Mongkok in Hong Kong has the highest density of population per square mile in the world. I lived in this exact place for three years some time ago. It was everything against what I needed and wanted in life. Having grown up in Europe, Mongkok was the polar opposite to tranquility, serenity and peace. The streets are forever buzzing with busy looking people. It’s easy to find yourself walking the MK streets no different than any other HKer, fast paced and almost feeling anxious.
Revisiting MK this time was a total different experience. Slowing down my pace of walking, being mindful of the surroundings made a huge difference. The trick was easy. I simply followed the things we already talked about the last couple days.
Slowing down the breathing. 7 times per minute. Paying you full attention to your body, and the flow of air going in and out of your body.
Listening and giving your full attention to the sounds around you. No judgement, just simply listen, and take it in.
Focusing on your feet, stepping firmly on the ground, a step after another.
Don’t let your mind wonder. Stay in the present.
If you find yourself navigating busy streets, dodging people and having to stay alert of your surroundings, try the above mindfulness technique, and you will find the inner peace in even the busiest of place at.