On 3 August, Dr. Phang Cheng Kar, a practising psychiatrist and a resident speaker at Nalanda, delivered a talk on ‘Meditation made easy’ during Service Sunday. The talk attracted a large crowd as the practice of meditation, with scientifically-proven benefits, is becoming more popular worldwide. We perform exercises to achieve physical well-being; but the key to attain mental well-being is through meditation.
Dr. Phang skillfully introduced five innovative but easy ‘tools’ from the ‘Mindful-Gym’ Program: 1. “NOW-ing” I (labeling actions) & II (‘H.T.C.’ (hearing, touching, seeing); 2. ‘Gratitude M-Gym’: searching for what went well in our lives and rejoice/celebrate it; 3. ‘Equanimity M-Gym’: searching for what went wrong but recognize that it could have been worst; 4. ‘Loving-kindness M-Gym’: sending good wishes to people around us; and 5. ‘Mindful-S.T.O.P.’. Dr. Phang also shared about practical methods to overcome negative emotions that may arise during challenging times.
The audience was delighted to learn many useful and pragmatic methods from the ‘Mindful-Gym’ Program. We would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Phang for his lively and hands-on sharing, which inspired and uplifted the spirit of the congregation. Sadhu anumodana!