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  • 23 April 2019
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Hello, my name is Sang Han. I’m a middle aged father and spouse now even though age is just a number. The culture I belong is the one created by mindfulness practitioners of the world. I say this because South Korea (birthplace) and citizenship (United States) experience has been a bit of challenge for me due to US military experience and some cultural shock when I came to United States as a 11 year old. That and some work challenges in the past but I would like to just die from the past always. I am here and now, present, and counting my blessings.

A common misconception of mindfulness might be that the practice is reserved for hermit, psychic, and/or naval gazers. I educate others that mindfulness benefits everyone because mindfulness is all about heightened sense of present moment awareness without judgment. Mindfulness shaped my view of the world as full of love and compassion. It’s about tending and befriending my thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations at the present moment. Kids who practice mindfulness (like eating meditation and sitting meditation) at an early age tend to be calmer because their parasympathetic nervous system gets often stimulated. Mindfulness can be taught by Buddhist monks and/or from self help books, amongst other venues.

A typical day would be conducting brisk walking, Epsom salt bathing, power napping, web designing, mentoring web design students, cooking, reading, watching learning videos/nature/comedy, etc. In the mindfulness world, any food goes. I love cooking spring rolls wrapped with non-gmo, gluten-free, rice papers. I would include watercress, cilantro, basil, romaine, spinach, shrimp, and bean sprouts in it, all organic and wild. I love eating all types of fruits and love drinking teas and coffee.

Mindfulness music can be any genre but most favorably, nature music because they are primordial sounds. Some solo flute music by Native Americans come to mind. Favorite tradition is sound of gongs or meditation bells when conducting meditation, silent or guided.

For fun, I love dining out and going to the movies. I usually wear loose fitting clothes, often athletic wears. This is to signify that mindfulness is not soft and flexible.

Find out more about Cultural Connection Week and view other people’s posts about their cultures here.

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Mindfulness is becoming more popular in the US. There are countless books written on the subject and there have also been a number of university based studies that document the benefits including better physical and mental health, improved ability to concentrate, and pain management. I think many people mistakenly think of meditation as part of an Eastern religion, but in fact it is not religious in that there are no deities nor any requirement for faith. It is mental exercise, not unlike the physical exercise that many of us build into our daily routine.

Anyone can learn mindfulness meditation. In fact there are several courses available through Coursera.
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Hello MikeEdgar, indeed, well said. I just want to revise my last sentence to mean soft and flexible (taking out the word 'not'). Thanks.
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@HanBellevue1 I like the idea of culture based on the common interests rather than defined by country , race or religious affiliation. It is interesting to see how we can feel connected and "close" to someone who may live on the other part of the globe. I also practice mindfulness and meditation and see it as global heritage.

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