The much-awaited workshop ‘Science of Living: Towards Life Beautiful’ was concluded on December 28, 2013, with many of the participants requesting for more such workshops from Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM), a unit of Sri Aurobindo Society. The three-day workshop for individuals and families including children aimed at exploring one’s true purpose of life and find beauty, peace and harmony in one’s daily life through a deeper understanding of oneself and the various aspects of one’s life.
The workshop was attended by 35 participants including 14 children, which started on the morning of December 26 with a unique introduction session using flowers.
Through interactive sessions held for adults, SAFIM coordinators expounded the deeper values which can lay the foundation of a living a productive, happy and peaceful life, including courage and perseverance, simplicity and perfection, humility and generosity, receptivity and feelings of gratitude, unity and equality, and harmony and peace. Through insightful discussions and self-observations, the participants sought deeper definitions of these essential components and reflected on the true purpose of life.
While adults were engaged in their search for life’s true purpose, children aged between 6 to 16 years, were engrossed in exciting experiential activities involving imagination, creativity, memory, observation, concentration, and physical skills of control, agility and balance and also exploring and befriending nature.
The workshop progressed interspersing some combined and a few separate sessions for adults and children. One of the combined session found the parents intently involved in learning origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, with the children making beautiful crafts with simple folds of paper.
On the second day of the workshop, the participants went for an experience of peace, simplicity and interconnectedness amidst nature at Matrikunj—‘The Mother’s Garden’, an organic farm where research in conscious farming is practiced along with growth of medicinal plants. Adults and children rejuvenated and reconnected to each other through activities such as nature walk, guided meditation and creativity with nature.
On the final day, children entertained the parents with a presentation of performances scripted by the children themselves. It was a fitting culmination to the 3 days of the experiential journey that unraveled many opportunities to make life beautiful and meaningful, in a friends and family atmosphere.
The comment from Rajavardhini Rajasekaran, a participant who attended the workshop with her family from Mauritius, perhaps summarizes the participants’ feedback: “This workshop, if applied in daily life, would be radical and change not only myself for the better, but my loved ones too, so that it can be catalytic for higher consciousness.”