Open to the Present Moment

With Kelly McGonigal, PhD

In this mindfulness challenge, learn how to use your breath as an anchor to the present moment and incorporate movement to explore sensation of your body.

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About Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. Her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Through the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, she helped create Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training, a program now taught around the world that helps individuals strengthen their empathy, compassion, and self-compassion. You might know her from her TED talk, "How to Make Stress Your Friend," which is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, with over 20 million views.

Her new book, The Joy of Movement, explores why physical exercise is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. You can learn more about Dr. McGonigal and her work at her website.

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  1. Suzette Misrachi March 26, 2020 at 5:57 am

    I loved this presentation. It really felt relaxing and gave me some great ideas to improve my personal and professional practice. Thank you Kelly!
    Suzette Misrachi, Melbourne, Australia
    Author of: “Lives unseen: unacknowledged trauma of non-disordered, competent Adult Children Of Parents with a Severe Mental Illness” and various brief articles I’ve been invited to write on grief and trauma aimed at mental health practitioners which I then offer for free to the general public (see

  2. Sarah March 25, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Very relaxing. Very helpful. I’ve been focusing on my breath at night before I go to sleep. It gives me a sense of wellbeing. I focus less on my thoughts and fall asleep very quickly.

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