11th December was beautifully refeshing day of its own, for the students of Singhad Institute of Management as our Founder Ms. Arushi Sethi and our Arts-Based Therapist Ms.Vijayta Jagnani indulged over 100 Singhad students in a healing detox Arts-Based therapy session. Focussing on 4 primary elements- Mind, Heart, Self and Self-love, they started off with the question: What you think a mind is and how does the brain look? What followed was a highly interactive session with the students providing interesting definitions of the human mind.
With soothing music playing, they were asked to close their eyes gently and analyse their own thoughts, stand by as a witness to the functioning of their mind and brain. That done, they wrote down their thoughts and drew their own brain- how they thought it looks, on a sheet of paper with crayons. Interestingly, every student had out-of-the-box ideas. For writing, some used adjectives like being happy, feeling good around friends, stress of results,etc.
After that, to understand how their brain is made up of thoughts, feelings and actions, for each thought they clicked their fingers, for each feeling they enthusiastically chorused, "Yay!" and for each action they punched in front.
This activity had them all energized. They were then given situations to help them understand what their thought process would, the feelings related to the situation and the actions as a consequence. They could see how it was all a Cycle and how they could break out of this vicious cycle to make a difference in their thoughts and how they could seek help in the future in the face of difficulties and how it is certainly not shameful to be doing so.
The next part of the session for the students was to close their eyes and reflect calmly on their own SELF. They were asked to draw their own self on a paper.
Through this they would understand how one of the most vital aspect of their Beings- the Heart and its emotions work. The concept of Self was explained to them as a combination of self-esteem, self-concept, social self and self-knowledge and how these four are highly intertwined.
For instance, we judge ourselves depending on our own self-knowledge. We do not even give ourselves the chance to be better if we aren't good at something due to which self-confidence takes a hit and self-awareness lessens.
After this bit of vital information, they were asked to write down what they believed were 5 good qualities in them and 5 not-so-good qualities. A few of them were asked to share and it was clear what a struggle it was to write about their own selves. This is what needs to primarily be addressed across the world today: self-awareness.
The students then drew a heart and in it penned all the qualities they liked about themselves. This emphasized the point of how it is essential to base your thoughts on the qualities you like in the time of difficulties which will result in self-love and your actions will bloom in that love, for taking care of yourself is of utmost importance.
Similarly, reflection upon our not-so-good qualities lead us to things we aren't supposed to do- like suicide. Arushi addressed this topic with charming clarity which drove the point home. She spoke to how at such times of self-doubt and hopelessness, you should ALWAYS seek help from the ones you trust. She touched upon the fact that there are various centres and platforms that offer help and how Trijog itself is a vibrant positive space to help each soul and transform lives.
This cathartic and amazing session based on the power of art ended with a little dance on the song- " Because I am Happy" and finally a happy selfie of wide smiles which reflected the true happiness in the students' hearts.