mindfulness meditations hosted by MARC at UCLA teachers- 30 minutes of guided and silent meditations and talks, now available virtually via Zoom call.

📱 MARC at UCLA’s Free App

Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA’s free mindfulness meditations. Easy to use, easy to get started!

📱 Dan Harris “Ten Percent Happier” YouTube

Ten Percent Happier app and podcast

Dan Harris has been posting daily meditations with well-known mindfulness teachers on his YouTube.

📱 Headspace Resources & Free for LA and unemployed persons

To help you weather this storm, Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health have partnered to provide support and resources during this challenging time.”
“These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. It’s our small way of helping you find some space and kindness for yourself and those around you.”

📱 Calm App

We’re the #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation, with over 50 million downloads and over 700,000 5-star reviews.
Calm app is free to Kaiser members>

📱 Insight Timer – Free App

Free meditation app with all kinds of free meditations, talks, and sleep sounds from teachers all over the world. There’s also a simple prayer bowl timer.

🧠 Shine’s Virus Anxiety Website

“…the team at Shine, in partnership with Mental Health America, has vetted and compiled a wealth of research-backed and helpful tools for you—articles, meditations, access to mental health experts, anxiety screenings, and more.”

🧘🏻‍♀️ Deepak and Oprah – Free 21 day meditation event

Free 21 day meditation event. “Join Deepak Chopra, Oprah, and millions of meditators around the world to find peace of mind in the midst of turmoil, and do your part to help our global community find hope and optimism.”
I personally have never meditated to a Chopra meditation and don’t know his methods…but famous people seem to like him? 🤷🏻‍♀️

🧘🏻‍♀️ Mindfulness Daily Free Daily Training Program from Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach

“Our Gift to You: A 40-Day Training Program from two of the world’s most respected and gifted meditation teachers, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.”
These two teachers are pretty awesome!

🧘🏻‍♀️ Jack Kornfield’s Pandemic Resources

Jack Kornfield has a Ph.D. in psychology and has been teaching for decades. He founded the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock in California with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein- two other very well-respected meditation teachers.

🧘🏻‍♀️ Spirit Rock Online Retreats

In response to current conditions, Spirit Rock’s Dharma programs offered solely online right now, are available on a $0-$1008 sliding scale basis through April 15, 2020. This includes retreats, classes, day retreats, and more. Give it a try!”

🧘🏻‍♀️ Eckhart Tolle Free Resources

Free resources from Eckhart Tolle and Kim Eng. Tolle became famous when Oprah became enthralled with his first book and shared him with her millions of followers by dedicating an entire online series to breaking down his second book, A New Earth, chapter by chapter.

🧘🏻‍♀️ Tara Brach’s Free Resources

From free meditations to weekly live events, and more, Tara Brach is a wonderful mindfulness meditation teacher and psychologist. Brach focuses a lot on self-compassion, which is fundamental to improving your mental health. She has a stellar book called “Radical Compassion” and has made the RAIN technique a popular in meditation practice.

🧘🏻‍♀️ Commune Website Free Resources

There are free classes offered that you can access for limited periods. I can’t speak to any of their classes specifically. Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra are some of the teachers listed on their site. Commune might be considered more ‘new age-y’.

🧘🏻‍♀️ Sounds True: Free Resources

Sounds True Resilience in Challenging Times Mindfulness resources. Sounds True includes teachings by Thich Naht Hanh (read his books!!), Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, and many more teachers that I am more partial to in my personal practice.

🧘🏻‍♀️ Hay House

Articles, videos, meditations, and other free resources. Hay House became more well known from the HEAL documentary and includes teachers like Dr. Joe Dispenza and Dr. Wayne Dyer. Hay House might also be more on the ‘new age-y’ side of spiritual practices.

🧘🏻‍♀️ Shinzen Young

Free and paid resources from Shinzen Young. I’ve heard that his mobile app is free right now but I haven’t found the details yet.

📱 Innermap App by Mitra Manesh

Free 3 months – Mitra is one of the mindfulness meditation teachers at UCLA’s MARC- she’s awesome and has a new app that she’s offering a 3-month subscriptions. She’s does personally coaching and also teaches at large corporations.

🧘🏻‍♀️ is offering free meditations and yoga classes on their Instagram

🧘🏻‍♀️ Wanderlust TV – 30 days free

Wanderlust festivals classes and resources “The Wanderlust TV platform does require you to enter a credit card upon signup, but you won’t be charged during your free period”

🧘🏻‍♀️ Lake Shrine Temple, Los Angeles

One of my favorite places to meditate on the Westside (besides the beach early in the morning) is Lake Shrine Temple. I was just told that they have some meditations online, which I found here:

🧘🏻‍♀️The Awake Network

The Awake Network compiled a giant list of all free, online, meditation resources that have been made available during this time. It includes a lot of what I’ve listed and more!