Crystal Goh is a practitioner and neuroscientist working in a health and technology sector in California. She was born and raised in Hong Kong and lived in England for a while, then travelled around world with work.
Crystal was raised as a Christian, but looked for alternatives is her teens. She started practicing yoga and meditation due to a lot of difficulty at home and purely out of a need to escape suffering. She has explored many different types of practices over the years, most recently studying mindfulness with Jack Kornfield.
Mindfulness has its routes in traditional meditation but now days, for many, it’s the ability to be aware of the present moment in a very present non-judgmental way. Meditation works on attention, emotional regulation, and memory but for Crystal, mindfulness is all about being able to see yourself, without pushing away or attaching to the things you see. You start to grow this ability to be with yourself. It’s a tool that captures you in that moment. Being there, with all the feelings and thoughts and fully excepting yourself.
If you imagine you are walking into the shore with big waves crash you down, the more you do this, the waves still come but maybe you don’t get knocked down so easily or perhaps you get up faster. This is the heart of resilience – this is the connection between Mindfulness, Meditation and Resilience
Zen practice has helped Crystal, who is a survivor of child abuse, to improve her concentration, focus and awareness. Mindfulness has added an element of being able to hold all of it and be with it.
www.mindful.org has a great getting started page sharing simple exercises such as being aware of your breath, you will also find Crystals blogs. Mindfulness is a secular activity, not routed in religion. Anyone can start. It’s part of taking care of our mind, as our actions and thoughts are very powerful.
We tend to get distracted in everyday life. Gadgets and devices affect our attention span and mental energy. Mindfulness and nature are free gifts and tools… perhaps we have just forgotten how to use them.
Crystal is passionate about mental health issues in China where although it is often seen as a taboo subject, 200 million people need access to mental health help. There is a lack of trained professionals to help people and there is huge stigma around getting help. Society is changing fast and people are trying to cope with the social changes. Her organisation is training professionals in China, importing the best practices in mindfulness to engage the medical profession. There are also digital solutions for brain health. Some people may be clinically recognised, others may not but still have symptoms and need help – so they are trying to develop solutions for these people and make these big shifts in social change.
Mindfulness – helping people climb out of suffering.
In the USA there is a growing movement where mindfulness converges with technology and business. Many want to be more productive, happy and find peace in their lives. So we must try to bring compassion to business by developing compassionate and effective leaders, creating a win-win situation.
People who are sensitive can be resilient. They are more empathetic and able to show compassion and love at a high level. Strength is not hard – True strength can be very soft.
Resilience is learnable, enabling us to move forward and deal with life … renew and regenerate. It’s never too late to start and no one can take it away from you.