Event Staying Human in a Busy World – Gelong Thubten When Thursday 9 May 2019, 2:30pm–12:00am Where L19 Cube The Village, Brewery Green at The TetleyLeeds LS10 1JQ This talk by Gelong Thubten forms part of our What does it mean to be human? [https://leedsinternationalfestival.com/event/what-does-it-mean-to-be-human/] event. This talk will elaborate on how meditation and mindfulness techniques can help us maintain our humanity and compassion in an increasingly busy world. Many of us would describe our everyday lives as ‘busy’, it’s a badge some wear with pride, we like to be busy and tell others we are. This busyness can become tumultuous, the demands from those around us combined with the expectations we place on ourselves, generates increased and unsustainable levels of stress. Add to this the ever-present distractions of the digital age, the stimuli of a 24 hour 7 days-a-week culture and it is easy to be overwhelmed. However, we can and must combat this for our own good. Some see meditation as a way of ‘switching off’, but in fact it’s about switching on the faculty of awareness – learning to be present – training ourselves to engage. Gelong Thubten will explore how practising ‘micro moments’ of mindfulness throughout a busy day can help us to engage more positively with our lives. He specialises in helping people to bring mindfulness into busy environments and will be doing just that in this special L19 event.