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The Center for Mindfulness and The Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion

Ongoing news such as the pandemic or the upcoming election may have some of us feeling anxious and worried. UC San Diego, Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, and The Center for Mindfulness have developed some 'easy to access' resources to help create a sense of "equanimity."

Equanimity is a spaciousness and balance of heart and mind. The balance in our hearts and minds in the midst of everything when we recognize that life is not in our control. Equanimity doesn't mean "indifference", rather a balanced engagement with it all. "Equanimity embraces the loved and the unloved, the agreeable and the disagreeable, the pleasure and pain. It eliminates clinging and aversion." Jack Kornfield

Take a few minutes for yourself to find harmony amid stressful times by listening to a guided mindfulness session (

Find equanimity and compassion to bring to yourself and the events of the world. You can also check out other free, live practice sessions and recordings below.

To attend any of the sessions listed below, you must click on the session you want to attend and register. You will then receive an email with the password needed to join. Visit this link to learn How to Use the Zoom Meeting Platform.


Day & Time ​Session Topics
Monday, May 10, 2021
​12:30 pm - 1:00 pm PT
Taking a Breath to Reduce Anxiety with Helen Kim
​5:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT
Taking a Breath to Reduce Anxiety with Helen Kim
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
​10:30 am - 11:30 am PT
​60-Minute Practice & Sharing with Noriko Harth
​12:30 pm - 1:00 pm PT
​Open Awareness with Noriko Harth
​5:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT
Caring for Your Body with Kind Attention with Renee Lewis
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
​12:30 pm - 1:00 pm PT
Open Awareness with Helen Kim
​3:30 pm - 4:30 pm PT
Helping the Caregiver to a Better Night's Sleep with Cynthia Goodman
​5:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT
Caring for Your Body with Kind Attention with Helen Kim
Thursday, May 13, 2021
​8:00 am - 8:30 am PT
​Self-Compassion: Soothing Touch, Kind Words, Common Humanity with Sara Schairer
​12:30 pm - 1:00 pm PT
​Loving-Kindness with Kalika McClure
​5:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT
Compassion with Equanimity with Noriko Harth
Friday, May 14, 2021
​12:30 pm - 1:00 pm PT
​Loving Awareness Sitting Meditation with Kalika McClure

​Saturday, May 15, 2021
​10:00 am - 11:00 am PT
60-Minute Practice & Sharing with Renee Lewis
Featured Recordings

Find the rest of our recordings here:

Longing for Compassion with Equality in the World with Deborah Rana

Taking a Breath to Reduce Anxiety with Noriko Harth

Care for the Caregiver with Deborah Rana

Open Awareness Meditation with Renee Lewis

Steadying the Heart with the Breath with Megan Prager

Giving & Receiving Compassion with Noriko Harth


Please fill out our Online Session Feedback Form upon completion of any of the above sessions.

Find audio recordings of our live online sessions and other short meditation sessions on our Soundcloud playlist: Short Mindfulness & Compassion Meditations 

Resources & Tools

Visit our Resources & Tools Page to find more support regarding COVID-19.