I went to an event with a few speakers on a subject very interesting to me: Mindfulness.
First time I heard about this is on a magazine, TIME, a few years ago. It doesn’t make much sense to me. A year ago I bumped into a secondary school classmate who is studying this subject and I was still not getting much of it.
Now, it makes more sense to me.
We are living in a world that we constantly using our brain to solve problems. Brains creates thoughts, thoughts creates emotions, emotions creates reactions.
However, the brain can’t solve all them, especially the ones that’s very important to our lives. It often gave us thoughts thus actions that’s not helping us, but destroying our happiness. Changing thoughts and mindsets is the most difficult thing.
Mindfulness is essentially being aware of the thoughts created by your brain, aware of the emotions generates from the thoughts so that better control your reaction to it.
We can’t control the world, but we can control our reaction to it.
After moving to Hong Kong, I love the offering here. However, the negative sentiment towards the future affects the most optimistic, positive person, especially I am not one of them. I constantly feel unfulfilled and insecure. I try to use a lot of ways to deal with it — build a nice home, start a relationship, rekindle with old friends, be more with family, create workout routine, travel thing world, challenge myself with career goals, races and adventures… everything that helps me to have a positive mindset.
They brought me a lot of fun time so I wouldn’t say I failed, more like half failed. I am still unfulfilled, unhappy.
Until I read the book “The Power of Now”. I was constantly living in the past and future. I wasn’t present.
Life will nudge you if you don’t wake up. The book is like a wake up call. At this point, I had a glimpse into being aware of my thoughts because it’s the source of all the emotions and reactions.
Awareness. Presence. Gratitude. Kindness. Mindfulness. By practicing these attitudes I can help myself to live positively.
So I will set the goals and action plans to be a better self in different aspects.