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 Stokes is an author and mindfulness coach who survived a brain injury overseas, which shifted the course of her life and sculpted her interests in love, neuroscience, death, and life.
Hit by a 15 passenger van in South Korea at the age of 34 while out for a morning run, she lost smell, taste, partial hearing, and the upper half of her vision field. She became motion blind.
Her professional work as a meditation teacher, mindfulness coach, and writer is informed by ongoing research on post-traumatic growth. Her perspectives on healing and spirituality are shaped by both her Near Death Experience - and her deep, lived knowledge of life-altering trauma; she is a survivor of anosmia, aphasia and suicidal ideation. The massive, shocking sensory loss she lived through had irreversibly altered her body in a way that was totally invisible.
Besieged by grief and confusion, she spent time in a psychiatric hospital to overcome periods of numbing depression due to the impact of neurological changes the medical field - and the world at large - failed to comprehend.
Worthy's personal meditation practice started in 2008 and deepened in 2014, but her professional career as a teacher and writer in the field of meditation did not begin in earnest until after surviving brain trauma.
Determined to prove to herself she was not broken, she launched her meditation company to offer a level of compassionate support she felt was missing in the traditional medical system. Her attempt to translate her unique perspective of the spiritual triad of heart, mind, and breath, became the focus of her life.
She continued to try and make meaning of her experience with tragedy by writing, teaching, and coaching others. Her first book, The Daily Meditation Book of Healing (Rockridge Press), was released in May 2020 and received endorsements from leading doctors, CEOs, and trauma experts. Two years prior to that she released her HeartMind® Meditations to the public on Insight Timer, the world's largest mindfulness app. Her second book, The Mindfulness Creativity Journal: Artistic Prompts to Relax, Release, and Explore the Wisdom of You, will be released in 2021.
Worthy's mindfulness protocol for healing is the world's first trauma competent healing process designed by a polytrauma survivor who understands firsthand what is required to activate resilience while mining one's neurobiology for stamina and grace. She is adept at exploring spheres of mystical inquiry that point to what we cannot measure yet sense, feel, and know.
Her skillful way of explaining consciousness has been referred to as "formidable" by her peers in the wellness industry, and she has been repeatedly called "ahead of her time" by psychologists who recognize her understanding of the liminal space where the soma and soul intimately relate.
Her trademarked technique and a limited edition series of HeartMind® Meditations are free on Insight Timer 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, which presents life as an ongoing journey of remembrance.
In her personal life she has healed with generous support and skillful feedback from neuroscientists, mindfulness experts, equine therapists, EMDR therapists, artists, shamans, sound healers, psychologists, somatic experts, and wayshowers who believe in the body's capacity to heal.
Although she does not consider herself a Buddhist, she was deeply influenced by her introduction to the practice of Dzogchen as taught by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, who opened her mind to the tender power of abiding with what is - and attending to what is possible.
Ever inspired by the pristine wilderness areas that surround her birthplace in northwestern Montana, she has spent hundreds of days in solitary retreat. She considers her deeply personal meeting with Death and her awakening to the sentient intelligence of the body as her most relevant teachers. She views complicated attachment trauma and CPTSD through the lens of natural systems and biomimicry, where interconnectedness is a foundational principle that fastens biology to spirit in ways that demonstrate detailed, intricate beauty.
Worthy has closely followed research in the field of relational neuroscience since meeting the late Dr. Candace Pert in 2007 and produces meditation programming that is both trauma competent and spiritually inspired. As a traumatic brain injury survivor, Worthy's rich understanding of the mind is directly informed by her own journey through debilitating tragedy and the life-affirming path of renewal that came after.
She lives with her soulmate husband (an adult literacy expert) in New York City, where he grew up. Worthy is her given name; she was named for her grandfather, Dr. Worthy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The University of Mary Washington.