You need to pay for the bills, but not now; you’re too busy running to your next appointment. You almost get hit by a car while crossing the street to get to the train station on time and you missed that morning meeting because of a fault in the train track. Sounds familiar? Living in a busy city, we regularly face many different kinds of stresses and tend to forget the little things in life that truly matter and by not learning how to control how we respond to stress, our emotional and physical being might suffer and even affect the people that we love.
So how do you manage stress? The easiest way is through meditation. Take a few minutes every day by yourself and try using the Headspace app through guided meditation to attain peace of mind (read on here to find out more about Headspace in an interview Sassy Mama did) or join one of the many meditation sessions or workshops you can find here in Singers and walk away feeling refreshed and energised. The benefits of being more mindful are profound – better sleep, sharper concentration, increased happiness and well being… wouldn’t you want a big fat slice of that? All you’re required to do is to spare some time to tune in, zone out of chronic thinking and live more moment by moment, with lightness and ease. Say goodbye to those stress balls!
Kadampa Meditation Centre
Buddhism is known far and wide as the religion that advocates calm and peacefulness. At Kadampa Meditation Centre, you can study meditation programmes in modern Buddhism which is a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings on compassion and wisdom that’s simple and easy to understand and put into practice. Choose from daytime meditation classes, weekend courses, meditation retreats and study programmes that are catered to helping you become a pure being that’s more peaceful and happier. Our favourite session has to be the Refresh & Revive Lunchtime Class. This quick midday pow-wow is a short and guided meditation class that will prep and put your mind in a state of zen to face the coming week ahead – perfect for us busy, stressed up Sassy Girls!
Kadampa Meditation Centre, 134 Neil Road, Singapore 088863, 6438 1127, www.nkt-kmc-singapore.org
Singapore Breath Meditation Group
The purpose of breath meditation is to calm the mind and develop inner peace. The first stage of meditation is to stop all distractions and and make our minds clearer and more lucid. The technique of breath meditation is simple and an effective method to quiet the headspace while consciously watching our breath. Join the Singapore Breath Meditation Group meet-up if you’re looking for a way to immerse yourself in the present moment and it’s said to be highly beneficial for those who are on a spiritual journey. With breath meditation, it’s proven that you can improve work productivity, enhance your inner state of well-being and also attain a good balance in your life.
Singapore Breath Meditation Group, www.meetup.com/breathmeditation
Nirvana Mind is your new sanctuary and retreat where the world disappears for a while. Step into a candlelit room away from the heat and bustle of the day, where a quiet cushioned space is saved just for you. Dedicated facilitators are there to assist, support and guide you on your journey towards achieving peace of mind. Every day of the week, except Mondays, there are guided meditation sessions and workshops at Nirvana Mind. Choose from a variety of sessions from Inner Smile meditation where you direct positive interval feelings around the body through different organs to Creative Visualisation meditation which is heavily guided practice where you embark on a journey of exploration in which you are able to bring into perspective your aspirations and goals, and prepare yourself to achieve them and many more. One thing’s for sure – there’s definitely something for everyone here.
Nirvana Mind Meditation Sessions, Loft at Boat Quay, 10 North Canal Road, Singapore 048823, 9856 5974, www.nirvanamind.net
Dubbed to be Singapore’s first and only society for mind wellness, Happyology is a studio sanctuary for mindfulness. Made up of a collective of industry professionals who are passionate to offering city dwellers ideas and techniques to maintain a healthy and positive mind, their various programs offer effective solutions for relaxation, health optimisation, harmonious relations, financial wisdom and personal meaning and growth. Happyology’s activity-based approach like yoga, pilates, ceramic art workshops, life drawing classes and more encourage a fun and enjoyable time whilst developing and rejuvenating your ‘self’ and mind. Here, you’ll be able to identify, use and manage your emotions, expand your artistic skills and even learn more about your beliefs and values in life.
Happyology, 10 Spottiswoode Park Road, Singapore 088637, 6802 5443, www.happyologyasia.com
Sahaja Yoga Meditation
Restore inner balance and health in body, mind, and spirit at Sahaja Yoga Meditation. Best part of it all? It comes at no cost! A registered non-profit society in Singapore, Sahaja Yoga Meditation was created with the aim of sharing the knowledge and experiences of self-realisation, meditation and and healthy lifestyle to the local community. The classes here will allow you to experience the benefits of real meditation and you’ll also learn techniques that you can continue at home – no yoga postures or physical exercises needed. Just chairs where you’ll sit comfortable and practical guided mediation sessions to get you into a peaceful state of mind. The society also organizes regular workshops, lectures by renowned speakers and practitioners in local community clubs as well as sponsor cultural events and concerts. So there’s really no excuse not to take up meditation here since classes are all FOC!
LifeSteps is a pioneer in providing mindfulness skills and it was the first to offer an eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme in Singapore in 2009. Specialising in professional counselling and psychotherapy services for the expatriate, local, and corporate communities, LifeSteps adopt an integrative approach incorporating cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic and object relations modalities for individuals, couples, and groups undergoing transitions at different points in their lives. Step away from this programme with an increase in insight and awareness, and be equipped to meet life’s challenges. Sounds inspiring doesn’t it? We’ll see you at the next MBSR Programme!
Life Steps, 1 Tanglin Road, Orchard Parade Hotel Office Suites, #04-09, Singapore 247905, 9185 7453, www.lifesteps.com.sg
Joyful Garden Sangha
To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. At Joyful Garden Sangha, you’ll learn and practice mindfulness and meditation from a community of people who were taught by Thich Nhat Hanh (or more affectionately known as Thay). Thay is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master, poet and scholar and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967 for his lifelong efforts in advocating peace and reconciliation. This 3 May, join the community of Joyful Garden Sangha in collaboration with Poh Ming Tse temple to embrace a Day of Mindfulness (DOM) where you’ll learn to enjoy doing daily things with mindfulness – walking, sitting, eating, listening, speaking, resting – bringing our body and mind into the present moment.
Heal and meditate at the Terataii, a holistic health centre that offers offers Reiki, meditation, counselling, coaching; and self-development training in change and stress management and more. Founder Pamposh Dhar founded the Terataii Reiki (a special technique and skill that uses the hand to boost immunity, prevent illness, heal injuries, remove stress, cure insomnia and more) and since its humble beginnings in 2006, the centre has grown exponentially with Pamposh conduction corporate training workshops and sessions focused on management, mindfulness, communication and even writing skills. Try the Meditation Hour with Pamposh or sign up for the many other workshops available from simple meditation techniques, living happily with change to discovering the art of happiness.
Terataii, Sime Darby building, #04-03C, 896 Dunearn Road, Singapore 589472, 8218 395, www.terataii.com.sg
If you’re a yogi, try a session at YOGAM Singapore. Uniting yoga and meditation, in one impactful practice, the centre located at Race Course Road offers high-energy processes in a sacred space that’s conducive for meditation, yoga, and wellness activities under one roof. Expand the capabilities of the brain and awaken your Kundalini energy, the latent potential energy in every human being. We’re particularly taken with the Life Bliss Program that’s a unique meditation program designed by enlightened master, Paramahamsa Nithyanada. In this course you’ll gain clarity on how to love a completely fulfilled life of power and purpose and break free from the patterns which have been causing you to love at only a fraction of what you’re capable of. This workshop stretches over two days over the weekend and is guaranteed to change your view of life! If you’re looking for something more ad-hoc and casual, pop by the centre for daily meditation sessions.
YOGAM Singapore, 411 Race Course Road, Singapore 218659, www.lifebliss-singapore.org/2011/10/yogam-singapore
Founded by Dr. Jessie Koh who holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Clinical Psychology from Australia, Connected Sense is an independent practice in Singapore. Dr. Koh provides counselling and psychotherapy for individual adults and couples seeking professional guidance to overcome behavioural or emotional challenges that people commonly experience. Additionally, Dr. Koh delivers mindfulness-based programs and mental health talks on general mental wellbeing to the community and corporate clients. Think of Connected Sense as your personal life coach.
Connected Sense, 115 Amoy Street, #04-00, Singapore 069935, www.connectedsense.sg
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