In case you haven’t noticed, mindfulness is a hot topic these days, especially in a high-strung city like Hong Kong where people can go through an entire day without thinking, or even breathing (consciously). Luckily, there are several meditation and mindfulness groups that have sprung up to help promote the practice of mindfulness through curated events.
One of them is MDFLMVMT, which is an abbreviation of Mindful Movement. We reached out to the creators to find out who they are and what they’re hoping to achieve:
Hello, MDFLMVMT! Can you introduce yourselves?
Mindful Movement (@mdflmvmt) is started by Suetyi, Fion and Delia.
Suetyi Wong and Fion Leung are co-founders of a charity called Time Auction, a platform that connects volunteers with inspirational people in various industries. Through our entrepreneurial journeys, we’ve experienced the benefits of meditation which has helped us through just about everything including career changes, goal setting, relationships, breakups, becoming more centered and productive, etc.
This year, we’ve joined forces with Delia Leung, a Dharma Yoga teacher who has been studying with Sri Dharma Mittra, the yoga legend in New York. Delia is also a teacher offering knowledge in meditation, mindfulness practice, pranayama (yogic breathing), and yoga nidra (guided sleep meditation). She has a BSc in Psychology and is expected to earn her Master of Buddhist Studies degree at the Center of Buddhist Studies of The University of Hong Kong next year.
What is your mission?
Meditation for Modern People. Our mission is to spread the benefits of this thousands-of-years-old practice to modern people who live the overly-stimulated, on-the-go and constantly-connected lifestyle, which we all need some regular calm and quiet from.
How did you guys start meditating? Can you share your first experience with meditation with us?
Fion: When work got too busy, I had trouble sleeping and got started with the guided meditation app, Headspace.
Suetyi: I started meditating with the app Headspace as well, (Fion actually introduced me to it) and I tried it out of curiosity! To be honest, I didn’t know what I was doing in the beginning and I probably fell asleep which is why it’s better to have someone guide you through it.
Delia: I began my practice with a teacher in HK who organises guided sessions with explanations of the what, why, when and how.
Why do you think meditation is needed in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is a fast-paced and crowded city, and life can get pretty hectic and stressful at times, such as rushing into the MTR, working long hours while juggling our social lives. Meditation is a mental practice that helps us focus, sleep, deal with stress and anxiety, while having more compassion and understanding for the many people we cross paths with.
Personally, it has helped us become more aware of our emotions and be less reactive to external factors, thereby making better choices with more clarity.
Do you have any tips on how a regular person can start meditating?
If you’re someone who needs a little more guidance and accountability, you can try attending a group meditation class as it can help reinforce your practice like a group fitness class. By joining a group, you can meet like-minded people and learn from other people’s experiences in meditation.
What does one need to start meditating?
Everyone is different, but do place yourself in a positive and clean space. The home is a good place to start—just find a corner that is free of clutter. Alternatively, meditate in temples, monasteries, or shrines. It is recommended to meditate at the same time every day.
Bring yourself to sit comfortably—it could be on a chair, a cushion, a yoga block, or on the floor; anywhere so long you are relaxed, with no muscle tension or stress.
Okay, we’re ready to start. When is your next event?
Our next event is “Slow Dating – a Workshop on Conscious Connections” on September 6th, from 7-9pm. Modern dating can be tough with all the apps, swiping and matching—this workshop will be an interactive evening with meditation, story-sharing, mindful-dating tips and mingling, where you’ll meet some new friends too.