COVID-19 Updates

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

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) evolving rapidly across the United States, our Center, The Sanford Institute, and the Compassion Institute will work together to provide daily streams and recordings of mindfulness and compassion sessions to provide resources and online support to those affected.

To attend any of the sessions listed below, click on the session you want to access. This will bring you to the live online session. Visit this link to learn How to Use the Zoom Meeting Platform.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness and Institute for Empathy & Compassion 
are conducting a brief research study to assess the effects of 
our meditation sessions during this difficult time.

  1. Click on the   icon below each session's link to participate
  2. There will be a short survey administered before and after each session
  3. Please try to complete surveys 5 minutes before and within 30 minutes after each session
  • This study is completely voluntary and your personal information will be kept confidential
  • Email our research team for any assistance at and/or 

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Day & Time ​Session Topics
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
​6:30 am - 6:50 am PT
​Mindful Self-Compassion for Caregivers with Deborah Rana
​9:00 am - 9:30 am PT
Caring for Your Body with Kind Attention with Renee Lewis
​10:30 am - 11:30 am PT
​60-Minute Practice & Sharing with Noriko Harth

​12:30 pm - 12:50 pm PT
Caring for Others While Not Losing Yourself with Judy Long
​3:00 pm - 3:30 pm PT
​Mindful Movement Ending with Body Scan with Noriko Harth

​5:00 pm - 5:20 pm PT
Caring for Others While Not Losing Yourself with Judy Long
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
​6:30 am - 6:50 am PT
​Finding Calm in the Storm with Marta Patterson
​12:00 pm - 12:30 pm PT
​Working with Strong Emotions with Renee Lewis
​5:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT
Working with Strong Emotions with Noriko Harth
​Thursday, August 6, 2020
​8:00 am - 8:20 am PT
Self Compassion: Soothing Touch, Kind Words, Common Humanity with Jennifer Miller
​9:00 am - 9:30 am PT
Equanimity Practice with Renee Lewis
​12:30 pm - 12:50 pm PT
​Settling the Mind with William Thiele
​3:00 pm - 3:30 pm PT
​Compassionate Body Scan with Noriko Harth
​5:00 pm - 5:20 pm PT
Settling the Mind with William Thiele
​Friday, August 7, 2020
​6:30 am - 6:50 am PT
​Accepting What is Here with Compassion with Cheryl Shah
​12:30 pm - 1:00 pm PT
​Stepping Back and Mental Noting with Renee Lewis
​5:00 pm - 5:30 pm PT
​Stepping Back and Mental Noting 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.