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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mindful@Sejahtera Program in Malaysia

It is with great pleasure to annouce that Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has successfully introduced a 8-weekly MINDFULNESS Training Program, namely, Mindful@Sejahtera to its lecturers and supporting staff, since Octorber 2013. Mindful@Sejahtera is an emotional intelligence and stress management program for sustainable personal development for USM community and the Malaysia society based on secular Mindfulness training. This is a joint project of the School of Chemical Sciences and Pusat Sejahtera (Health Center). The program is funded by the University-Community Engagement Project under the Division of Industry and Community Network (BJIM) of USM.

The main aim of the Mindful@Sejahtera project is to pioneer in integrating Mindfulness-based Emotional Intelligence techniques for stress and emotional management in universities, schools, hospitals, non-profit organisations, and corporates in Malaysia.  This is accomplished by disseminating Emotional Intelligence skills based on Mindfulness trainings and thus, improving the practitioner’s overall well-being, quality of life and relationship satisfaction.

The Mindful@Sejahtera training was conducted by Dr. Yeoh Kar Kheng and assisted by Dr. Lee Hooi Ling, both trainers are Senior Lecturers in  School of Chemical Sciences, USM.  The founder of Mindful-GYM,  Dr Phang Cheng Kar, is the professional advisor for the Mindful@Sejahtera program. The Mindful@Sejahtear classes are  scheduled on every Mondays, for a duration of 8 weeks, from 5:15 p.m till 6:45 p.m. at Ibn Sina Room in Pusat Sejahtera. We are currently running the 2nd Phase of Mindful@Sejahtera Program which started in mid February 2014. The students  are expected to join the Mindful@Sejahtera training in the 3rd Phase of the program, which is scheduled to start in the coming semester.

We have also successfully offered Mindful@Sejahtera trainings to not-for-profit organizations such as Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, D’ Home Mental Health Association, religious organizations, universities and schools. We believe we have reached out to a multiracial community from different religious and professional background in the local society. Here are some of the photos and testimonies from the past participants of Mindful@Sejahtera Program. 

Testimonies on Mindful@Sejahtera Program

 “I found all the sessions were very enlightening, refreshing, de-stressing; and also fascinating enough, very much similar to the teachings of my own religion Islam. I am able to be more aware / mindful ( khusyuk ) when performing my prayers; able to enjoy my meals better than before; am able to feel the earth beneath my feet when I do my regular Sejahtera Walks in the campus. I am more careful and conscious of my words when I talk; especially to my loved ones, at home.”
- Dr. Nurulain A. B, Director of Pusat Sejahtera, USM

 “Filling up the form to join the Mindful@Sejahtera program was so far the best decision I have ever made in my life. Attending Mindful@Sejahtera 8-weekly sessions have also been the most memorable times I have had and shall I say the most peaceful sessions I have experienced. To those who haven't joined any Mindfulness course and are keen to join, I highly recommend this Mindful@Sejahtera program and please do not think twice to fill up the form now for the upcoming sessions.”
Lis S. I., Assistant Registrar, Center for Knowledge, Communication and Technology, USM

“Before the Mindfulness practice, I used to have shoulder pain very often, especially when I was rushing for deadlines. But now, my shoulder pain is gone! Perhaps this was because when I did the Body Scan, I could feel my shoulder is “cracking” away the stress. This was really amazing!”
- Professor Dr. Lim C. S., School of Educational Studies, USM

“Through the Mindful@Sejahtera class, I have learned new information, understanding and confidence in addressing my anxiety and sleeping problem. The Mindfulness practices taught in the class are very helpful in keeping me calm and relaxed. After a few weeks into the Mindfulness journey, I was pleasantly surprised that I could have a good night sleep without any medication....just keeping to a daily dose of mindfulness practice”.
Lim BC, Operations Director (retired), a US multinational company

“After two months of systematically practicing the training program’s homework, I feel that I am calmer and less tensed when facing problem. Now, I have less  worries of my future, as I know that it will not help me in any sense, because we do not see the world as it is, but as we are. The anticipation of my future that is based on my guess and mental model created by my mind  could be completely wrong.”
- Cheah J S, MSc candidate, School of Chemical Sciences, USM

“The content of the Mindful@Sejahtera training is exceptionally respectful and educational in helping us identifying the issues from a cross functional perspectives.  The teamwork between Dr Yeoh and Dr Lee demonstrates effortless professional expertise.  I am very glad to confirm that we have received a lot of positive feedbacks to your excellent training sessions due to your excellent training skills, both the contents and standard of delivery. Not only have we all learned a great deal, but it has also been a very pleasant cooperation with you. 
- Sister Cyrilla, Mission Awareness Coordinator, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital 

Reported by Dr. Yeoh Kar Kheng (PhD):

Dr. Yeoh Kar Kheng obtained his doctorate degree in Organic Chemistry from University of Oxford, UK. He joined the School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as a Senior Lecturer in 2012. In addition to his professional career, he has over 10 years of experience practising/teaching Mindfulness. He initiated and conducted the INTI International University Mindfulness Class from 2004 to 2007. At present, he is still actively involved in Mindfulness trainings, which include completing a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course at Oxford University Mindfulness Centre, UK. He is the founder and project leader of Mindful@Sejahtera Program - A Mindfulness-based Emotional Intelligence and Wellness Program for USM and the Community. He is the keynote speaker of “Voices 4 Mental Health”, an event organised by Mental Health Coalition of Penang in conjunction with World Mental Health Day 2013. He also has been invited to deliver Mindfulness talks in universities, schools, hospitals, non-profit organisations and international conferences. 

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