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Provide a summary of Chade Meng-Tan’s Video, explicitly discussing share any strengths
and weaknesses on the concept of Mindfulness. What does it mean to you?
In my perspective, Mindfulness means being fully aware of what occurs around you.
According to Zhang et al. (2019), Mindfulness can be defined as non-judgmental awareness in a
particular incident that occurs at a certain moment in time. Mindfulness takes its roots from the
Indian yoga traditions and Theravada Buddhist philosophy which portrayed its meaning as
gaining personal awareness into the meaning of life, nature of existence, and achieving long-term
happiness. It entails two aspects which include; attention and orientation. It also includes artistic
self-expression, meditation, and taking deep breaths. Change Meng Tan presented a talk about
search inside yourself at the Talks at Google, whereby he presented on Mindfulness. According
to Meng, emotional intelligence is an umbrella term that houses self-awareness, confidence, and
optimism. Meng further defined emotional intelligence as “the ability to monitor one’s feelings
and that of others to use the findings as a guide to one’s thinking and actions.” One can achieve
emotional skills through training for at least seven weeks, just as one goes to the gym to be
muscular. According to Meng, what one does or thinks about changes the structure and function
of the brain through neuroplasticity.
Training of emotional intelligence occurs in three stages: attention training, self-mastery,
and creating useful mental habits. Training of quality of mind is achieved through being mindful.
Meng defined Mindfulness as paying attention in a certain manner, on purpose, in the present
moment, non-judgmentally. Meng challenged the audience to perform a deep breath to manifest
Mindfulness. Mindfulness helps to change one’s quality of perception in that it helps one achieve
perception clarity (Search inside Yourself | Chade-Meng Tan | Talks at Google, 2012). This is
attained through a lot of practice on mindfulness techniques such as meditation, and it also
influences the process of thought and emotion. The second strength of Mindfulness is that it
sharpens the mind, increases the quality of attention, and calms the mind. Mindfulness has a few
weaknesses in that being more aware of yourself or the surroundings increase one’s frustration
and triggers judgmental insults.
Based on your reflection of Suffering is Not Enough, (2) discuss what thing you may
currently be “suffering” from and how you can begin to mitigate them, based on what
you’ve learned so far
After reading suffering is not enough, I learned that you suffer less if you know to suffer.
The art of suffering and happiness always goes hand in hand. Currently, I can say that I am
suffering from a lack of personal time. Each time I am free, I watch television programs that I
like most and spend the rest of the time with my friends. After reading suffering is not enough, I
learned that meditation helps one get in touch with themselves in that one is aware of what is
going on in their minds and the world at large. From now onwards, I tend to mitigate the lack of
personal time by using free time to reflect on my aspects through meditation. It can be achieved
by keeping in touch with all aspects of life, being dreadful and wonderful.
Pull out two salient points that resonate most with you.
The article of suffering is not enough to highlight how Tim answers after being told he
has a beautiful smile. During my family get-together, my cousin told me that I had a beautiful
smile that brought happiness to others. I just replied by saying “thank you” instead of “you are
welcomed.” This relates to Tim’s response in the article. Another salient point is on the point of
being happy, peaceful, and smiling to blossom like a flower. Being the only child, when I am
happy, my parents benefit from my happiness by being happy, unlike when I am experiencing
Search Inside Yourself | Chade-Meng Tan | Talks at Google. (2012, April 26). [Video].
Zhang, Q., Wang, Z., Wang, X., Liu, L., Zhang, J., & Zhou, R. (2019). The Effects of Different
Stages of Mindfulness Meditation Training on Emotion Regulation. Frontiers in Human
Neuroscience, 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2019.00208