ADRA & PAVE CONFERENCE 20 JULY 2021
Mindfulness and "Me-First" Generation: Cultivating Responsibility, Respect, Trust, Gratitude and Compassion
Dr Belinda Siew Luan Khong
LLB (Hons), Phd (Psy), MAPS, FCCounp, FAPA
In this talk, I paint a snapshot of the "Me-First Generation". Grandparents, spouses, parents, kids, employees/employers, corporations, citizens, leaders, anyone with an attitude of "We want it all, and all at the same time NOW." I discuss how individuals in contemporary societies demand more rights and entitlements without taking reciprocal responsibility generating a "Me-First" attitude. This sense of entitlement and instant gratification are amongst the important causes of mental health issues today. I discuss examples of this narcissistic tendency in our society, especially in the WOKE and CANCEL cultures.
I explore the Buddha's teachings on Mindfulness; Generosity and Ethical Conduct values promoted in all wisdom traditions. These values help us to cultivate Responsibility (rather than a sense of entitlement); Respect (rather than discourtesy and demands); Trust (rather than cynicism and divisiness); Gratitude (rather than lack of appreciation and egoism) and Compassion (rather posturing and political correctness). Practising these positive values lay the groundwork for being mindful and the development of wisdom, personal and social responsibility.
Topics covered include:
- The Buddha's teachings
- Mindful parent-child relationship
- Intervening and anticipatory care, inter-connectedness
- Research on compassion and benefits of mindfulness
- Applications of responsibility, respect, gratitude, trust and compassion in daily living
- Q & A
I offer practical examples and exercises to demonstrate the themes of the talk