On Veterans Day 2020, we launched our partnership with The Chopra Foundation. Together, we will ensure that one million veterans get access to proven mind-body tools and support so they can experience enhanced resilience, purpose, and well-being for themselves and their families.
Watch our Veterans Day webinar below. It was an engaging and provocative discussion around how to support returning veterans in rediscovering meaning, purpose, and joy in their lives through mindfulness, meditation, and a supportive community.
Participants included our own Jon Macaskill, Jacqueline Shorrock, and Quentin Finney, as well as Poonacha Machaiah (CEO of The Chopra Foundation), Joe Musselman (founder of The Honor Foundation), and Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP (world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and best-selling author of over 91 books).
As part of this partnership, we launched the HERO (Health and Emotional Resilience Operator) mental chatbot on our website. With HERO, you can access confidential tips and programs for greater resiliency and well-being via Facebook Messenger or text. Over time, HERO will be expanded to provide more programming and support to our veteran community. (Note that when you access HERO via Facebook Messenger from our website, the chat will move to the Messenger app on mobile or to the Facebook tab on desktop, so you won’t see the responses in the chat on our website. You must go to the app or Facebook site to engage with HERO.)
“The Chopra Foundation is proud to join forces with Veteran’s PATH to help combat the challenge of veteran suicide in our society,” says Poonacha Machaiah, CEO of The Chopra Foundation.
“This is not an issue that should stay in the barracks or VA hospitals, this problem affects us all as Americans and human beings,” says Dr. Deepak Chopra, founder of the Chopra Foundation. “It is imperative that we take a stand to help our veterans, not just with mental health, but to assist them in achieving true happiness in their civilian lives.”
By making mental health and support tools more accessible to veterans, The Chopra Foundation and Veteran’s PATH hope to make veteran suicide an issue of the past
Free Online Mindfulness Training
eMindful is an online platform that promotes health, happiness, and performance by delivering evidence-based mindfulness programs that apply to everyday life, as well as healing from chronic conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression.
We’ve partnered with eMindful to offer a free, online mindfulness training called Journey Forward: The M.M.A.P. For Success (Military Mindfulness Action Practices). Based on 10+ years of helping tens of thousands of people become more focused and less stressed in everyday life, this popular program has been optimized to fit Veteran life. In shorter, more interactive sessions, veterans can connect with expert teachers and other veterans to develop the skills that improve health, happiness, and performance.
How to sign up
- Create an account on eMindful using our sign-up link
- Fill in your information and follow the steps to share more about your level of experience and intentions
- Once you’ve created your profile, select “programs” from the top menu
- Select “Journey Forward: The M.M.A.P. For Success”
- Select a date to register
- Fill out a pre-assessment
Download step-by-step instructions for registering online and setting up the eMindful app on your mobile device.
Learn to Meditate Video Series
Everyone’s talking about neuroplasticity, the ability to train and change your brain all the way down to the level of creating neural pathways and growing the prefrontal cortex. In this video series, led by former US Air Force pilot Mark Williams and physical conditioning expert and former powerlifting coach Bill Filter, you’ll learn the tools to upgrade your brain, the native “OS and hardware,” that you’re bringing to every moment in life.
This 14-part series systematically teaches you exercises that change your fundamental understanding of your mind, body, and nervous system. You’ll develop a toolbox that gives you the ability to control your mind and body for better living and enhanced performance – whether at work, at home or at play. Applying the tools of meditation means new choices come alive – no more living on autopilot and sighing wistfully as life passes you by. Give yourself the capacity to connect with others deeply and directly by uncovering who you really are.
Episode 1 | The Internal Selfie
Episode 2 | The Body Electric
Episode 3 | The Dimmer Switch
Episode 4 | Your Tool Box
Episode 5 | The Murky Depths
Episode 6 | Microtelescopic
Episode 7 | Splish Splash
Episode 8 | SMILEYmind
Episode 9 | Practice Perfect
Episode 10 | Everybody Everywhere Everytime
Episode 11 | Lose Your Training Wheels
Episode 12 | The Big Payback
Episode 13 | Joyful
Episode 14 | Balancing Act
Veteran’s PATH Podcast
Our podcast is hosted by Jon Macaskill, a Navy SEAL Commander turned Mindfulness Teacher. Find interviews with veterans, athletes, corporate leaders and many others who’ve overcome obstacles or adversity and found peace through the practices of meditation and mindfulness. Each individual is breaking down the stigma of pursuing mental health and making it a priority – improving and saving lives.
Dr. Erik Won & Ret. Navy Seal Commander Ned Mason – discuss tech being used at Wave Neuroscience to address Brain Health, Brain Injuries, PTSD, Depression & Anxiety and other issues in the mental health space.
Rhonda Magee – law professor and mindfulness teacher speaks on how mindfulness can help to understand racial justice.
Randy Hoffman – USMC Force Recon Colonel speaks about struggle of coming home.
Rick Hanson – Mindfulness and Resilience expert speaks about how mindfulness can increase grit and positively influence our outlook.
Richard Miller – iRest founder speaks on meditation and nondualism.
June Moss – Army veteran discusses going from homeless single mother to thriving Veterans Affairs worker thanks to Veteran’s PATH and meditation.
Veteran Led Meditations
Join veteran leaders for short meditations and exercises that will support and ground you, whether you’re exploring meditation and mindfulness for the first time or have an established practice.
Matthew Kruse | Daily Mindful Moment
Ricky Delgado | Being in Our Bodies
Matt Huffman | Breathing Through Anxiety