Does it mean we are healthy if we are fit and well physically? The answer is no. Mental health is as important as physical health, if not more. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Although there are factors, such as Biological factors, Life experiences and Family history, that affect our mental state, it’s widely believed that mindfulness contributes to peaceful mind, which improves mental health.
So what is mindfulness? How to become and stay mindful?
Mindfulness is not simply being positive or optimistic, it’s the state of staying true to the moment, the circumstance and oneself. To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.
To become mindful, we believe the first step is to explore inwardly, to understand our mind. At our retreats, we will practice this in forms of Yoga classes, guided meditations and open discussions.
Next we will be looking at our connections with outer world - reflecting on our relationship with our family and friends, our community and our environment. This will not only help us dealing with daily tasks but also help us grow, evolve and eventually inspire others.
Lastly, it’s about staying mindful. We will be introducing daily practice that you could carry out throughout your life to maintain this peaceful state of mind, from the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you sleep.
‘The heart of every person yearns to be happy and free of suffering. With all of our intelligence, we often fall back into a mistaken habit of seeking happiness in external things and circumstances. You can refresh your wise awareness and, at any moment, you can turn your attention from outer conditions to the inexhaustible source of goodness you have inside yourself. That can never be lost, no matter what the situation. ‘ - 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
This is also our wish for everyone who comes to our retreats, eternal happiness from inside.