Navigating these Times with Mindfulness & Compassion - COVID-19 Response

Hello Friend,

As we face this unprecedented moment and global pandemic, our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone who is impacted-- everyone who is suffering from COVID-19, who is struggling with anxiety, fear and overwhelm, everyone caring for loved ones, parents home with their kids, employees working remotely and those who find themselves out of work; in other words, all of us. This is a moment to inhabit our common humanity: to recognize how connected and interdependent we all are, to turn towards this present moment and to do so with as much compassion as we can.

Resources for Resilience
As we face a roller coaster of feelings and reactions, we believe that proactively cultivating skills for individual and collective resilience are essential. SIYLI has put together a ‘resilience resource list’ and below are additional ways to support you in fostering connection with yourself and your community.

What this Means for SIY
Our global community of mindfulness and emotional intelligence practitioners is at the center of everything we do. As our goal is to support you in thriving throughout your life, SIYLI has cancelled many of our upcoming in-person programs and will be taking a precautionary approach to in-person gatherings. In the meantime, we encourage you to join our global community online and connect with us directly about offering SIY virtually to support your team over the next few months. 

Leaning into Community
We have been so moved to see people coming together in these times-- from stories of streets of people singing from their balconies, to those supporting elderly or at-risk neighbors with grocery shopping, to our own SIY teacher who is organizing the #PandemicOfLove to match thousands of families in need with those who can help in her community. SIYLI’s vision is that our global community works toward a more peaceful world in which all people feel connected and act with compassion. We are grateful to see this vision come to life through continued acts of kindness during this difficult time. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information, resources or support or if you have any questions. 

May we all stay healthy and find ease during these times, and may we remember that we’re in this together.

Sincerely & with love,
from all of us at SIYLI






Resilience Resources

  • SIYLI has put together a ‘resilience resource list’ to support you throughout these times with practices for cultivating mindfulness, resilience and connection. 
  • We also put together a specific resource page for those of you supporting your colleagues and organizations. 

Resources from our Partners


Practice in Community

  • Spirit Rock’s wonderful ‘Monday Night Talk and Sit’ with Jack Kornfield and Friends - 7:15pm PST
  • Mindful.org is hosting [email protected] practice sessions every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:00p.m. ET
  • Greater Good Science Center’s Daily Dose of Togetherness: Mon-Fri, 12-1:50pm PST, March 23 - April 5
  • Sounds True Resilience in Challenging Times: free access to daily video sessions and webinars
  • The Awake Network’s Mindful Living Summit: 4 day, free offer with daily practices and sessions, March 19-22
  • Mindful Leader: Mon-Fri, March 23 - April 3rd, daily meditation and support groups for 30 minutes; see their website for times as they vary each day. 


Connect with Support

For people, families and businesses who have been affected by COVID-19, get financial help-- or if you're in a position to help those in need, please see the C19 Help Squad.