Bestselling 4X Author Worthy Stokes is the founder of The HeartMind®Process.
A world-renowned meditation expert who miraculously awakened from a lucid Near Death Experience after brain trauma at the age of 34, Worthy Stokes writes at the nexus of interpersonal neurobiology, post-traumatic growth, and spiritual resilience resulting from life-altering trauma. She has practiced advanced meditation techniques (Dzogchen and Tantra) for over a decade, and she continuously attends meditation workshops with medical doctors and neuroscientists. She is on sabbatical through September 2021.
Worthy's work is directly influenced by time she has spent learning with esteemed experts such as: Author and Professor Dr. Richard P. Brown M.D., Neuroscientist Dr. Deborah Norris, Coherent Breathing Founder Stephen Elliot, Neuroscientist Dr. Willoughby Britton, Sound Healer Sara Auster, and direct practice experience in retreat with Tibetan lamas over the course of a decade; she holds transmissions in: Heart Drops of Dharmakaya, Bardo, and Soul Retrieval, among others.
The repetitive re-traumatization and disassociative, spiritual bypassing she encountered in retreat environments and medical systems inspired her to return to her research and develop her own healing method: The HeartMind®Process, which integrates neurobiology with meditation practices, key findings on post-traumatic growth, and mystical awareness; it is a step by step healing protocol that is trademarked and protected worldwide.
A limited edition series of HeartMind® Meditations have been free on Insight Timer (world's largest mindfulness app) since 2018 and are organized by topic: Self-Healing, Anxiety, Life Purpose, Visioning, and an introduction to contemplative awareness, which presents life as an ongoing journey of remembrance.
Her first meditation book The Daily Meditation Book of Healing (Rockridge Press, 2020) is endorsed by leading mental health experts such as Dr. Marti Glenn, PhD, Clinical Director of the Ryzio Institute and Author Seth P. Gillihan, PhD, a practicing psychologist and clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Thought leaders such as Author Ruby Warrington have called Worthy Stokes, "the real deal."
Hit by a 15 passenger van in South Korea at the age of 34 while out for a morning run and then forced to heal in isolation abroad, Worthy lost smell, taste, partial hearing, and the upper half of her vision field. The traumatic brain injury rendered her motion blind and devastated her with grief.
In spite of the odds stacked against her and with severely limited financial means, Worthy successfully applied her understanding of consciousness and emergent neuroscience to the transformation of her life. With the steadfast love and emotional support of her partner, Leo (the New Yorker she met in Korea at the 11th hour, just in time) she harnessed the power of post-traumatic growth and, much to the surprise of countless medical experts and everyone who knew her, she began to thrive.
Her deeply integrated perspective of interpersonal neurobiology, healing, and spirituality is shaped by both her Near Death Experience and her personal journey through life-altering trauma; Worthy is first and foremost a survivor, which informs her teaching style in every way. When the massive, shocking sensory loss she lived through irreversibly changed her body and hijacked her brain, her inner world became her refuge, her sanctuary, and her primary space of retreat.
Worthy's second meditation book, The Mindfulness Journal: Artistic Prompts to Relax, Release, and Explore the Wisdom of You, became a #1 bestseller on Amazon for three weeks running, within the first two days of its release; it includes an adaptive guide for individuals living with disability, chronic illness, or immobilizing challenges that are ignored by the multi-trillion dollar mindfulness industry.
Her skillful way of explaining consciousness has been referred to as "formidable" by her peers, and she has been repeatedly called "ahead of her time" by psychologists who recognize her sophisticated understanding of the liminal space where soma and soul connect.
In her personal life Worthy has healed with generous support and skillful guidance 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.
Worthy's 6 years of Dzogchen practice, study and retreat with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (prior to her accident) directly inspired her passion for emergent neuroscience and contemplative presence. Dzogchen, considered by many to be the most advanced meditation practice there is, points to the true nature of the consciousness of our minds. An accomplished scholar and author, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is the foremost Dzogchen teacher of the West.
Forever inspired by the pristine wilderness areas that surround her birthplace in northwestern Montana, she has spent hundreds of days in solitary retreat, and she considers her time in the wild, her meeting with Death, and her awakening to the sentient intelligence of the body as her most relevant teachers.
Worthy brings a groundbreaking, integrated perspective to her work with meditation; she views complicated attachment trauma, debilitating shame, developmental trauma, and CPTSD through a crystallized lens of natural systems and biomimicry, where interconnectedness is a foundational principle that fastens biology to spirit in ways that demonstrate detailed, intricate beauty and exquisite, sacred intimacy - for which there is no human translation.
Having closely followed research in the field of relational neuroscience since her fated meeting with the late Dr. Candace Pert in 2007, Worthy has attended workshops by and/or learned with leading medical doctors and neuroscientists such as Dr. Deborah Norris and Dr. Willoughby Britton. As a result, her meditation programming is fully trauma competent, her spiritual lexicon is trauma competent, and her style of teaching is grounded in relational neuroscience; her work is meant to be spiritually evocative in a way that transcends religious dogma - and respects each person's individual beliefs. She lives with her soulmate husband in New York City, where he grew up.
Worthy is her given name; she was named for her grandfather. She holds a BA in Journalism from The University of Mary Washington and (on her mother's side) is a second generation private prep school graduate. Worthy's empathy, leadership skills, and emotional intelligence allowed her to attend "one of the eight" as a boarding student on academic scholarship. Those formative years of learning alongside peers from all over the world inspired her work in journalism, neurological research, and interdisciplinary perspectives that take into consideration unique and interconnected aspects of culture, race, gender, class, and religion; her passion for mindfulness reflects a deep, abiding love for humanity.
A kind of intellectual "heart whisperer" with an uncanny knack for bridging seemingly disparate interests, Worthy has worked at points as a journalist, volunteer, and consultant in places such as Eastern Europe, Mexico, and Eastern Asia; she has advised global leaders on PR and communication issues related to topics including but not limited to: tech and international electronic gaming releases, grants to protect indigenous assets and preserve indigenous sources of intellectual property, international teams in Fintech startup environments, philanthropy initiatives for women and girls, literacy programming for adults, and more.
Interviews about her NDE are available online.