Improve concentration and focus

With the economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Malaysians are worried about their future, with some 600,000 already unemployed.

May 31, 2020

By Bernard Anthony
With the economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Malaysians are worried about their future, with some 600,000 already unemployed. The implementation of the conditional Movement Control Order (MCO) has increased the level of stress or anxiety for many.

The art of de-stressing teaches you to let go of craving, aversion and ignorance of your real being; these being the main causes of stress, anxiety and misery, said Fr Charles Chin.

The resident priest at the Church of St Michael in Alor Setar has been teaching the art of destressing through silent meditation for a couple of years.

Fr Chin says you start by observing your natural breath in order to develop control over your mind. It is a scientific obser vation of yourself, by yourself. Fr Chin went on to say that it is not a science that deals with matter outside of yourself. “It is a science that deals with the mind within yourself. A science of inter action of mind and matter. It is a scientific way of leading a happy life, according to the law of nature”, he added.

He gave an example that if you generate a negative thought, you will feel anger or hatred; you will lose your inner peace. But if you generate a positive thought, then you will be happy and blissful.

The aim is total purification of your mind. The result will be:

(a) an increase in work efficiency,
(b) an improvement in concentration and focusing, 
(c) mental strength to face the ups and downs of daily living, and
(d) an enduring state of inner peace and blissfulness.

Fr Chin also quoted from Matthew 5:8, part of the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”; re-emphasizing the vital benefits of internal spiritual mental and well being.

The Meditation Sessions offered by Fr Chin are free. The new sessions will begin once the conditional MCO period is officially over, but health and preventive measures (SOP) against COVID-19 will be put in place.

Those interested can get in touch with Fr Chin at 012-5102515 or 012-5655893.

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