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The Free Mindfulness Information Session conducted by Mindful Moments Singapore is back on Saturday 28 May 2016.
You may have read or heard (a lot) about mindfulness and how it has been incorporated into many fields and disciplines such as healthcare, psychology, holistic wellness, education, parenting, and even business and leadership, as well as corporate wellness. Over the last three decades, there has been an exponential growth in the number of mindfulness publications, indicating a rising interest in the practice of mindfulness. But this does not mean that mindfulness is a fad; it has developed from a traditional Eastern practice into a well-researched, evidence-based healing approach that is practiced in a secular way and taught through a structured program.
The Mindfulness Information Session is organized by Mindful Moments to spread awareness of mindfulness and inspire mindfulness as the way of life. This will be a chance for you toask any questions you may have about mindfulness. The event is free and adults from all walks of life are welcomed to register and sit in. The talk on Saturday 28 May 2016 will be conducted by Erin Lee, founder of Mindful Moments Singapore, Mindfulness Coach, Hypnotherapist and HypnoCoach® at Light On Life Singapore.
Session A starts at 2 PM, and session B starts at 3:30 PM. Participants will only need to register for one of the sessions. For each session, Erin will begin with a talk about the background, development, applications and benefits of mindfulness as well as an introduction to the classic 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program. She will also bring participants through a short mindfulness practice as a group. Next, participants will be invited to ask questions about mindfulness and the MBSR program we offer. Last but not least, Erin will conduct individual consultations and intake for participants who are interested in registering for the March 2016 MBSR Program.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
There is no need to show your ID, although we welcome adults from all walks of life to participate in this event. The MBSR program is most suitable for adults aged 18 and above.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
By car: you may park your vehicle at Singapore Shopping Centre, Park Mall or Plaza Singapura.
By MRT: 3 min walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station
By Bus: 7, 14, 14A, 14e, 16, 36, 36A, 36B, 65, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 175, 190, 700, 700A, NR6, NR7
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Erin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Once you have registered for a session, you may also wish to bring your family and friends whom you think may benefit from knowing more about mindfulness. Please also register a seat for your family or friends who are coming with you, as there are limited seats at the event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
There is no need to bring a printed ticket. You can simply verify your email address with us when you arrive on that day.
Singapore Shopping Centre - 190 Clemenceau Ave #02-19, Singapore 239924
A friend of mine, upon seeing Mindful Moment's Facebook update on our Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program, sent me an image along with a cheeky question: which version are you teaching?
The image, which you may have seen before since it is commonly featured on mindfulness-related websites and social media, is a drawing of a man taking a walk with his dog along a row of leafy green trees and a big warm sun shining from above; there is a thought bubble above the man's head, showing that his mind is filled with thoughts about work, communications, tasks, traveling, etc.; and then there is another thought bubble above the dog's head, showing the exact scene they are in - the row of leafy green trees and the big warm sun shining from above. And then the big question on the image asks the viewer: Mindful, or Mind Full?
It is not difficult to understand from the image that despite taking a walk in a lovely environment, the man is miles away caught up in his own train of thoughts about everything other than the beautiful scenery around him - his mind is full. The dog, on the other hand, is noticing his immediate environment as he walks - aware of the trees he is passing by, and the warmth of the sun - it is being mindful of its surroundings.
My friend understood that, and his tongue-in-cheek question was, which version does a mindfulness teacher teach in an MBSR class? Mindful, or Mind Full?
I answered: Actually, both!
It is without a doubt that participants learn to be mindful in a mindfulness class - during practices we work really hard to pay attention to the present moment, instead of allowing the mind to be pulled away by the past or the future. But through practicing mindfulness, we might find that there is also a lot to learn from paying attention to a mind that is full!
What happens when the mind is constantly overloaded with checklists, to-dos, and tasks to complete? Or when the mind is playing an upsetting event that had happened over and over again? Or when the mind loops questions about uncertainties, or when it frequently airs an unpleasantly critical, judgmental voice?
Through practice, we might discover that the mind virtually never stops, and is almost always full, or at least filled with something. Even though we frequently hear the advice: "Clear your mind" or "Empty your mind", we can be sure that this "emptiness" we are hoping for as a relief from the never-ending busyness of life will not last beyond a moment before the mind begins to be filled up again. It is equally important for mindfulness practice, then, to train the mind to be mindful of the present moment, and also be mindful of the mind that is full.
It is worth highlighting here that it is not enough to ponder over the "Mindful or Mind Full" question as an intellectual exercise. Only personal experience from engaging in mindfulness practices can bring us true insights and discoveries into the nature of the mind. And I invite you to further explore this with mindfulness training.
Click here to find out the latest dates of our next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.
About The Author
MiMo founder Erin Lee is a Mindfulness Coach and MBSR Teacher at Mindful Moments, and advocate of mindfulness as the way of life. She conducts the classic 8-Week MBSR Program, as well as the 8-Week MBSR Workplace Program.
Are you a mindfulness practitioner and have meaningful experiences or thoughts about mindfulness that you'd like to share? You can contribute an article on the MiMo blog! Please contact Erin to find out more.