Worthy Stokes is the founder of HeartMind® Meditations and author of The Daily Meditation Book of Healing. She is a polytrauma survivor of brain injury and multi-sensory loss.
Worthy developed her trademarked HeartMind® Meditations and the HeartMind Meditation Program after surviving a near fatal brain injury overseas that catapulted her into a Near Death Experience lasting 2 hours. She was hit by a 15 passenger van while out for a run and lost access to four of her five senses that day: smell, taste, partial hearing, and partial vision.
Against all odds, she lived.
Worthy's personal journey and professional work is informed by research on post-traumatic growth, nondual wisdom, and open awareness.
HeartMind® Meditations launched publicly in 2018 on Insight Timer, the world's largest meditation app, where practice sessions are free and organized by topic: HeartMind® for Self-Healing, HeartMind® for Anxiety, HeartMind® Aligned for Life Purpose, HeartMind® for Manifestation, and an introduction to contemplative awareness.
Worthy's primary contemplative focus is trauma competent mindfulness; she is currently training with Dr. Laurence Heller to apply the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) to her meditation coaching sessions, and she has taken workshops with Dr. Richard P. Brown, a world renowned expert in holistic wellness, complex trauma and meditation for self-healing. She has attended presentations offered by Dr. David Treleaven, a leading author who teaches and lectures on the importance of trauma informed meditation.
In her personal life, she has healed with support from neuroscientists, mindfulness experts, therapists, artists, corporate shamans, sound healers, psychologists, somatic experts, and wayshowers who believe in the body's capacity to heal. She began practicing Dzogchen in 2008 with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
Inspired by vast tracts of Wilderness surrounding her birthplace in northwestern Montana, she has spent hundreds of days in solitary retreat. Presence is her path.
Worthy has closely followed research in the field of relational neuroscience since meeting the late Dr. Candace Pert in 2007 and now produces meditation programming. As a traumatic brain injury survivor, Worthy's rich understanding of post-traumatic growth is informed by her personal experience of debilitating tragedy and the life-affirming journey of renewal that came after.
She lives with her husband (an adult literacy expert) in New York City and Montana, where she is originally from. Worthy is her real, given name; she was named for her grandfather, Dr. Worthy, who was a gifted physician. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.