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August 17–26 2020

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Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD
Creator of Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®

Mindfulness alone has the potential to be more triggering than helpful for those with post-traumatic symptoms, but mindfulness used in a trauma-sensitive manner can be incredibly healing. A former US intelligence officer and an ordained Buddhist nun, Dr. Elizabeth Stanley is no stranger to the unique intersection of trauma and meditation. In this presentation, she’ll explore how we can work with mindfulness and trauma in a beneficial way.

Session Highlights:

  • The thinking brain and the survival brain—their different roles and ways of being affected by stress and trauma
  • The “window of tolerance” as a key component for healing
  • Three key patterns of dysregulation and how to identify them
  • Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®—critical skills for trauma-informed mindfulness
Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD

Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Stanley is an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University. She is the award-winning author of Paths to Peace and Widen the Window. She is the creator of Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®, taught to thousands in civilian and military high-stress environments. MMFT® research has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC Evening News, and NPR, as well as in Time magazine and many other media outlets. A US Army veteran with service in Asia and Europe, she holds degrees from Yale, Harvard, and MIT. She’s also a certified practitioner of somatic experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy.

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Meditation for Radical Change: The Revolution Starts Inside

Justin Michael Williams
Transformational speaker, musician, author

Meditation isn’t about relaxing—it’s about becoming more alive. And if you grew up in the struggle—overcoming homophobia, sexism, trauma, shame, depression, poverty, toxic masculinity, racism, or social injustice—you need a different type of meditation, one that doesn’t pretend the struggle doesn’t exist. Join Justin Michael Williams to learn how meditation can help you move from awareness to inspired action in this engaging session.

Session Highlights:

  • The two common myths that will ruin your meditation practice
  • Discovering your “Unique Energy Signature” so you can experience the freedom that is your birthright
  • Pinpointing the wounds that seem to be stopping you every time you try to grow
  • Spotting “internalized oppression” and turning your mess into magic
Justin Michael Williams

Justin Michael Williams

Justin Michael Williams is an author, transformational speaker, and top 20 recording artist who has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window to sharing the stage with Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, Williams knows well the pain of adversity and the power of healing to overcome. He has since been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Grammy.com, Billboard.com, The Advocate, Yoga Journal, and SXSW®. With his groundbreaking book, Stay Woke, and over a decade of teaching experience, Williams’s message of hope and empowerment has spread to more than 40 countries around the globe, particularly through his US “Stay Woke, Give Back” tour, bringing mindfulness to youth in underserved communities. Williams is dedicated to using his voice to serve, to being a beacon of hope for those who are lost, and to making sure all people, of all backgrounds, have access to the information they need to change their lives. Learn more at justinmichaelwilliams.com.

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The Wheel of Awareness: A Trauma Recovery Tool for Well-Being

Daniel J. Siegel, MD
New York Times bestselling author, neuropsychiatrist

Explore the mechanisms of the mind with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel in this fascinating interview—including how the “mind” refers to a lot more than just the brain. Dr. Siegel introduces us to the Wheel of Awareness, a tool for consciousness integration that has been shown to improve well-being and trauma recovery in thousands of patients. You’ll discover how both integrating and differentiating various parts of our mind and experience can support healing, as well as the importance of being able to access states of pure awareness.

Session Highlights:

  • How the nature of reality, energy, and quantum laws can affect our healing and potentiality
  • Consciousness as a multifaceted integration of mind, body, sensory experience, and relationship
  • Understanding how to use the Wheel of Awareness as a tool for working with trauma
  • The importance of moving out of plateau states of consciousness and into planes of possibility
Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel serves as the director of the Mindsight Institute and codirector of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Siegel is the author of The Mindful Brain and Parenting from the Inside Out. His internationally acclaimed bestselling text, The Developing Mind, has been utilized by a number of organizations including the US Department of Justice, the Vatican, and more. Dr. Siegel is the founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.

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  • Meryl says:

    Could Justin Micheal Williams be President? Please?!

  • Sandra says:

    Excellent! I have done meditation for years and continue to learn and shift in new ways from today

  • Joyce says:

    Thank you so much for making these sessions available for free. In the current environment many of us are mindful of every cent spent and so I am deeply grateful for the fleeting gift which I trust will have an enduring impact.

  • Paula Loughnane says:

    A big thank u to Sounds True for the insights gained and for your profound generosity in allowing free access to these amazing speakers.

  • Cindy says:

    Thank you for the valuable information and tools. Really timely for me and mwe. Gratitude for all you do at Sounds True.

  • Ajyay says:

    For the first time – I just felt understood.
    Thank you Liz.
    Brilliant hour spent.
    I will be looking into your MMFT training further.

  • Dr J Zeglinski says:

    Beautifully describes a complex integrative tool for healing. Thank you for this gift.

  • Julie says:

    Thank you for this! I listened to Elizabeth Stanley and loved it.

  • KC says:

    Wonderful series but I need more TIME! I was just watching the encore presentation by Justin Williams and right in the middle of the presentation it said I do not have permission to access this content! so disappointed!

  • Bob Sanfilippo LMFT says:

    Thank you. It was a cutting edge conversation vis-a-vis on the topic of The Wheel of Awareness, addressing overall trauma and finding meaning from the suffering of today’s pandemic.,

  • cindy says:

    some good info, likewise very disappointed all sessions were not available until mignight the 31st. Missed the vagal one which is what i was most interested in.

  • KenZekePhoenix says:

    “I am enough…We are enough!”-Loved Justin Michael Williams and all the Summit presenters . What a gift.

  • M says:

    Hello, first of all thank you so much for sharing this content. I myself had a chance to only view these last three videos in the Encore and would appreciate if you made the rest of them available to view maybe for some more time?

    Anyway, I would like to respond that the videos have been great and helpful and confirmed a lot of my internal instincts and views, so thanks again for sharing, this is very appreciated.

    I had an issue though, that while recovering from sexual traumas, I was doing great and was really trying to persuade myself that this will not happen again and that I am safe now. In fact this was not true, it did sadly happen again and all the strategies and rituals I had to help me stay focused and in the moment became a triggering thing for me. My window of functioning became so narrow that I don’t know how I made it and it certainly made me more vulnerable to this in a way. I knew I wasn’t ready to be social, but had no choice and it all became crashing. While I definitely believe that sense of safety is a vital thing for recovery, it is still hard to be in actual safety – this is the result of impunity and how society still considers these things ‘not that bad’ and so on. – I definitely agree with the mewe concept, thank you for sharing this.

    Actually one of the most relevant things what stands in the way of the society being able to work as a whole is I believe narcissism – Dr. Ramani and many others are doing great work in tackling these issues – I recommend.
    When dealing with these people, the uncertainty felt by them is different then just regular uncertainty of life options, I believe, as for all the gaslightning and the fact that the terror is always tailored to you no matter how many times you shift your life or believe that you have distanced yourself enough to be safe.. speaking from my experience with these people.

    Thank you again and hopefully my comment will leave some meaningful impact here and maybe you would have some advice to share?

    Thanks again –

  • Anna says:

    Wow. I have been a follower and learner of Dan’s for a long while now, but until recently could not get through the wheel of awareness meditation. Dan’s explanation of shame, and how we can thank it and understand it, has finally opened up this world of wholeness, and completeness, to me.

    Prior to now, I did in fact feel terror, shame and a deep sadness when trying to do the meditation. I kept trying however and recently discovered that with my children, I could make it through. Tonight, post lecture, I have listened all the way on my own, in a calm and ‘normal’ state.

    Thank you profoundly for making this teaching available to me for free today. I will continue to follow, listen, watch and read Dan’s material as long as I’m alive. (I frequently send people his way via YouTube, books, and so on!) I want him and you to know, how profoundly grateful I am for him, and for Sounds True for bringing us this teaching. I am in years as I write. Thank you.

  • Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin says:

    Excellent!!! Thank you! As a former conflict news reporter who spent time in Bosnia and other conflict zones in the 90’s, I am very interested and following up with Elizabeth! Thank you!

  • Cheryl C. says:

    I’m overwhelmed by the amount of information. I would literally have to put the rest of my life on hold to take advantage of all you have to offer in the time frame that it is available. Still, I found the information thoughtful and well-presented. The conversational aspect was most appealing.

  • Frank Klaver says:

    Thank you Sounds true

  • Nadine says:

    Thank you to Sounds True and the thoughtful presenters for sharing your knowledge. Also, for your heart felt desire to help others that manifested into what we have all been blessed to receive through The Trauma Skills Summit. I’m very grateful as I have benefited greatly from gaining a deeper understanding of how TRAUMA becomes manifested in the body and why it is important to feel as we heal as opposed to pushing our feelings down.
    From my heart to your heart, thank you 🙂

  • Kathryn Bishop says:

    I thought I could watch at my leisure to help me w my 14 y/o now I cant? I have to pay? Geez…I know we all gotta make $. Hope I can listen to it it was such a wonderful gift this whole thing.
    Thank you

  • Maria Nelida says:

    Estimado Jeffrey,
    Como otros participantes lo han expresado, el contenido de las presentaciones ha sido tan vasto y valioso, que se me hace necesario volver a verlos y escucharlos nuevamente. Soy psicóloga y agradezco la oportunidad de conocer a tantos profesionales de excelencia y aprovechar sus conocimientos y enseñanzas.
    Dada la difícil situación económica que estamos viviendo , especialmente en Argentina,no puedo acceder al upgrade y he solicitado scholarship.
    . Espero aún vuestra respuesta favorable y reitero mi felicitación por el evento.

  • Frank Klaver says:

    I was applauding Elizabeth at the end of the session! Looking forward to learning more.

  • monika branat says:

    i loved every bit of Justin’s presentation and practices and the song..you have made me a huge fun of YOU. Thanks a lot!!!

  • Barbara Vaughan says:

    Illuminating and exciting. Aren’t we lucky to have people dedicate their time to help us understand how we can heal and help others.

  • Maria Nelida says:

    Amazing gift knowing you Justin! Thanks a lot for connecting us from your heart..

  • Susan Lim says:

    Thank you soundstrue for this generous offering. Thank you Jeffrey and all the presenters for putting in their heart and soul to share their knowledge born out of hoping wellness for all…😢(so touched)
    Once again thank you all for this and the past summits. 🙏🌹

  • Jane says:

    Beautiful series with exceptional speakers.
    Thank you 🙏🏼

  • Maria Nelida says:

    Valiosísima presentación de Elizabeth Stanley.
    Gracias por compartir su saber de manera tan clara y reveladora.

  • Nicole says:

    I can’t express the amount of gratitude I feel for this offering. Thank you Sounds True. Thank you so so much!!

  • Melanie Raphael says:

    Thank you so much for this conference and for making it accessible and available for all. I have learnt so much. Thank you to all the speakers and to Sounds True !

  • Valerie says:

    Justin Michael Williams love and passion exuded through my screen. He was totally inspiring, and his beautiful heart touched me deeply. I have been in this question about where to take my work next, given the challenges of this pandemic…and this session has helped me find clarity.
    thank you Jeffrey and Sounds True, for gathering a welcome collection of voices.

  • Magdalena says:

    Superb variety of presenters with their very different angles on trauma recovery and healing. Thank you so much. I agree with the last comment – please a little more time! I wasn’t able to catch Thomas Hubl whom I particularly wanted to hear. Can we have an encore of Day 10? That would be absolutely wonderful!

  • Beckey H says:

    I am so grateful for the encore 72 hour presentations that I missed! I hope that more encores are opened for peoples 1st view or need to review again. With many of the comments I have read, I too needed to have time to process and reflect on some of the information before quickly moving on to the rest of the presentations. Would love to have these open for another week- PLEASE???

  • Diana Lynn says:

    For Daniel J. Siegel, M.D?
    I shared under the wrong post before I realized I had hit the submit button. It begins with Hello Dan. I hope you can find it under the MMFT Post.

  • Diana Lynn says:

    Thank you Dan. Your explanation was the best and it gives me more clarity. I’ve been doing the work of inner connection in my recovery of childhood trauma and a little confused as to where I go from here with all this loving kindness. (Laughing). I’ve been wandering as the quote says and I landed here. I’m so glad to hear you have a group. Fantastic.

  • Susan says:

    Thanks so much for this summit, I learned so much and some valuable tools that I will take into my therapy practise.

  • Pam Roux says:

    Brilliant, thank you

  • reid smithdeal says:

    Thank you for the learning opportunity. Some really great webinars. I did miss the last day, but truly enjoyed the other days.

  • APS says:

    Thank you Sounds True for an amazing event. I got so much out of the wisdom and practical skills offered by the speakers. I’ve always been impressed by the quality of content offered by Sounds True in general, and its generosity too.

    I second comments about the replays. I’m so used to full encore weekend replays of online events that I guess I thought I would be able to come back to the one day I had to skip because of time. But it was wonderful to have had the chance to watch these for free at all.

    Perhaps you could limit future summits to a maximum of two talks per day? One would be ideal for me, but I understand that that may not be doable. Where there were three, I found myself struggling to keep up.

    Also, I find videos that offer faster and slower speed options for the viewer to be tremendously helpful.

    Many thanks again, Sounds True!

  • Gulnora Bogdalova says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to watch presentations for free. It is absolutely wonderful opportunity for people from developing countries to learn from such great experts. I deeply appreciate Jeffrey and all presenters for sharing their expertise! People make poor decisions in their life due to trauma and those decisions make an impact on them, their partners, relatives and their communities. You guys make the world a better place to live! Words can not capture my appreciation for your kindness!!!

  • Jamellia says:

    I read they were available until the 31st 🙁 I wish I was able to access still. Hopefully I can save to buy the upgrade before it’s not available anymore! Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Teresa says:

    Thank you Jeffrey! Unfortunately I missed Day 10 and now I am unable to access. Really appreciated the insights.

  • Kimberly Harris says:

    I am so glad that I dedicated my time to investing in these presentations. They are not only a game changer for my foster care agency but a game changer for how I perceive my life. I have worked so hard to overcome the devastation of childhood and the trauma I endured. I have been working professionally in this world to get answers on how to help children with trauma and I finally feel as though there are some tested and true resources available for us. Thank you so much for allowing us the privileged of participating in this summit.

  • Judy says:

    THANK YOU Jeffrey and all your wonderful speakers for your enlightening, supportive and loving share, guiding us to reconnect to our true spirit.
    I LOVED this series and ALL the presenters contributed to the understanding and awareness of my journey, with tools to recover from trauma, transform and heal Self.
    Thank you again

  • Nandagopal SVG says:

    I also liked the presentation of Justin..

  • Nandagopal SVG says:

    Thank you for this wonderful summit. Different perspectives, beautifully moderated by Jeffrey, giving a free hand to most of the presenters. Particularly enjoyed the talks of Dan, Annie, Rob, Ashley, Elizabeth, Lama and Pat.

  • deedee says:

    The upgrade pricing is too expensive for people in India and I’m sure other people who are not well off financially. I too was disappointed that these talks were not openly available atleast until a week after the summit.

  • Wendy says:

    Thank you so much for this summit – it was mind-blowingly informative, insightful and empowering There is so much I have learnt and so much of my thinking that has been confirmed. It has opened me up to going even further and deeper into this body of work. I am curious…

  • D says:

    I am disappointed that all the talks were not available until 31st, as I thought I had a little time to catch up. Some of the presentations were overwhelmingly insightful and I needed to take a break for a couple of days, but now I cannot access days 8, 9 and 10 unless I upgrade, which is not feasible for me right now. The series was great so far though, I enjoyed what I did manage to see. I am grateful that it was free for a few days.

    • Jennifer says:

      Im feeling the same way. I thought I could catch up on the last few days and did not realize the upgrade was necessary. What I had the chance to watch was great content though

    • V says:

      I agree and also feel this way. As I was viewing them on my phone, I did not realise that there was more than 1 session a day. So I was catching up with them and ended up missing the remainder of the sessions. What I was able to watch was great though and I wish they had been available for a few more days.

    • Abigail Classey says:

      I totally agree., especially as someone who suffers from real ptsd it’s impossible to digest all of the talks in that amount of time 🙁

  • Silvia Stenitzer says:

    THANK YOU Jeffrey for your so beautiful, kind and most intelligent presence!
    I LOVED this series and ALL the presenters contributed to the deepening of my own personal work as well as professional work.
    Thank you again,
    I, too, purchased the upgrade and hope that i will get beyond technical challenges…

  • Janice Adams says:

    This was an award winning series!
    I purchased the upgrade, I am certain I will review the presentations over and over again.
    Great Offering!



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