Community Update: December 2023

As always, thank you for being a part of the community! It’s been several months since our last update and lots of things have been happening behind the scenes, so we wanted to fill everyone in on what’s new as 2023 comes to a close. If you’re not already a member of our online Discord community, please join us today!

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Staff Changes

John finished his intern period way back in August and has been busy trying to beat Jeffrey’s user dispatch record, but it seems there can be only one The Hammer. Glad to have you on the team, John!

We’re sad to see James step down from his mod position for a break after years of devoted service to the community. James has been around since the beginning and has helped make the server what it is today. We appreciate you and we’ll keep your seat warm until you decide to return!

Thank You to Our Donators

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the following new and return donators: S. P., Agnosia, thelinguist, awendela, John, Zachary, Gabriele S., Philipp, and soulhack.

Thank you as well to the rest of our current monthly supporters: Sandy S., mind exploration, rustybikes, acidjames, Krish, Candace, Ronald, Anthony A., Sean, and Rebecca W. Meditation Mind operates 100% on donations, so this community would not be possible without you. See a full list of present and past supporters here.

Community Milestones

We have recently hit several big community milestones. In late September, we reached 8,000 members on Discord, and in early December, we surpassed 30,000 hours of meditation tracked with Bloom on the server!


And finally, we recently reached 200 sign-ups for our free four-week online mindfulness course. (See #mc-info to learn more and enroll!)

Role Additions & Changes

In mid-August, we added the @Watch Together role, which can be used by members to organize impromptu watch parties, similar to how @meditate with me works. Since late September, it has also been used to organize official server watch together events weekly on Sundays.

In early November, we added the @hang out in voice chat role, which is also similar to @meditate with me and can be used to invite other members to casual voice chat. You can grab either of the new roles in #Channels & Roles > Customize.

On the changes side, the @Teachers/Coaches role has been renamed @Meditation Teachers and we have added a new @Certified Yoga Teachers role. Learn more about what these roles mean in #about-us.

Channel Additions & Changes

In late August, we added #science-geekery for all the science geeks interested in the intersection of science and contemplative practices. (There are a lot of us!)

We also added a second #🧘🏻meditate with me voice channel to accommodate concurrent impromptu sessions while still offering the security of a role-locked channel.

On the changes side, most of the channels that previously required self-assignable roles to opt-in have been unlocked since the new Discord Onboarding feature offers the same functionality without roles. Head over to #Channels & Roles > Customize and select the desired options or enable channels directly in Browse Channels.

Website Resources Updates

We’ve added lots of new resources to our website for the benefit of members and non-members alike.

In late August, we hosted a guided meditation and Q&A with guest teacher Toby Sola, creator of the Brightmind meditation app. Then, at the end of September, we rebooted our weekly group meditations, facilitated by Sumit. Recordings for both are available on our Guided Meditations page and our YouTube channel.

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams & Danny Penman has been added to our Recommended Reading list. This is a great, comprehensive introduction to mindfulness meditation, based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Our Free Meditation and Mindfulness Apps page has had three additions: Brightmind, which is not free, but includes a special code for a one-month free trial and is worth making an exception; Shellevate, a gamified meditation timer; and Mediate Your Life, which combines the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) framework with mindfulness.

Finally, we have added The Open Buddhist University to our Free Meditation and Mindfulness Courses page. With 16 courses available, you can study everything from the basics of Buddhism to Pāli and Chinese for Buddhist texts.

Bloom Bot Updates

We have made some exciting updates to our community’s custom bot, Bloom.

  • Time Zone Customization

    Meditation tracking entries use UTC by default, but you can now specify a UTC offset for your local time zone when adding an entry. Just use /add and set either western_hemisphere_offset (UTC-XX) or eastern_hemisphere_offset (UTC+XX).

  • Tracking and Stats Privacy

    There is now a privacy option for the /streak, /stats user, and /add commands.

    When set to private, streaks and user stats will be displayed privately using ephemeral messages. When a new meditation session is added privately, an anonymous entry is displayed in the channel to motivate others, but personal information (total meditation time, streak and role info) is shared with you privately via ephemeral messages.

  • Context Menu Reporting

    You can now report a message to server staff anonymously using the context menu. Just right-click (or press-and-hold on mobile) a message and select Apps > Report Message.

  • Challenge Management

    Opting in or out of the monthly and 365-day meditation challenges is now done using Bloom. Simply use /challenge join or /challenge leave.

  • Help Menu

    Bloom was missing a /help menu for a while, but no more! The new help menu looks much nicer than before and you can also get info about a specific command with the optional command parameter.


Odds and Ends

We have made some small modifications to Rule #10 of our Community Guidelines. We replaced the word “fake news” with “disinformation,” which has a wider scope that includes fake news. We also added a note about drug talk exceptions and linked to information about identifying conspiracy theories.


We removed the MEE6 bot, which has continued to paywall once-free features to the point of being largely unusable without a premium subscription. Leveling is now handled behind-the-scenes (i.e., no cards, leaderboard, etc.), as too much attention to levels tends to encourage low(er)-quality engagement. Birthday announcements are also much prettier now, thanks to Birthdayy.

The number of stars required for a post to be added to #⭐starboard has been increased from three to five. Last but not least (maybe?), Server Guide now has icons and cleaner descriptions!


And that’s it for our December update. If you have any feedback or suggestions, feel free to get in touch via @ModMail or /suggest!

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