Do you find yourself focusing too much on yesterday’s regrets or tomorrow’s stress more than being in this moment? Where is your brain? And is your brain currently in the same place as your body?
Don’t worry. It’s okay to get off track sometimes.
When stressed about long-standing attachments like family issues or love life or threatened by future worries like deciding on a career path, it’s easy for us to choose to detach from the reality of what is going on around us. We wear our headphones and shut the door of our rooms to escape into the inner worlds of our hearts or into our social media worlds. Or we numb ourselves with vices or surround ourselves with the wrong company. We lose sight of identifying and verbalizing what we want and how we truly feel, and we disconnect from the people who want to reach us.
When asked how we are, we categorically reply: “I’m okay” or “I’m fine.” Yet, we wake up the next morning with the same concerns and not knowing what to do with them, we again either run backwards in fear or run away ahead of ourselves without clear direction. We just don’t want to keep still. We want answers fast or nothing at all.
But what if just keeping still, being in the moment is what will help us get back on track? What if being in a state of mindfulness of who we are, where we are, and how we are what will help ignite that inner compass, that inner peace? When we are calm and consciously mindful of our present – of what is happening within and without – our thoughts can settle, and we start to see things more clearly. We just need a safe and open space to experience that. There are many techniques and applications for practicing mindfulness, but all of them share the same objectives: to help us build a foundation of happiness and an attitude of gratitude.
Here’s an analogy. Think of mindfulness as a traffic light.
There will be a course titled “Chill Out: A Mindfulness Workshop for Teens to Manage Emotions and Life’s Challenges” on May 18, 2019, to be held at the Inquirer Academy in Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
For the younger ones (kids aged 8-12 years old), there will be “Present! A Mindfulness Workshop for Kids to Improve Focus and Creativity” on May 27, 2019.
The Inquirer Academy is located at 4168 Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Ponte St., Makati City. For more information about the workshop or if you would like to add your input on the article, you may email [email protected], call (632) 834-1557 or 771-2715 and look for Jerald Miguel or Karl Paz.
Yumi Wada is the author of this article. Yumi has made it her life’s mission to form young people and equip them with the psycho-emotional-spiritual tools to help them face today’s challenges. Her training and exposure as an educator in varied classroom settings for a wide age-range of students from kindergarten, to lower school, to high school, to college, to young professionals have exposed her to a myriad of issues concerning the youth of today. She has been a sought-after retreats, recollections, and leadership workshop motivational speaker and facilitator for almost 15 years now, specializing in youth empowerment, values formation, mental and emotional health, and psycho-spiritual healing.
In 2018, she published her first book “You Make My Day: Daily Wisdom from the Mouth of Babes” which highlights thoughtful mindfulness and celebrating the big lessons in the small of our every day.