Workshop on “Managing Stress through Inner Poise”

web20SAFIM conducted a 2-day open workshop on “Managing Stress through Inner Poise” at Sri Aurobindo Society, Pondicherry, from 25th-26th October 2013.

The workshop was intended to help find meaningful ways and guidance to relieve oneself of the stress and anxiety that we are faced with in almost all aspects of our lives. The aim was to unravel the beautiful inherent inner peace through self-introspection and by identifying the root cause of stress and eradicating it.

A total of 12 participants from all walks of life, belonging to varying age groups (24-50 years) participated in the workshop with active involvement in group activities and interactive discussions. Activities to identify oneself with nature’s abundance and peace and thereby help us to reconnect and rejuvenate, games which brought about an awareness of one’s emotions and the corresponding turmoil faced daily were some of the tools used during the sessions. The idea was to convey complex, thought-provoking concepts though simple, tangible activities and games which was much appreciated by the participants.

web6Inspiring video clips of common people who made a difference to their lives by their attitudes and actions, conquering every possible hurdle to stay focused on his/her goals, allowed the participants to correlate and appreciate similar incidents they may have experienced in critical phases of their own lives. Real-time examples of difficult life-situations and real-life case studies were discussed and participants were asked to analyse and provide their own optimistic solutions to these. Activities towards relaxing and rejuvenating the body included Yoga, Pranayams, chanting and Chakra purification mantras.

A practical and simplified approach to the complexities of stress in everyday lives, based on the teachings of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, deeply motivated the participants to formulate their own strategies (at the end of the workshop) towards overcoming stress and implementing the learning in their daily life. All the participants went back with a feeling of having turned a new leaf in their lives.