Rather than just gathering testimonials, there are those among us who have analyzed all the reports we can find from participants in Mindweather 101 (also available here) Those of us who participated, in our professional capacities, in the gathering and analysis of this research felt it important to share the key themes that were found that pertain to deeper, more sustainable healing. Although the material presented here is experiential in regards to Mindweather this is not an endorsement of any particular mindfulness practice, class or program but rather a presentation of what those of us who have researched and studied these effects have discovered to be valuable in mindfulness based approaches generally and as it relates to sustainable healing.
Four themes stood out:
1. Enjoying + relatable: Pleasant, positive emotional experience that also felt approachable.
- I love this class… Just watching the first video, I seriously got goose bumps. Like, full on goose bumps.
- One thing I really liked is the course took a very gentle approach… I also like the casual feel and the humor…you are doing a great job keeping it human.
- I like the graphics and presentation – the pictures, quotes, the music.
- The class acknowledges that these problems can be complex, and doesn’t send out the message to ‘just do this, and you’ll be better.’
- The class was realistic and didn’t paint too rosy or too negative of a picture.
- I like that the class caters to lots of kinds of situations. The class felt approachable and easy to understand…I felt welcome.
- I have liked the conversational style of the lessons that is supported by interviews with scholars/practitioners. The class is really down to earth and straightforward. It talks to me at my level and not in a ‘professor to student’ way, and I really appreciate that. I can really relate with what the ‘professors’ are talking to me about.
- I love that it’s a video class. I’ve tried some online classes before, but they were almost completely reading. My eyes got tired and my mind wandered. Watching a video is much more interactive and interesting…I learn a lot better hearing someone talk to me than I do reading someone’s essay online.
2. Newfound hope: I learned solid reasons for feeling more optimistic about what is possible for me/my loved one.
- As I watched Mindweather, it renewed a hope in me not only that I personally could recover from my anxiety and PTSD, but that I could help others do that as a mental health professional.
- I liked the open way of looking at things…. I felt hopeful after doing the lessons. I like the message of hope that things can get better – and how upbeat the lessons are about the problem & solutions.
- Mindweather came into my life at a time when I needed it – just when I was starting to feel hopelessness again. It reminded me of things I’d learned before and look into what grounds me – and re-pursue some things I had let go and things that had made me happy.
- My own problems with depression, despair, etc have compounded over the last year…watching the lessons was reassuring because it actually made me feel less crazy!
- The Mindweather course inspired much hope and progress in my own recovery.
- Understanding neuroplasticity better renewed my hope.
- it showed me that recovery is possible for me and for others.
- Nice intro on neuroplasticity. It is huge that people know that no matter how old they are, the brain can still develop…it provides hope forever.
- I knew about neuroplasticity because I have been in the field learning over the last 15 years. What I didn’t understand was the tremendous negative impact that not knowing this has had on our community. This hurts…a lot…. I had no idea that so many people thought their brains were permanently ruined. This makes me so sad. Sad for the lack of hope [contributing to a] process of living to give up rather than living to get better.
- I loved the information on neuroplasticity…and the amount of time emphasizing the importance of believing the brain is capable of change.
- I love the idea that we are hurting because we are feeling the pain of what is wrong and that FULL recovery is the goal! I look forward to being a part of this paradigm shift…spreading the word.
3. Newfound confidence: Came away feeling more confident in my ability to support others.
- I am a religious leader with some women in my congregation with mental health issues we are all a bit afraid of. Watching just part of the online class, has helped calm my fears about facing these issues with love, compassion, and charity.
- Thank you so much for these lessons. I am learning so much and receiving guidance to help my daughter who is struggling with depression and an eating disorder. I am traveling to see her next week, and I am really anxious to watch the next lesson to give me insight of what I can and should be doing to help her. I have also shared this website with her so I hope we will be able to go through these together and/or talk about them.
- Mindweather talks a lot about relationships and connectedness – I liked how it points to regular people helping those with emotional or mental issues…Who does that anymore? No one has time….Again, I love how it tries to bring people together [and] helps me be more understanding.
- As a Primary Care physician, many of my patients are dealing with emotional pain which affects both their mental and physical health. Mindweather 101 has taught me new perspectives I can share with my patients to help them make sense of their experiences, cope with overwhelming feelings, and find relief. I plan on continuing to refer motivated patients here to learn more about their emotional health on their own timetable and in the convenience of their own home.
4. Learned things I never knew before helpful to my recovery: This brought me new insight on my own healing path.
- It poses open-ended questions to ask yourself – deeper reflection to find what’s best for you.
- Mindweather 101 gave me valuable direction and insight I needed to move forward. I gained great knowledge and comfort from many of the experiences and counsel shared. I know I will be coming back to it again and again for further help and to remember all of the great information I learned. I would recommend this to anyone.
- On a personal note, the Mindweather course also inspired much hope and progress in my own recovery, and I have healed tremendously (with a lot of hard work). I’m still a work in progress, of course, but I don’t think I would have been able to get here if I hadn’t started this course.
- Mindweather 101 compassionately explains how the mind works; how to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings; how to accept them non-judgmentally, no matter how bad we think they are; and how to let go of them; how the brain is plastic, how negative thoughts have made neural pathways in the brain through frequent repetition, but how exercising the mind in new thoughts produces new neural pathways, which change our experience in life.
- Mindweather 101 is a class …allowing those who have experience in some form or relation with depression – likely all people – to explore, in a compassionate way, the possibility for change and growth simply by allowing things to be as they are, or to access presence in one’s own life. It is an opportunity to transcend flawed or outdated ideas, and instead, make room for hope. I feel that all people could benefit from participation in this class. It is compatible with Eckart Tolle’s mindfulness teachings in The Power of Now. It is a thoughtful and beautifully written curriculum that can be beneficial to all. I, for one, loved it.