香港大學社會科學學院副院長(研究生教育) 及 香港大學行為健為健康教研中心總監
近年來，靜觀 (Mindfulness) 在本地及西方的心理健康領域裡佔了很重要的席位。修習靜觀可以培養個人對身體感覺、想法、情緒的覺察，借此加深我們對自己的理解，讓我們能透過專注、覺察更效地管理自己的情緒及自身的壓力。靜觀的練習培養我們以不偏不依、開放好奇的心態如實覺察當下，幫助個人發展出面對逆境時的復原力 (Resilience)，於逆境時以「溫柔接納」取代抗拒。
What is Mindfulness and its practice ?
By Professor Rainbow Ho T.H.
Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong (Graduate Education)
Director of Behavioral Health Education and Research Center, The University of Hong Kong
In recent years, Mindfulness has occupied a very important position in the local and western mental health fields. Mindfulness practice can cultivate individuals’ self awareness of thoughts and emotions, body sensitivities, so as to deepen understanding of ourselves. We then learn to manage our emotions and stress more effectively through self focused practice mind. This practice let us cultivates our mind of being unbiased, open and helps the individual develop resilience in face of adversity, accepts them with “Grace“.
On philosophy toward worldly matters, Mindfulness and the I Ching “Book of Changes" coincidentally have comparable views on life and the universe. I Ching is one of the oldest ancient text in China. It is the foundation of both Taoism and Confucianism; prime of the five Confusian classics. Its central idea describes the universal changes of the world; explain them with relativity of the two elements of yin and yang. Encourage us to face the ever-changing world with the attitude of “walking with time”. This is the same as the wisdom of the above-mentioned good and the ordinary, and calmly confronts all kinds of worries in life.
In addition to the similarity of life and world view, I Ching both and art therapy has prevailed in the West and many Asian countries such as HK in recent years. Creative art therapy is psychotherapy with participants through paintings, music, dance moves, drama and text creation. The process of artistic creation not only helps us to devote ourselves to the “present moment”, but also helps us experience beautiful things in life. Hence, cultivate our appreciation of the world. Through non-verbal expression and creation, art therapy can help us to unlock our ability and creativity in things, and cultivate our positive emotions, let us give new meaning to the big things in life, let our minds and hearts become more resilient to stress.
The mindful practice, artistic creation and appreciation, meditate on wisdom of the I Ching benefit us when facing imperfections of life in a broader spirit, let us explore the possibility with an open attitude, and develop self resilience in adversity. If we can combine the three into one, we can truly demonstrate the Asian culture which always advocate the treasurable value of coexistence of all things. Indeed a genuine splendor.
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