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About Mindful Disciple
Hi, my name is Chris. Welcome to my blog. Mindful Disciple is where I share valuable lessons I learned in this journey called life that I believe are beneficial for self-improvement and for helping others to live more balanced and healthy lives.
First, let me tell you my story.
I had worked as a top executive in a stressful, long working-hour automotive industry for almost two decades. Along the way I encounter a lot of stressed-out people wherever I go, people with anxiety, panic attack, depression, forgetful and all the problems associated with them. Some of them are at a worrying degree and are even relying on drugs.
Because of my working conditions, it affected me too. I can relate to them. So, I know and understand how it feels. If you’re feeling hard to focus on anything, hard to make priorities, easily get angry, anxious all the time, you know what I mean.
I realized that most of these are about how I manage my mind. I thought if I can make my mind work for me instead of against me then, problems solved, period. That was a simple understanding. Isn’t that right?
So, I read a lot of books on personal development, watched motivational videos and attended many seminars and training with the topic of self-improvement and personal development. All of them work to some extent. But, the stress and anxiety always come back to visit me.
I realized I was relying on external factors to tame them. So, the solutions weren’t permanent. I wanted to make it permanent. I thought I need to build something in my mind, a mechanism, a way of thinking, a trick, a habit or something. I don’t want to rely on anything external for solving anything internal. That’s what I thought, a simple idea, right?
“I don’t want to rely on anything external for solving anything internal”
At one point, back in 2009, I attended several mindfulness meditation retreats and the ones that suit me very well is the Buddhist Vipassana with the cittānupassanā tradition (the third Satipaṭṭhāna). Or, in layman term: contemplation of the mind.
And, I attended several more retreats a couple of years after.
This meditation really suits me well. I experience real benefits in my life. For me, it really is life-transforming. And, I’ve been practicing ever since.
In fact, I can’t even imagine a life without meditation
Although the retreats were Buddhist in tradition, the participants were from many other religious backgrounds. Once, I even had attended a Buddhist meditation retreat conducted in a Buddhist monastery where the Buddhist participants were the minority. What an irony. But, later I found out that, that was not uncommon.
As a matter of fact, I’m no Buddhist either. But, the takeaways from those retreats are precious. You don’t need to be a Buddhist to take advantage of them because they’re universal. They can benefit anyone regardless of religious background. They’re just happened to be referenced from Buddhist scripture.
“The takeaways are universal and can benefit anyone regardless of religious background”
Now, most of us busy working people have limited time to attend to such retreats where typically last for at least ten days. Not to mention the difficulties of understanding the “technical” terms taken from the scripture.
So, I built Mindful Disciple as a place to share with you those valuable takeaways, experience from others as well as my own, deliver them in simple layman terms to help you manage your daily stress, anxiety, depression, panic attack in the hope you and I and all others can benefit from it and live more mindful, balanced and healthy lives.
When you own it and make it your lifestyle, this meditative approach is far-reaching and goes beyond just stress and anxiety management. It will be beneficial for your personal relationship, personal development, and self-improvement. It will transform your life.
Look, I’m no expert. I consider myself a continuous learner. I call it sharing ancient simple wisdom to help others live mindful, balanced and healthy lives. And you and I will learn together and from each other along the way. It works for me. I strongly believe it will work for you.
“I call it sharing ancient simple wisdom to help others live mindful, balanced and healthy lives”
That is what Mindful Disciple is all about.
All the best,