Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Integral Being workshop

 A dream start for the New Year. What can I say about an event exclusively conducted for my friends form the college? Yes, 5 of my friends marveled all the way from Hyderabad and Bangalore and three of them were accompanied by their spouses. For me, it is a miracle that these guys who knew me in the college would actually consider doing it, let alone actually do it. This is also the first ever event that I conducted in Auroville for an outstation group. So it makes the event even more extraordinary for me as it offered me growth in many dimensions such as  conducting the retreat with  minimal preparation, planning and organizing the logistics, deviating from my usual practice of total focus only on actual workshop and preparation to spending the evenings with my friends and learning to do this work with friends rather than strangers.  
 The content is very similar to the inner healing workshops I do but we added   a visit to Matri Mandir, Upasana, Sadhana Forest, Solar Bowl and Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondy as part of this three and a half day retreat. That made it fun as well as very integral in the true sense of the word.
The event was also quite unique in having two participants who are serious practitioners of spirituality.   Mrs Vijaya Sahebdas Raju has been practicing spirituality for nearly two decades. So is the case with Mr. Phani Babu. It was a great learning experience for me to have them in this group. In fact, they enriched the very space of the retreat.
 Sahebdas Raju enlivened the retreat and the evenings with his wit and extraordinary sense of humor. He is treasure house of fun and laughter. ESR Parsad was one of the earliest  to encourage me by giving me an opportunity to do a stress managment workshop for his team in Chennai. I am impressed with his commitment and inspired by his application. Meduri Subbba Rao has got this vent going and is the main prime mover. His participation was just great! In my opinion, Mrs Subba Rao and Mrs Prasad created very high value out of their participation and those moments are unforgettable for me.
DSR Raju, my dear friend and room mate (where there are no room mates as the hostel is made up of single rooms) is instrumental in creating not only this event but also those one at Hyderabad as well as the recent one in Vizag. Thank you, dear Raju for all this and more. he is a walking wikipedia and one of the most well read, widely traveled and erudite persons that I know.
There can be no better beginning for the New Year. Thank you, my dear friends for this precious  gift.
Hope you practice and nourish the very roots of your existence to bring forth  new levels of well being, energy, joy and peace.

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