Updated: Jun 21, 2022
Come join Aortic Hope on our YouTube channel as we offer our first Mindfulness Town Hall Event with Survivor, Tom Bassarear.
Tom survived a Type B aortic dissection in November 2020 and spent 9 days in ICU during Covid lockdown. Tom had two surgeries in 2021 where six stents were placed in his aorta. At this point, the aorta has stabilized and he has CT scans every six months.
Tom has been practicing mindfulness for 42 years. Although anxiety and depression runs in his family, because of mindfulness he don't take drugs for anxiety and depression. Instead, he is able to use mindfulness practices to work with those thoughts and emotions when they arise--and they have arisen almost daily since the dissection!
In this 90 minute workshop, Tom will offer five basic mindfulness practices, beginning with mindfulness of breathing and mindfulness of the body, which can be used at any time of the day or night in any situation. Mindfulness is a state of mind in which one pays attention to what is happening with an attitude of curiosity and kindness. Note that meditation is when one practices mindfulness for a period of time. This workshop is about mindfulness not about meditation. Tom will end with several handouts which can be used immediately.