How long you can focus on one thing before the “monkey in your head” distracts you?
The Chinese proverb ”XinYuanYiMa” (心猿意馬) described a mind that is restless and uncontrollable like the monkey that cannot be still. That “monkey mind” exist in everyone and if left on its own devices, it can pull us away from focusing on what is important.
Athletes of endurance sports performed by exercising for prolonged periods. During that long duration, the monkey mind will become most obvious for the athlete and to perform well, they will need to learn how to not let the monkey mind take over.
Find out what goes on inside an athlete’s mind during an endurance event, the impact of the mind on performance, how the evidence-based Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) approach could benefit an athlete and how MAC can be applied in other areas of an individual’s work and life.
Dr Eugene Koh
Department of Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Eugene Koh is a medical lecturer and clinical specialist from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He holds a Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry. Aside from research and clinical work, he also takes on clients for psychotherapy, particularly acceptance and commitment therapy. Eugene Koh is also an avid triathlete; completing Ironman Malaysia in 2018. Combining his clinical specialty and his interest, he started exploring and practicing a particular protocol called Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) for the purpose of enhancing human performance.