Art & Culture
Connect with the inner you
Living in the 21st century is not easy. Your daily routine is chock-a-block with activities which hardly allow you a breather. To lead a healthier life, feel a sense of purpose and connect with the world, you need some time for yourself.
Spirituality helps to connect with your inner self and creates a balance in life. You can attain peace of mind, body and soul through prayer and meditation. Spirituality can also be found in nature, music, art and so on. More and more people are finding benefits in spiritual discourses and mental relaxation, which has led to a growth in the number of spiritual and wellness centres.
Maa Sadhana, a member of management at Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune, says, “Everybody is in need of inner peace, good spiritual health, stress-free life, which can only be had through meditation and spiritual wellness. People visit Osho International Meditation Resort, primarily, for mental and stress detox, and healing... Over the period of time there has been tremendous growth in the number of people taking up meditation courses and I see a lot of transformation in them — the way they perceive life, the way they overcome their sorrows, living life with more happiness.”
A senior faculty of Art of Living, Sandesh Mandlik, who also works as senior sales officer with a leading publishing house in Mumbai, attends advanced meditation courses at Art of Living ashrams in Pune and Bengaluru. Twice a year, he makes these visits along with his family. He says, “Inner peace, inner silence, and inner happiness are good for our mental health and soul. Pranayam and meditation are healthy practices during times of chaos. Working as a senior sales manager, my job is stressful. To tackle this, I keep visiting peaceful places, somewhere amidst nature, for mental, physical, and emotional detox. I, along with my family, take this break twice a year and I feel completely rejuvenated and relaxed. Overall, it helps me to be happy and peaceful in all situations.”
Meditation and breathing exercises have proven to be helpful, contributing towards overall well-being. Priyanka Vani, who works with an estate agency in Rasayni and is a member of Art of Living, says, “I like to go to Triveni Ashram in Pune which is surrounded by greenery and has a spiritual vibe. I feel extremely relaxed and contented. I usually go there to spend more time alone in a calm, serene and relaxed environment. It helps me forget the chaos of city life and work stress. The meditation courses help me look inward, and know myself better.”
Shrirang Japtap, a civil engineer, says, “We live such fast-paced lives today and hardly get time for ourselves. We have so much stress concerning our job and keeping up with the rat race, which take a toll on our mental and physical health. Knowingly and unknowingly, we get lost in the race and forget to take care of ourselves. Which is why I undertake meditation and pranayam courses in Triveni Ashram. I feel so relaxed and peaceful within. The amount of peace and happiness I get there helps me to remain calm and focused in any situation.”
If you want to enhance your quality of life, you can opt for such holistic and spiritual experiences.