Our final guest was Sam Tullman, MPH, facilitator and co-founder of The Diabetes Sangha and Head of Clinical Research for Psyber.
He explained that “sangha” is Sanskrit for a community that joins together to get closer to what really matters or, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “beloved community.” He emphasized the importance of having a community of support. He also encouraged being open with that community about what is going on in your mind and in your body.
Through The Diabetes Sangha, Sam hopes to bridge the gap between T1D and mental health awareness. “We want to create both education and community spaces for people to learn different meditation practices,” he said. “It can be useful not only in navigating life with diabetes but also life in general.”
Watch Sam lead a mindfulness exercise:
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