So I'm here.
To all my friends in Vancouver - I made it! To all my friends elsewhere, I've moved country (again) and that will likely come as no surprise to many of you.
Two weeks ago, I took up residence just outside Kuala Lumpur, embarking on a new career path at Taylor's University as a Mindfulness and Life Skills facilitator. My role will be to design and spearhead mindfulness-based initiatives in higher ed. with the hopes of enhancing emotional well-being for students; this uni has graciously offered me the platform to do so. What that looks like is slowly beginning to take form. I'll keep you posted.
This blog serves a few purposes:
1) To keep ME writing .
2). To keep YOU updated on my life over here. As most of you are over 'there' (Canada, Singapore, Australia).
3). And to (hopefully) demonstrate how one can bring contemplative practice into even the most gritty of urban environments - no joke, this city is a beast.
My original blog was called the Tao Of Now, created some years ago now: the intention of it was to demonstrate how one could integrate contemplative practices into their city lives, without retreating to a monastery or hermitage.
(FYI: Contemplative practices are activities that shift our mind's habitual chatter and bring us back to the present moment. Mindfulness is but one of those contemplative practices - one that I'm most interested in.)
This blog serves to continue the lineage of the Dao of Now - albeit - in an entirely new form, in an entirely new environment, and in an entirely new era of my life (no longer a student, now a working professional, or something like that).
But before I get into the hows of practicing mindfulness in the streets of K.L, allow these pictures below to set the context: