One way to stay composed in this unsettling time is by practicing mindfulness, a self-help technique to cope with adversity that was recommended by the World Health Organization in its illustrated guide Doing What Matters in Times of Stress issued in April.
Mindfulness, as the word suggests, means the mind full of nowness that pertains to awareness in the present moment. It could be done in a number of forms, the most well-known is meditation.
Commonly practiced in a comfortable sitting position, mindful meditation involves focusing our attention, such as our breath, and paying attention to our sensations, feelings and thoughts in the moment without commentary or judgment — just being “here and now” with ourselves. But it is not as easy as it sounds.
A meditation practitioner for over 15 years, Cindy Yap, an administrative officer currently working in Kuala Lumpur, …