“Free your mind and the rest will follow!” Thus goes an old song...but what if your thoughts keep jumping from one topic to another? What if you’re supposed to be studying, but you’re scrolling through Taobao? What if your thesis is due soon, but you keep on thinking about the newest GoT episode? What if [insert own phrase]? On Friday, April 12th , Dalida Turkovic calmed us all down simply with her presence, by explaining that having a monkey mind is normal, and what we can to do control it. Photo: 赵钟莹 Zhao Zhongbao
At the latest Rotaract Beijing West event aptly entitled “Free your mind”, Dalida first asked us about mindfulness. What is it? Does anyone practice it? Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of our surroundings, of our thoughts, and being present. To illustrate this, she asked us to close our eyes, and listen to the sounds around us. Did our mind wander over to past events, or the future? She then asked us to just observe the room and the people in it. Everyone noticed something different, something we would have normally ignored.
Dalida then told us about how she freed her mind. Her coach had once asked her to visualize her “monkey”, all those thoughts that were sidetracking her from her goals, and to tell it to go away. To acknowledge its presence, make peace with it, and tell it goodbye. This story brought up an important point: that by acknowledging our fears, our emotions, and the real reason behind them, we can think more clearly, make better decisions, and be calmer in a world that’s functioning at an ever increasing pace. It was an eye-opening talk and a constructive discussion and, as a small parting gift, Dalida gave each participant a small card with “Sam” - the cute and wise character she created, and a word to ponder (or meditate) upon as we learn how to control our own monkeys.
Dalida Turkovic is the founder of the Beijing Mindfulness Center, and as an executive and wellness coach, she has been working with individual and corporate clients for over 20 years. Having lived in China since the 1990s, she has a profound insight into key issues that corporations face in a fast and ever changing environment. In 2002 she founded Small Steps (China) Ltd help improve performance and facilitate change through coaching. In 2015, she founded the BMC where she teaches secular mindfulness classes and workshops, offers individual coaching sessions, as well as coaching certifications. Her mantra is: “Pause – Breathe – Connect”.
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