A total of 112 participants and invited guests retreated from their busy lives and joined us on the half-day mindfulness workshop with Dr Alan Wallace, respectively across two Saturdays on 19 and 26 June.

The 4-hours workshop was delivered in two parts, each with a lecture segment, a mindfulness practice session and a Q&A discussion. During the workshop, Dr Alan Wallace first presented in theory and practice, ways of cultivating an inner stillness and awareness that can be sustained even in the midst of a very active lifestyle. The second theme focused on the cultivation of compassion, directed toward ourselves and toward others, while emphasizing the fundamental yearning we all share to find a sustainable sense of well-being and freedom from anxiety and depression.

Training in mindfulness is crucial for us to evolve to a higher degree of psychological maturity.

Here’s some quick highlights we would like to share with you!

Take Home Message 1:

Eudaimonia – a new way of life to achieve a psychological sense of well-being. The practical way to achieve this way of life and balance is through mindfulness and introspection.

Our modern way of life, both prior to the pandemic and now, has led many people to experience a state of chronic stress and exhaustion. We may find ourselves inclined to a state of constant activity, sensory or intellectual stimulation and even obsessive rumination. The question is: Are we able to seek happiness in such a state?

We have seen how materialistic world view has led to the pursuit of hedonia through wealth, power and status. In turn, many people began to adopt consumerism as a way of life – the more we consume, the happier we are. However, in recent days, we’ve seen the catastrophic damage to Earth from this way of life as we gather wealth at the expense of nature. Are we truly happy with this?

As such, people are increasingly aware that true happiness may be found through inner peace, emotional balance and vitality. Eudaimonia is a state of well-being that may be experienced as an emotion, mood or trait that arises from an ethical and benevolent way of life. This can be cultivated through mental balance, wisdom and entailing insight into one’s nature and relation to the world as a whole. Let’s see Dr Alan Wallace’s explanation on his point of view.

Mindfulness is to be aware of the present moment and our senses, while introspection is for one to observe one’s own mental and emotional processes. We can learn to recognize which thoughts, emotions and desires are conducive to and detrimental to one’s own and others’ well-being, through training in metacognitive awareness. Let’s hear it from Dr Alan Wallace.

Now, we know the gradual steps to take for us to reposition ourselves to settle into the new norm and embrace the new way of life towards true happiness

Take Home Message 2:

We need to cultivate a sense of compassion and connection, directed towards ourselves and others. The greatest gift we can give to others is our attention.

At times, we may be very focused on what is happening in our lives and feel strongly emotional about our own plight. If we were to take a step back and see things from a greater perspective, it may not be as devastating as it looks. View the video below to hear the analogy of the impact of a pebble in a cup from Dr Alan Wallace.

Once we step out of the self-centered view of the world, we can then expand the field of caring to people around us or even any being in the world. As we cultivate this compassion or loving-kindness to others, we regard them as worthy of being love. With great affection, you wish to do things that benefit them. As people engage in this connection with others, we will be able to achieve a sustainable sense of well-being and mental resilience.

Try-it-yourself: Mindfulness Practice

Are you keen to try out mindfulness at your own time, here’s four 15 minutes guided practice by Dr Alan Wallace. You can thank us later!

Mindfulness practice 1

Mindfulness practice 2

Mindfulness practice 3

Mindfulness practice 4

For those who have more time to engage in mindful listening…

Here’s the full lecture segments for educational sharing.

19 June

Part 1  l  Part 2

26 June

Part 1  l  Part 2

Keen to find out more about Mindfulness Practice?

Mind Gym offers mindfulness-based practices to help working professionals and students mitigate the stressors of daily life. Sign up for our upcoming 8 Week Mindfulness Programme with our mindfulness teacher – Joy Chen, to experience how regular practice helps to improve memory, brain connectivity and even inflammation. The next run of this quarterly programme will be from 4 August to 29 September. Register HERE today!

Are you a Mindfulness Practitioner?

We are looking to build a community of Mindfulness Teacher to facilitate more Mindfulness programmes under Mind Gym initiative. If you are keen to be a part of our community, please register your interest with Joy Chen at

For our participants, we hope you enjoyed this workshop and we look forward to seeing you again. For those who missed the workshop, we hope this workshop highlights will be beneficial to you. Video highlights are for educational purposes only, in line with our goals to share knowledge and benefit the community. Please do not replicate the videos or content without permission.

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