An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for Healing Intergenerational Trauma

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Rev. Ronné Wingate Sims, DMin

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for Healing Intergenerational Trauma

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What You'll Learn

  • Be led in an introductory guided mindfulness practice in order to settle, develop a compassionate and nonjudgmental relationship with your thoughts and feelings, and become more present

  • Explore how mindfulness practice can be a portal into appreciating both the wisdom and struggles of our ancestors, and a method to heal intergenerational trauma

About Rev. Ronné Wingate Sims, DMin

Rev. Dr. Ronné Wingate Sims is a Baptist preacher who creates culturally relevant healing spaces for people working through trauma. She serves as Executive Minister at Imani Community Church (Oakland, CA) and is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop convener on the subject of trauma and mental health in the Black Community. She's also a meditation teacher for the Healthy Minds Innovations app. In January, Ronné was chosen as California’s Mother of the Year® 2021.

You can learn more about her work by visiting her website.

About Richard Davidson, PhD

Richie Davidson’s research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published over 465 articles, numerous chapters and reviews, and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of The Emotional Life of Your Brain, published in 2012, and co-author with Daniel Goleman Altered Traits, published in 2017. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 and appointed to the Governing Board of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in 2018.

To learn more about Dr. Davidson's work you can visit Center for Healthy Minds.

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  1. Cathy May 4, 2021 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    This practice helps me to SLOW DOWN and be aware. Truly helpful.

  2. Aileen Thatcher May 4, 2021 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the peacefulness I experienced.

  3. sirikul May 4, 2021 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I am happy .

  4. Ling May 4, 2021 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Gratitude mine to Rev. Ronne. Your beautiful smile is so special. Congratulations for the award.

  5. Angeles May 4, 2021 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Very nice guiding meditation,
    Tnks for sharing with us Rev. Ronné Wingate

  6. Lillian Delana May 5, 2021 at 12:54 am - Reply

    wow what a great session so grounded so practical and love how you guided us through this meditation Rev Ronne. This is my best session so far.

  7. Liz May 5, 2021 at 4:45 am - Reply

    There is beeping from a smoke detector or whatever it is. Really disturbing even when I try not to hear it. It is very loud. Can you retake this practice without the beeping?

    • Jane May 6, 2021 at 3:29 am - Reply

      I had the same issue. Was it BART or an underground railway as there was a rumbling all the time too? It was such as shame as the voice recording was so clear.

  8. Gary May 5, 2021 at 4:46 am - Reply

    There is beeping from a smoke detector or whatever it is. Really disturbing even when I try not to hear it. It is very loud. Can you retake this practice without the beeping?

  9. elizabeth winslow May 5, 2021 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I’m wondering if that sound was a time marker of some sort?

  10. Erika Poo Rivara May 5, 2021 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Beautiful moment, thank u for the guidance 🙏

  11. anne May 5, 2021 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    what an exquisite being, offering safety, openness and deep care. A beautiful example of what we can be. many thanks

  12. Penny May 5, 2021 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    A moment of calm and serenity. A lovely guided meditation. Thank you . Namaste

  13. Marylin May 5, 2021 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    …this summit is a very precious gift. Thank You.

  14. Alfreda McCray May 5, 2021 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Loved this practice. Thank you

  15. Barbara Barragan May 5, 2021 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Love the guidance of the practice! thanks a lot Rev. Ronné Wingate Sims, DMin

  16. Blanca A. Torres May 5, 2021 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Poderosa practica… muchas gracias.

  17. Romina May 5, 2021 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for this powerful healing practice. Love

  18. Dave May 5, 2021 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    When my wife and I heard the beeping, we stopped the program, and I went upstairs to look at our fire alarm. Nothing. We started again. More beeping. We stopped the program. I took a ladder upstairs and looked at the alarm. Nothing. Hard wired. No battery. Went back and finished the program. Amusing.

  19. Ydalia May 6, 2021 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Muchas gracias por la práctica, muy sanadora y reconfortante sobre todo cuando cargas con experiencias pasadas dolorosas.

  20. Anjali May 6, 2021 at 2:26 am - Reply

    Thank you Rev. Ronnie for leading us into meditation practice. Be it any religion, awareness, mindfulness, appreciation and gratitude always place a vital role in well being.
    Thank you and love and regards from India

  21. Janina May 6, 2021 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Wonderful practice, Ronnè. Thank you so much!

  22. Atyang May 6, 2021 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    For a very long time, I saw my emotions as my true Identity and thought that I was at its mercy, especially when dealing with very strong emotions of unworthiness, angry at my contribution to where I am at. Upset for not loving myself when I should have, not appreciating how strong and resilient I am. Thank you for allowing me to see the greatness within me.

  23. Polly May 6, 2021 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    After such a busy morning so glad I use this to slow down at work! Thank you! Love from Long Beach!

  24. Marie May 6, 2021 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    I appreciate and love this meditation, Thank you so much

  25. Ingrid Otepka May 6, 2021 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Deeply thank you

  26. Linda May 6, 2021 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    I was able to identify my feelings of profound sadness and anxiety concerning the issues of racial inequality and injustice, from the time my ancestors were enslaved in America, to present day. When Rev. Ronne’ spoke of giving thanks to those before you, related by blood or struggle, my eyes burned with tears, thanking those ancestors of mine who were strong and resilient enough to survive the horrors of the Middle Passage.
    Thank you for this meditation that addressed, for me, intergenerational trauma.

  27. Sofia May 6, 2021 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    The most powerfull practice I have done this days! Tank you so much!!

  28. Kervelle May 6, 2021 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    This was such a great session. Thank you Dr. Sims.

  29. Sabine Kaspari May 7, 2021 at 2:57 am - Reply

    It was a delightful meditation, thank you very much. I did not hear any disturbing sound but those of my thoughts, which came up from time to time;-)
    One of these thoughts has to do with the critical part in me. I was wondering, where the “Healing Intergenerational Trauma” part took place. Is it the moment, where we thank our anchestors? Can it be that simple?

  30. Gundula May 8, 2021 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Wonderful! I feel peace and love! Thank you so much!

  31. Lorraine May 8, 2021 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    So calming that I want to listen to it before bedtime in order to really relax

  32. Maria Cristina Aniceto May 8, 2021 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I missed the Summit, and I apreciate the fact that the material is available on line! i will invite myself to go through it all, doing the guided practices, at may own pace… I am awfully thankful for this precious gift!

  33. Trish May 10, 2021 at 9:54 am - Reply

    That is so funny. Although I found the meditation so helpful, when I read the comments of other people experiencing the periodic beeping, I felt relieved. I had experienced the same beeping noise as I started listening last night. I went downstairs to turn off my house alarm after standing in the kitchen trying to figure out which door/window alarm was beeping and needing a battery. I went back upstairs ~ turned Rev Ronné’s meditation back on and again heard what appeared to be a smoke detector needing a battery ~ beeping periodically. I am so grateful that other people commented that it was on the tape itself. I didn’t even imagine that wad the case. I didn’t end up using any ladders to go up into the attic, but thank you for helping me out and saving part of my day today. I was going to change batteries in my smoke detectors around the house.

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