Frequently Asked Questions
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of being consciously attentive to the present moment. It involves paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and experiences without judging them. By being mindful, we become aware of our physical, emotional and mental reactions to any experiences. We remember to be mindful, with a curious mind that is prepared to befriend whatever experiences that comes along. gloWithin believes that the practice of mindfulness is open to all, from children, teenagers to adults.
How can mindfulness benefit me?
Huge amount of scientific research, backed by neuroscience and psychological evidence, has shown the immense benefits and potential of mindfulness.
Mindfulness can transform lives by:
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Improving mental health
- Boosting productivity
- Improving attention and work efficiency
- Fostering better relationships
- Improving sleep patterns
- Developing resilience to face challenges
- Enhancing well-being and happiness
Mindfulness can help us to understand emotions like fear, sadness and anger better, and how these emotions influence our reactions. With the clarity of mind through regular mindfulness practice, we can gain a truer understanding of the roots of our problems and what it takes to be free from those difficulties. With mindfulness, we come to appreciate life more fully, cultivate gratitude and bring acceptance towards life. When we consistently cultivate mindfulness, it opens up avenues to greater happiness, insights and inspiration.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Why learn mindfulness?” tab_id=”1483749133592-85328b6d-cb6b”][vc_column_text]Mindfulness offers an alternative to effectively respond to the difficulties in life.
Mindfulness, backed by robust scientific research offers us potential and benefits (refer to the question above) to:
- Enhance well-being and happiness
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Strengthen attention and focus
- Improve mental health
- Foster better relationships
- Develop resilience to face challenges
Mindfulness offers a better way to understand the roots of your problems. Over time, you discover what it takes to be free from your problems. You become open to greater happiness, peace and clarity. You can discover within yourselves:
- Your unique habitual thought patterns and reactions
- The causes of your emotions that always get out of hand
- Your actions that keep limiting your happiness
- What you can do to be truly happy
Many of us struggle with stress, anger, anxiety, sadness, loneliness and regret. We perpetually struggle to maintain the little happiness that we have. Deep down, we know something is not quite right. We cope by distracting ourselves, suppressing unwanted emotions or numbing ourselves to them. Our problems go away for a while, but they end up coming back again. With diligent mindfulness cultivation, you can experience greater peace and freedom in the face of the turbulence in life.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”How to be mindful?” tab_id=”1483749314015-ed0c4afd-3424″][vc_column_text]You can cultivate mindfulness in a range of ways, by bringing awareness to your behaviour, feelings and thoughts patterns. Through our gloWithin Mindfulness programmes, you will learn different approaches to develop mindfulness. With time, you equip yourself with various tools to develop mindfulness. We practice mindfulness with a relaxed attitude of openness, curiosity and kindness. You will learn to respond to life’s challenges with kindness and wisdom.
The starting point to mindfulness is to try it out yourself. Learning to be mindful is just like learning any new skill. It may be difficult at first, but don’t give up. Slowly but surely, as you patiently practice, it becomes easier, until Voila — one day, mindfulness will become fully integrated into your life.
Is mindfulness religious?
gloWithin’s approach to mindfulness is secular, non-religious and open to all. You shall not have to adopt any religious beliefs to practice mindfulness. There is no ritual practice involved. The approach is simple, relevant and pragmatic. We have worked with many people of different religions and faiths. Simply come with an open mind to learn mindfulness and try it out for yourself. Read more about what others say about gloWithin’s mindfulness programme.
Who can practise mindfulness?
Mindfulness is for anyone. People from all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender and religion, can practise mindfulness. With gloWithin’s mindfulness programmes, we teach mindfulness to a broad spectrum of people, from young children, university students, adults to senior citizens. In short, anyone can learn mindfulness, as long as they are interested, and wish to understand and learn more about themselves.In recent years, global interest around mindfulness has flourished. Robust research has demonstrated the wide benefits of mindfulness in a broad range of settings, from healthcare, education, business and government. Mindfulness has been embraced in many schools in the UK and US. Global business corporations like Google have endorsed and applied the practice of mindfulness at the workplace to train their personnel in leadership and emotional intelligence. Even the parliamentarians in the UK parliament learn mindfulness through 8-week courses. Mindfulness is a universal capacity. So if they can do it, you can do it too!
How can I learn mindfulness?
The most effective way to learn mindfulness is by learning it experientially. This means you have to try it out yourself.
Reading about mindfulness or listening to talks about mindfulness may give you some useful information, but at the end of the day, there is no shortcut. You’ve got to practice and experience mindfulness for yourself.
Remember when you first learnt how to ride a bike? Learning mindfulness is just like learning any new skill. It may be difficult at first, but gradually it will become easier as you practise more, and mindfulness will become more integrated into your daily life.
Where and when do I practise mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be practised anytime, anywhere. It is not just a classroom practice, restricted to a specific posture within a certain timeframe. Mindfulness in your daily life can bring about great benefits. With practice, you will learn to integrate mindfulness continuously into your everyday life, moment-to-moment. Whenever you remember, you can be mindful. Bring in mindfulness when you’re working, studying, driving, cleaning or simply relaxing. Many people also find it helpful to set aside time daily to practice mindfulness formally. It’s also a wonderful way to start your day by practicing mindfulness in the morning.
How much does it cost to attend the mindfulness workshops?
gloWithin’s intention is to make mindfulness accessible to everyone. Our workshop fees are offered at a price that most can afford. The fees vary according to course and package. Check out our Upcoming Events for further details on the workshops. We also offer student discount and special consideration for those who are financially challenged.
Where and when are your mindfulness workshops?
We have regular mindfulness workshops for children, teenagers and adults throughout the year. Check out our upcoming mindfulness workshops.
Our workshops are mainly held in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Malaysia. We plan to offer our workshops in other locations in the near future. Not from Kuala Lumpur, but interested? Drop us a line.
Do I need to close my eyes or sit in a special posture to practice mindfulness?
You can be mindful with your eyes opened, as well as with your eyes closed. You do not need to sit in any particular posture. Just like how we do not close our eyes while we walk or drive, we do not need to close our eyes to be mindful and pay attention to the present moment. Whether your eyes are opened or closed, whatever your posture may be, as long as we remember to be mindful, we can be conscious of the present moment. We can be aware of our emotions like happiness and sadness, and get in touch with our thoughts and state of being.