In a recent chat with Fred Tsao, I asked the fourth-generation magnate in which country he feels the most at home. Despite having homes around the world, he didn’t name one but gave a completely off -kilter answer: “I live in my body. Home is a place where you feel familiar, connected and safe, and the best place is your body.”
His perspective is one born of self-acceptance – aided, no doubt, by the decades of meditation and mindfulness practice. Many are still working on aligning mind with body. Many more are looking to improve the performance of both, and to return to the state of here and now before the age of hyper connectivity and constant diversions robbed us of our ability to focus.
This month’s cover personality, CEO Derrick Yap, turns to breathing exercises to help him transition between activities, and carves out a day once a month from work to let ideas germinate.
In tune with the wellness trend, Tsao has built a retreat in China equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and offering the latest wellness treatments (Page 38). The latter includes sound therapy, the efficacy of which is discussed on Page 46.
My definition of retreat is relatively straightforward – it’s any activity or block of time where I am not obliged to look at my phone. Simple.
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