Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Community MINDFULGym April 2018 intake

February 20, 2018 by  
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FREE 5-Week Community MINDFULGym (Mindfulness For Stress Reduction & Wellness REST-Shop) April intake is back by popular demand. Joyfully sponsored by KL Buddhist Mental Health Association. Register NOW http://mindful-gym.blogspot.my/2012/03/activities.html

It’s not just mindfulness; it’s MINDFULGym mindfulness – effectiveness supported by 8 local scientific studies…

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MINDFULGym April 2017 Intake

February 6, 2017 by  
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Yeahoo! MINDFULGym is back by popular demand. MINDFULGym is a community project. Seats are limited (maximum of 20 participants per intake). Acceptance into the program is on first come, first served basis and subjected to the decision of MINDFULGym trainers. Please register only if you're sure that you could commit to ALL 5 Saturday sessions (April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) at Sentul Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple. There will be a bonus session (optional) on 6/5/2017. For registration, click HERE. Kindly notify Jasmine Chiam (jasminechiam1@gmail.com) upon submission of registration. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mindful-CIKGU at Tiratana Sukha Dhamma School

June 18, 2016 by  
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The Mindful-CIKGU program is a mindfulness-based intervention designed to help school teachers cope with stress. Conducted by Sis. Low Mi-Yen & Sis. KC Chiang (clinical psychologists), the effectiveness of the program for reducing stress among school teachers is supported by scientific research done by Ven. Visuddhi in Help University.

Gnanavisuddhi, R. (2015). A study on a brief mindfulness-based intervention for stress reduction and wellness among school teachers. Counseling Master Thesis, Help University, Malaysia. 

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MINDFULGym at SJK (C) Taman Rashna

July 26, 2014 by  
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The MINDFULGym program was successfully introduced to teachers of SJK (C) Taman Rashna, Klang on 5/7/2014. The four-hour Saturday training program was co-organized by Than Hsiang Mitra Welfare Center & KL Buddhist Mental Health Association. Conducted by Bro. Pheh Kai Shuen (clinical psychologist), It was held at the main hall of the school. About 100 teachers of the school participated in two concurrent stress reduction ‘rest-shops’ which were presented in Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia with similar content.The program was designed based on ancient principles of mindfulness and state-of-the-art research in positive psychology. Examples related to education context were included in the program in order to enhance the applicability of the mindfulness skills.Among the content presented were on the popularity of mindfulness, benefits of mindfulness, and Mindful-Gym tools: 1. Mindful Eating, 2. Mindful Stretching, 3. Mindful Breathing, 4. Mindful S.T.O.P., 5. Mindful Bubbles, 6. Mindful Imaginary, and 7. Google-WWW-Yahoo.

 

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Mindful-TEEN & Parenting Programs at Samadhi Rainbow Program Youth Camp

July 26, 2014 by  
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A Malaysian version of Mindful-TEEN program made its humble debut at the Samadhi Rainbow Program (SRP) Youth Camp, which was held from 22-24th March 2014. The camp was organized by Buddhist Missionary Society of Malaysia (BMSM) in collaboration with KL Buddhist Mental Health Association (BMHA), and was held at the Samadhi Vihara.  Twenty teenagers aged between 12 – 17 years and a 9-year old boy attended the 9-hour program which aimed at promoting emotional resilience within them. The program consisted of 3 main themes which are the “what, why and how” of mindfulness, dealing with difficult emotion, and kindness to self. 

For the “what” of mindfulness, the participants were introduced to the definition by Jon Kabat-Zinn – “Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way”, which they memorized with enthusiasm. They were taught the “how” by paying attention to the 5 senses, movement, breath, and emotion. The participants played competitive games and engaged in activities to experience “paying attention” to hearing, touching and movement. An activity that the participants enjoyed especially was the rhythmic “cup clap” movement featured in the music video “the cups song”. In this activity, the participants had to pay attention to the hand movements as well as to the tapping and clapping sound of the group so as to be in unison.  Immediately after the routine, they observed 3 breathe followed by 3 sounds which most of them could do so without much difficulty.  However, the “why” which was mostly about mindlessness did not elicit much response from the participants.   

In the session on “paying attention to emotion”, the participants listened to music and expressed their feeling through drawings.  A 3-step approach – pause, observe, choose – was introduced as a method of dealing with difficult emotion.  It was emphasized that we can choose our response wisely when we are mindful. 

Lastly, the concept of “non-judgmental” was illustrated visually through optical illusions and video on awareness test. The participants appeared to be thrilled by the visuals and explored them curiously. To encourage kindness to self, the participants were asked to make a list of what they like about themselves and another on what they like about each of the group members. When they each compared the lists, it was revealed that they had overlooked many of their good qualities. It was pleasing to note that most participants beamed and giggled when reading out the lists made by others.

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While the Mindful-TEEN program was ongoing, May, another Mindful-Gym trainer was conducting Mindful Parenting Program with the parents. At the end of the program, a joint session for the teenagers and parents was held. Both the teenage participants and parents shared what they had learned and a short video on Learning to Breathe – a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents was screened to close the program.
 
I wish to highlight some interesting feedback from the teenagers, such as “they sort of knew what mindfulness was before but now they are clearer”, “mindfulness can help them to calm down”, and “they could pause by paying attention to the breath, body sensation", "I feel fresh (after mindful-STOP), etc”, and one participant asked, “what is the difference between meditation and mindfulness”. Awesome!
 
I am very grateful for the support from BMSM, Aloka Foundation especially Sis. Sumangala, Sis. Jivani, parents of some of the participants and all volunteers who worked very hard during the camp to make sure we were comfortable. To the young, enthusiastic and energetic facilitators from Dhammaduta Youth (D2Y), and my son Shi Hoong, thank you for saving me from physical exhaustion! Last but not least, Dr. Phang (developer of MINDFULGym), thank you for your guidance and your trust in me.  
 
Prepared by,
KC CHIANG,
Clinical Psychologist,
Mindful-Gym Trainer, BMHA.
 
Note: Both Sis. KC & May are clinical psychologists in private practice and co-trainers of the MINDFULGym program. The Mindful-TEEN & Mindful Parenting Programs are extensions of the MINDFULGym program. 
 
 
 

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Mindful-SPA (Sister Program of MINDFULGym)

July 26, 2014 by  
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Mindful-SPA is a group mindfulness-based program specially and locally designed by Sis. Low Mi Yen (clinical psychologist) for promoting self-care, emotional resilience, and happiness. It is based on state-of-the-art scientific research in mindfulness, cognitive-behavior therapy, and positive psychology; and inspired by the work of Dr. Kristin Neff & Dr. Christopher Germer. The pilot sessions of the program were offered to the past participants of MINDFULGym program at Brickfields Maha Vihara in May 2014.

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MINDFULGym at Berjaya Care Foundation

July 25, 2014 by  
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MINDFULGym was 'berjaya-ly' (successfully) introduced to Berjaya staff on 11/7/2014. The one-hour Friday lunch talk was co-organized by Berjaya Care Foundation & KL Buddhist Mental Health Association (BMHA). It was held at Berjaya University College of Hospitality, Berjaya Times Square. About 50 staff participated in the stress management and wellness 'rest-shop,' which is based on ancient principles of mindfulness and state-of-the-art research in positive psychology. Among the content presented were on the popularity of mindfulness, benefits of mindfulness, and Mindful-Gym tools: 1. Mindful-S.T.O.P., 2. Mindful Body Stretching (PMR style), and 3. Gratitude Workout: 'Google-WWW-Yahoo.' BMHA is deeply grateful to Berjaya Care Foundation for generously offering a grant (RM 30, 000) for supporting free MINDFULGym education to the community (2015-2016).

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MINDFULGym for Community…

July 25, 2014 by  
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KL Buddhist Mental Health Association (BMHA) has been organizing free mindfulness education for the community since 2010 in the form of the MINDFULGym program. MINDFULGym™ is a mindfulness-based stress management program specially designed for relaxation and wellness. Locally developed by consultant psychiatrist and founding president of BMHA Dr. Phang Cheng Kar, it is based on ancient spiritual wisdom and state-of-the-art scientific research in mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy and positive psychology. MINDFULGym is similar to the 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programs developed in the United States and United Kingdom respectively. This first structured mindfulness-based mental health program in Malaysia is conducted in a group of 15-20 participants over a period of 5 weeks. In each week, there is a 3-hour group session followed by daily simple self-help exercises, which are supported moment-to-moment by a WhatsApp group. The sessions are conducted in an experiential approach to ensure maximum learning and benefits. Upon completion of the course, continuous practice is enhanced by bonus and regular booster sessions. For more information – HERE.

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The Mindfulness Movie NOW in KL

March 19, 2014 by  
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The Mindfulness Movie is a fun and educational journey showcasing the worldwide brain research proving the benefits of mindfulness and the public’s increasing awareness and acceptance of the practice. The movie celebrates those who have reshaped mindfulness into everyday, practical skills.

Neuroscientists now tell us that the practice of mindfulness literally changes the brain in positive ways. And it’s as simple as paying attention! Throughout the film, we encounter inspiring people and ideas on how changing the way we see can change our lives.

First, the movie explores answers to the two basic questions: what is mindlessness? And what is mindfulness?

Then, the viewer is guided through the neuroscience of why the brain defaults to a mindless mode 90% of the time. Leading world experts discuss eight essential aspects of mindfulness, including easy to understand studies showing why we function at a more highly effective level when we change our default mindless mode to a mindful mode.

Finally, The Mindfulness Movie tells the heartfelt stories of military personnel and teenagers using mindfulness to overcome stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. These real life examples of personal initiative and success truly inspire the viewer to engage the world in a new way.

The Mindfulness Movie (2014, 69 mins) is produced and directed by Paul Harrison AIA. Executive Producer: Lori Lynn Schmidt. Editor: Ken Duke. Cinematography: Steve Scarantino. U.S. English. A Paul Harrison AIA film. A Where’s My Mind? Media release.

 
Brought to you by KL Buddhist Mental Health Association (BMHA)…
 
 

 

For synopsis, preview and reviews of the movie:
http://www.themindfulnessmovie.com/about/synopsis/
http://www.themindfulnessmovie.com/
 
 

For movie registration – HERE. Kindly make payment on the day itself. All are welcome.

For information on KL BMHA – HERE. Information on Mindful-Gym & training schedule – HERE.
Mindful-Gym registration – NOW. Please submit your registration to Sis. Jasmine (jasminechiam1@gmail.com.)
 
 
You will receive a FREE copy of Mindful-Gym HOME DVD 2.0: A Self-Help Stress Reduction & Wellness Program. There will be a discussion and sharing by graduates of Mindful-Gym after the movie.
 

 

Map to location – HERE

 
Thank you,
 
Yours Mindfully,
 
Dr. Phang Cheng Kar (M.D.)

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Forum on Where Meditation Meets Psychotherapy

September 30, 2013 by  
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What is meditation? Is it a form of psychotherapy? Should a person with mental illness meditate? Is any adjustment necessary?

 

 

Further reading:

Meditation & Psychotherapy – HERE

Should A Person With Mental Illness Meditate? – HERE

Post-retreat Slow-wit Syndrome  – HERE

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