Cambridge, February 14th 2020
Thor recently took part in an online conversation focussed on Nourishing Resilience.
The discussion — which honoured Black history USA and LGBTQ+ Month — saw Thor and Dr Ayo Yetunde sharing Buddhist and Mindfulness philosophy, contemplative practices and lived experience to nourish resilience through self-care, especially as we experience “othering” in spaces with dominant narratives.
As Thor pointed out in a subsequent Facebook post, they are not always obvious how being ‘different’ affects how they engage in groups and communities.
How aware are you?
Announcing Insight Timer live winter events
Cambridge, October 6th 2020
Thor has been invited by Insight Timer to host weekly live meditations for three months this winter as part of the platform’s inaugural season of events.
Join them for a weekly Mindful Monday Check in, a 15-minute guided Awareness – Breath and Body – Choice meditation to help you start your week well. Each weekly meditation will be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A, so you can benefit from both a practical and interactive space for you to practice moving from being critical to curious.
The first Live Event will be on Monday November 2nd at 5.15pm in the UK, 12.15pm on the US East coast and 9.15am on the US West coast. Make a note in your diary now and/or follow the link below and click ‘Add to Calendar’ to ensure you don’t miss it.
More information will be provided in the fortnightly Helpful newsletter. If you’ve not signed up already, click here to do so and get Helpful tips, tools and topics delivered straight into your inbox.
Learn how to do your own FIRST AID for FEELINGS in 10 days
Cambridge, April 26th 2020
The First Aid for Feelings course is now available on Insight Timer. This 10-day meditation centres on the fact that all feelings are information and it’s much more helpful to be curious than critical or dismissive.
When we are grappling with heightened thoughts, emotions and symptoms in one way shape or form, knowing First Aid to respond to your own feelings is an essential skill and knowledge to have. That’s why this course was created.
In the same way that medical first aid uses the mnemonic A-B-C (Airway, Breathing, Circulation), the First Aid for Feelings focuses on Awareness, Breath & Body and Choice.
Drawing on a deep understanding of how the body’s fight / flight / freeze response works, Thor uses Professor Linden’s 3-scoop ice cream analogy of the brain to explain how your current reactions to feelings and situations are strongly influenced by the evolutionary legacy of how the brain is structured.
This meditation course is informed by Thich Nhat Hanh’s practice of looking deeply. Thich Nhat Hanh is a zen buddhist, founder of the Order of Interbeing and recipient of the Global Peace Prize and Courage of Conscience award.
The best part is that you can listen to Day One of the course free on the Insight Timer app without even creating an account to see if it’s something that would be helpful for you.
You’ll only be asked to pay ($20) when you attempt to access Day Two. It’s also worth noting that purchasing the course enables you to listen to it via Insight Timer on the web or the app.
Get started now via Insight Timer: First Aid for Feelings
Proportionate and appropriate response to COVID- 19 / Coronavirus
Cambridge, March 11th 2020
The talk is also available in blog form. You can read it by clicking here.
Thor A Rain delivered this short talk (19 minutes) for fellow social entrepreneurs and colleagues in collaboration with Allia here at the Future Business Centre. The talk covers how your brain is driving your behaviour when it comes to COVID- 19 / Coronavirus and has practical and easy to implement advice on how to manage what you are thinking, feeling and doing as well as how to boost your immune system.
The Helpful Clinic is NOT a medical clinic.
This is NOT medical advice.
Thor A Rain is not a medical doctor.
If you would like to see the video with subtitles please watch the video on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/thehelpfulclinic
Impactathon – talking about feelings…
Cambridge, January 18th 2020
On 18 January 2020 The Helpful Clinic brought together a range of health activists as we posed the following question: Why is getting people talking about feelings so important?
We wanted to find out:
- The true cost of not talking about feelings
- The benefit of talking about feelings – how does talking about feelings work?
- Share and collect people’s stories of experiences and feelings
Cambridge, January 9th 2020
Thor A Rain was interviewed on Cambridge 105 Radio ahead of the Impactathon. You can listen to it here:
The Cambridge Independent covered our Impactathon on 18 January 2020. Read the article: ‘First Aid Kit for Feelings helps stay positive in a world in crisis’