Mindful Veterans Connection
We are Mindful Veterans -- To learn about us -- and possibly join
us -- see this brief video produced by the World
Mindfulness Project called GIFT :
WHAT IS THIS SITE?
Welcome to Mindful
Veterans Connection, a web-based community sponsored by the Mindful
Veterans of Delaware (MVD). This site is run by and for US Military
Veterans and Active Duty personnel. This page tells you who we are and
what we are hoping to do. Click forum tab to go to the main page
of the forum to start reading. Members please use log-in tab
You can read this site without joining but need to register (and then
use log-in from then on) to use downloads or post to any topics .
THIS IS OUR STORY:
In 2015 we started
this site specifically for those who have graduated from the Wilmington
VA's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as created and
run by Dr. Jenna Tedesco starting in 2009. Until recent changes by the
Wilmington VA leadership, Dr Tedesco had bi-weekly (or more) sessions
for graduates of all her MBSR and related Mindfulness groups at the
Wilmington, Delaware VAMC.
When founding this website in 2015 we thought that having a place on
the web to share info and communicate was a good idea so one of our
members with experience in web communities set up this free board/forum.
Since starting this site we've grown and now have registered members
around the USA and internationally -- including veterans from India,
The Philippines and the United Kingdom; we also have unregistered visitors
visit our site regularly from around the world as well.
staff and researchers are also welcomed here. Mindfulvets.net is NOT
an official VA site, but we have the support and input of Dr. Tedesco
and other mindfulness experts.
Mindful Veterans Connection's purpose is two fold:
1. To provide mindfulness information resources relevant to veterans,
2. To grow a virtual veterans peer-support presence online as we grow
Our members come to us with challenges from all sorts of conditions,
to include Physical Disabilities,Depression, PTSD, Agent Orange Syndrome,
Parkinsons, Chronic Pain, Anger Management etc. We all have found that
the MBSR training -- and our on-going involvement in our graduate weekly
groups -- have made major, often dramatic improvements in how we cope
and live our lives. We often talk among ourselves about 'life before
mindfulness v. life after mindfulness'. To a man -- and woman --
we all speak of how much mindfulness has changed our lives -- for the
better. In some cases, even saving our lives.
In our weekly groups
we do meditation together and have discussions of our mindfulness practices.
Having others to do this with is extremely supportive of our individual
efforts. To be able to have somewhere to turn to discuss mindfulness
as it applies to our own lives is a wonderful thing. Our current small
Delaware Vets group meets weekly for two hours and has evolved into
a caring group. We do take care of each other, even outside of the group.
Life-long friendships have been established as well. So, we felt that
we'd like to share this "mindfulness thing" with more Vets
in hopes of giving them the tools to deal with their challenges just
as we have thankfully been helped with ours. It is our hope that in
time this internet platform of the MVD can be of use to vets all over
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE &
HANGING A WELCOME SIGN:
Early in 2016 we
decided to extend an open invitation to all veterans around the country
and the world. If you are a military Veteran interested in mindfulness
as a tool for helping you cope with your military experience - including
combat experience - we welcome you to visit and peruse our site. Please
contact us if you have any questions.
Also, we are also looking for veteran graduates from a Mindfulness-based
training program or therapy group to help us build this virtual community.
(MBSR, MBCT, etc) Further, if you are a VA Staff Mindfulness Leader
and are interested in joining our web group, we welcome you so please
send a message to the administrator of this board by
As more and more
Vets take the MBSR and other mindfulness-based training as part of their
holistic medical care and treatment at the VA, we think it will be good
for them to have this site as a mindfulness information resource and
as well to have the on-line support of fellow mindfulness practitioners
as a virtual community of and for veterans.
The development and direction of this board will depend entirely on
all who join us and what they contribute over time, built by veterans
for veterans with the support of our wonderful VA mindfulness staff.
Those of us already
in the MVD group know from personal experience the power of mindfulness
practices to deal with our challenges because it's helping us now. We
want to share this experience and insight with more vets, so hope that
more of them will discover the great value of this research-backed approach
to healing. We hope this web board can be a place for them to come and
find kindred spirits, to help them build their mindfulness practices
in their daily lives. We have recently added a page on Facebook to serve
as a place to discuss and promote the themes of our website: It is located
This board is free,
hosted by ProBoards(yes, there are some banner ads but they're not intrusive).
The hosts (ProBoards) have a long list of things that are prohibited,
or of expectations for behavior/speech while using this forum. The obvious
ones are, NO: hate speech, pornography, threats of violence, etc. The
link to the full page of community standards of our host (ProBoards) is
below, but in short form, this is what we ask of participants on this
1. Treat each other
with respect and loving kindness in a spirit of non-judgmental mindfulness
(This should be all the rule we need really).
2. Please, none of
following: advertising or commercial information, obscenity, ideological,
political or religious proselytizing or commentary.
3. This board is NEVER
a substitute for professional care -- in crisis or emergency situations
members should not post here, but call primary care,911 or the
Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, then push "1".You
can always communicate with others on the board, but when you need immediate
help this is not the place.
4. We want ours to
be a mindful, caring and compassionate web space. Failure to honor the
spirit of the board will lead to removal of content without warning and
in some cases to offending member being banned. Of course we don't expect
this to happen on a mindfulness board, but, alas, trolls abound and we
need to forewarn them.
and on board, before you actually participate we ask you to please read
and heed the ProBoards
Community Guidelines here.
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to help us cover our technical costs, please see our
GoFundMe.com page HERE.