Mindful Veterans Connection
We are Mindful Veterans Connection, a web-based community sponsored by the Mindful Veterans of Delaware (MVD), http://mindfulvets.net.
Mindful Veterans Connection was founded by US military veterans who get medical care from the Wilmington Delaware VA Hospital and who are graduates of the VA's former MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and other Mindfulness-based programs.
We are NOT affiliated with or approved by the VA but are supported and informed in our efforts by Dr. Jenna Tedesco, who founded and ran the MBSR program at the Wilmington Delaware's VA Mindfulness Program from 2009 to late spring of 2018.
Unfortunately, the VA, in its wisdom, forced Dr. Tedesco out in May of 2018. Details on this are in a press release HERE. Dr. Tedesco is still very involved in helping veterans in Delaware and gives us input and guidance as we grow our website.
We also are informed -- and inspired -- by other outstanding Mindfulness teachers and leaders of Delaware, including Dr. Bill McCracken of the Delaware Center for Mindfulness and Delaware Technical Community College as well as Dr. James Walsh, mindfulness educator, leader, therapist and director of the GIFT mindfulness project in Delaware (see below), as well as other mindfulness clinicians and experts in our area and around the USA.
Read more: http://mindfulvets.net/#ixzz497m0sjuU
At present we have opened up our website for US Veterans and active duty military all over the country and the world. We are building a web space for veterans who are using -- or interested in using -- mindfulness principles and techniques in their post-military lives. We will soon begin web promotions and site upgrades.
As we grow to include mindful veterans from all over the world we will be upgrading our website's functionality, looking to enable web-based communications between veterans. With an improved website we will be able to connect more veterans with each other and resources; also, our planned upgraded website will also work closely with allied organizations of all types.
We are grateful for our present affiliation with a Mindfulness Project, GIFT (Global Initiative for Tomorrow) based in Delaware under the inspiring leadership of Sam Beard. www.sambeardgift.org . coordinated by Dr. James Walsh.
See a GIFT video featuring our Wilmington Del. veterans: https://vimeo.com/230247990
We believe strongly that mindful meditation as taught in the VA MBSR and MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) changes -- and even saves -- lives and greatly relieves the suffering of those who incorporate them into their lives and medical treatments. Our website is veterans reaching out to all veterans to share the tools of mindfulness which we have found to be game-changers and life-savers.
Our members are using MBSR principles and techniques to deal with PTSD, Parkinsons, Depression, Anger Management, Chronic Pain & Anxiety, Agent Orange Syndrome, and more. It works for us and we want to spread the word, not only to Vietnam era vets but now particularly to younger vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Any help with this will be deeply appreciated.
Dana Kenneth Lewis, US Air Force SSGT, 1966-1976
Web Site Administrator
mindfulvets.net, a site sponsored by the Mindful Veterans of Delaware Group, known as:
Mindful Veterans Connection
But, we are alive and kicking here at mindfulvets.net. We continue to gradually increase our membership, now including a number of VA staff and academic researchers, as well as more USA veterans across the country and internationally with veterans registered from the Philippines and India.
Our website traffic logs show us visitors from many countries around the world and most areas of the USA. We have not yet been able to upgrade our server to enable a high functioning web community online, but our group is growing as more veterans and active duty become interested in learning how MBSR and mindfulness can help them in their lives.
We are hoping to raise funds so that we can have a proper logo designed, and also to build a virtual community where veterans can gather 24/7 using chat, video -conferencing, on-line group meditations, peer-support and education.
If anyone with graphic design expertise can be found to design a logo pro bono, that too would be wonderful.
We thank those who have donated so far, both here on GoFundMe and privately off-line and hope that others can see their way to assist us to reach out to veterans through mindfulvets.net, 20 of whom die daily of suicide.
In a spirit of loving -kindness (called 'Metta'),
Dana Kenneth Lewis
Mindful Veterans Connection
We are slowly growing our site traffic and number of registered members. Recently we have had some VA professional experts join us on the site. Welcome to all who recently joined us.
Other news: Well, great news for the public -- Free mindfulness training in Delaware announced for 2018.
GIFT, www.sambeard.org , will provide various types of mindfulness training in 2018. The first half of 2018 schedule has been published. Since many of mindful vets' family and friends have expressed interest in learning more about mindfulness, we posted this on our website.
Note that the workshops are free -- except for a $2.50 registration fee. Details and schedule on following page:
Also, FYI, mindfulvets.net, formally dba "Mindful Veterans Connection" in New Castle County, Delaware will begin the process of becoming a non-profit organization.
And a big Thank You from the Mindful Veterans of Delaware group to all who have helped us so far with donations, it is much appreciated.
So we could use your help: We have set up a link which will take you to Amazon.com,and anything bought through that link will provide a small amount to us, which will go towards maintenance of the mindfulvets.net website.
We ask you to please use the link anytime you're shopping on Amazon.com and to share it with friends and family. Every little bit helps.
Here is the link:
Naturally your generous donations via gofundme are of course always welcome, particularly now as we are fundraising to do a major site upgrade and are far from our goal.
Thank you very much and wishing you and yours a Happy -- and Mindful -- Holiday Season.
DelTech Mindfulness Summit Attracts 108 Participants:
The First Annual DelTech Mindfulness Summit was a rousing success, with over 100 attendees! Johnny Gillespie of Empowered Yoga started us off with a wonderful exploration of movement from developmental, genetic, learned, traumatic, and aging perspectives. Dr. Diane Reibel of Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia delivered the morning keynote address, which helped us to have a clear conceptualization of what mindfulness is and is not, and reminded us of the many benefits of a mindfulness practice.
The panel of Mindfulness-based clinicians that followed gave valuable information about helping specific populations, including veterans, children, psychiatrically impaired adults, and college students.
The morning session closed with three guided mindfulness meditations that aroused (Karen Barwick’s “1 - 2 - 3” Exercise), enlivened (Dr. Holly Rogers’ dynamic breathing), and soothed (Dr. Jenna Tedesco’s lovingkindness meditation).
Our own GIFT founder and leader, Sam Beard, was the lunchtime keynote speaker and and helped us to “connect:” to our bodies, our minds, each other, and to the universe. Sam’s presentation reminded us that mindfulness practice has a strong spiritual component, and ultimately leads us back over and over to a transcendent point of view.
After lunch the focus shifted to Mindfulness in the workplace, and featured Michael Carrol, whose book “Awake at Work” has inspired many businesses to become mindful corporate cultures.
The afternoon panel discussed the nuts and bolts of cultivating a mindful culture in schools, hospitals, clinical mental health practices, and addiction treatment facilities, with many important “lessons learned” for what works and what doesn’t.
The day was closed out with a fine presentation from Dr. Holly Rogers, the founder of the Center for Koru Mindfulness, a teacher training facility in North Carolina(Duke University). Dr. Rogers presented evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness training for “emerging adults,” a category that includes people between the ages of 18 and 29. Most significantly, even brief mindfulness interventions have shown great efficacy in reducing human suffering.
GIFT used all available resources to help this Summit, and we are proud to be partnered with DelTech as they provide more and more opportunities for their staff, faculty, and students to cultivate mindfulness practices. Our hope is that our work together will truly help make Delaware “The First Mindful State.”
Read more: http://mindfulvets.net/thread/258/gift-newsletter-delaware-mindfulness-summit