Saturday, October 12, 2013


Life is indeed difficult, partly because of the real difficulties we must overcome in order to survive, and partly because of our own innate desire to always do better, to overcome new challenges, to self actualize. Happiness is experienced largely in striving towards a goal, not in having attained things, because our nature is always to want to go on to the next endeavour.
              Keeping these thoughts in mind, NSS IIT Roorkee in association with the Art of Living Foundation organized a Lecture cum Workshop on ‘Mind Matters’ on 12thOctober, 2013 at 5:00 pm. The speaker was B. Suryaprabha, who is a software engineer who completed her M.Tech in CSE from IIT, Kanpur and currently travels across the globe to teach the Youth Empowerment and Skills(YES!+). The event was graced by the presence of Mrs. Smita Jha, NSS Program Officer.
               The event started with Prabha Ma’am asking the question “How many of you want to be successful in life?” to which each and everyone in the audience replied positively. To be successful in life, she stressed upon the need of two types of skills, which are technical skills and soft skills. Since, soft skills are linked to mind and are significant to a great extent, that’s why it’s the mind that matters. Then, she expatiated on the fact that our mind works upon certain pre-formed patterns and any change in the given pattern or situation engenders struggle. She also talked of the ability to stay focussed and relaxed simultaneously which can cause wonders in professional as well as professional arena. The mind has the weirdest tendency to do what is to be resisted, thus, handling the mind becomes a herculean task. Being dubious about our own
abilities is something which pulls us down and vanquishes us at every juncture of our life. So, the techniques which, ma’am stressed upon for handling mind were meditation, believing in self and above all, being natural.            
             Ma’am also played several games with the audience to explain the working of mind on patterns to which the audience reciprocated with utmost enthusiasm. At last, there was a meditation session of 5-10 minutes after which Mrs. Smita Jha presented a memento to Prabha Ma’am and the workshop came to an end with an enriching experience for everybody present.

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