With exams around the corner, it is timely for the University to run events that would center on relaxation techniques to relieve one's stress. So it was no surprise that 13 students tuned in to Zoom to experience the Mindfulness Workshop, titled, "Taming the Monkey Mind: A mindfulness approach to managing life's stressors and challenges", on the evening of 15 October.
The workshop was facilitated by Senior Counsellor, Alan Yeo, who is from C-three (Counselling & Life-Coaching) Centre in SUSS.
He started off the workshop with an outline of the following:
- What is mindfulness
- Why mindfulness is important
- How mindfulness can work for you
- Let's do it (practice session)
In the workshop, Alan defined most minds as being like a "monkey mind", in that it is mischievous, and is everywhere except where you want it to be. This is as opposed to the "tamed mind", where it would enable one to "see" situations more clearly, allowing him to consider important factors such as relationships and also how one endeavours to make better decisions so as to have lesser regrets.
However, he did inform the participants that mindfulness is not a quick fix, for religious meditation or to be considered as a replacement for medicine and therapy.
The participants were also encouraged to participate actively throughout the session, especially during the exercise segment which was conducted through a video. They were told to wear light and comfortable clothing and then relax themselves by breathing deeply in a darkened room, whilst listening to the calming online voice instructions to practise mindfulness. The calming two hour session ended with a short round of Q&A with the participants