Remember What Matters Most

With Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Learn a practice to help you come back to your body and breath in difficult moments so that you can remember what matters most to you

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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. Judy Angyalfy March 24, 2020 at 8:34 am

    I love the question: “What matters most?” And then filling the mind, and heart with the answer . This adds a new dimension to mind-full. What matters most to me is truth, kindness and those I love.

  2. Juanita March 24, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Thank you Kelly. I really enjoyed Mindful exercise to start my day.

  3. Vivian March 24, 2020 at 5:50 am

    Thanks, Kelly for being such a great facilitator. I really appreciate your calm. Its helpful for me when a person is calm.

  4. Marcos Dominguez March 24, 2020 at 1:55 am

    Thanks Kelly for all the mindful insights! Really helped me to connect with myself these days.

  5. Elena March 23, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    I think mindfulness is what helps me to go on in this circumstances. Staying in the moment helps me to be more resilient and serve as a support for the others as well

  6. Kathy March 23, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks from my whole heart. I have been struggling with all of the bad news. However my family and friends that matter to me most are well at this point in time.
    I am so grateful to all of you for sharing your time, wisdom and compassion.

  7. Faye March 23, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you for the many mindfulness exercise during this time of pandemic.

  8. Donna Cooper March 23, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    This is yet another example of being able to connect with myself and those around me, without even being in others presence. The locking of the fingers just reminded that in that moment, it can be all about me, or whomever I choose, and still go wherever my mind takes me, and brings me back. Peaceful!!!!

  9. Channa March 22, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Many thanks to Kelly & the organizers.The whole programme was immensely useful.Wishing you more strength & success in the future events & activities.Thanks again!

  10. Wangui March 22, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing , you have helped me expand and deepen my practice.

  11. Jan Palucci March 22, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    Kelly thank you for sharing the practice of mindfulness with me. I am new to practice of mindfulness and Mindfulness Magazine for last 9 months. I am starting daily practice and I am feeling more energy and I am sleeping better. I am working on long standing issues with depression and can’t wait until feeling happier and uplifted with life. So needed right now due to world issues,

  12. Gail March 22, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    I really enjoyed the morning mindful practices everyday. I did not practice them in the morning but instead practiced in the afternoon as a way to bring calm to the middle of my day.

  13. Dr. Maynard Brusman March 22, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Magnificent Mindfulness Practice
    In deepest gratitude Kelly for your generosity, kindness and loving spirit. May your life be filled with what matters most to you as you continue your journey of serving others. Mindful(Usually)Maynard

  14. Nives March 22, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Dearest Kelly, I looked forward to your morning offering so much!!! You are so delightful that I was able to absorb your teachings. Incorporating the body was amazing. THANK YOU, Nives

  15. marilyn brubaker March 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    thanks so very much for sharing. It’s very helpful and makes one feel better

  16. Sally March 22, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you, Kelly, for these Mindful practices.
    Participating in them with you and others, was a deep blessing.

  17. Kevin J Waters March 22, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Kelly Thank you for bring all these great People together ! In essence to remind some of us, & refresh others of Practices that we/I may have taken for granted
    What matters most is that I’m not alone, & have others to share with, which helps to keep me Balanced ! Kevin

  18. Martha Romero March 22, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Graphics would really help. I am enjoying the summit but find that visuals help me remember. The pace, which I like, goes too fast to take notes.

  19. Paul March 22, 2020 at 11:49 am

    I really appreciated your sharing these simple acts of mindfulness in grounding as the world around me seems to full of concern. I feel more confident in going forward doing what I need to do thanks to your insight shared.

  20. Lauren March 22, 2020 at 10:44 am

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    • Hannah Carlton March 22, 2020 at 5:20 pm

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  21. Barbara March 22, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Thank you so much. The practice was great. I found all of the practices very helpful.

  22. Melinda DiCiro March 22, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Thank you so much for continuing this program even through this crisis. Its will help so many people get through this by remembering what is important and to bring our best selves to the situation.

  23. Diane Fraser March 22, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Dea Binbrook Ontario Canada
    I am so honored that I was invited to attend this has been an enormous encouragement and understanding of the Practice of Mindfulness

  24. Karma March 22, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I would like to thank you for the practice during such a difficult time.

  25. Lynda March 22, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Kelly, thank you for freely sharing four treasures with us.

  26. Bob March 22, 2020 at 8:23 am

    thanks for sharing

  27. Valerie kelly March 22, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Deepest gratitude.

  28. Kathy March 22, 2020 at 7:49 am

    This has been so helpful to me. The work is never easy and I want to thank you Kelly for your ideas and inspiration.

  29. Jill March 22, 2020 at 7:36 am

    May the light in me honor the light in you, Kelly. thank you

    • Jo March 22, 2020 at 7:50 am


      The simple, grounding practices are helpful- the interlocking fingers over the chest is one example.

      Thank you Kelly and all.


  30. Clara Lucia Hernandez March 22, 2020 at 7:17 am


    Lovely Mindfulness excercise to start the day!

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