It has been a very long time since my last email message to this wonderful and diverse community. Like many of you, I have been doing my best to navigate these constantly challenging times. Perhaps ‘challenging’ doesn’t even begin to describe them? Even though I have not been emailing, as I was doing for a concerted period during the pandemic from March 2020 – March 2021, neither this course nor this community has been far from my thoughts. As you may be aware, we launched a major update a few months ago, and I have been fortunate to have received many messages from course participants. I’ve even been able to talk with some of you over Zoom.
As this year slips, slides, and staggers towards its end, I’m writing today mostly just to check-in with you. This time of the year can be stressful and difficult even in the best of times, so I’m more than aware that many of you are probably struggling right now ...
During the 2020/21 COVID19 pandemic, Chris Goto-Jones started writing periodic emails to the participants of the MOOC DeMystifying Mindfulness on Coursera and FutureLearn. Following requests to put them all in one place, they are reproduced here.