On 12th January, 2019, greeting a crowd of enthusiastic students at IIT Bombay's Abhyuday Fest, each of them eager to learn more about mental health, Arushi Sethi began with the heart-warming words, "Before all my titles, I am a part of this beautiful creation, a human being. And I belong to you. Each and every one of you."
With this session, her goal was to go beyond the titles, the faces and names and look within. To create a safe space and haven for all to share their own life experiences. To understand the mind, its feelings and thoughts.
She spoke of her journey, her own tryst with mental health and the inspiring birth of Trijog.
She then went on to explain why the mind is important and what is the mind, for isn't the most mysterious and interesting phenomenon? It can go everywhere yet be nowhere, all at the same time!
With the students completely engaged, she went on to do an activity wherein the students drew what they felt their minds looked like. Some of them shared their reflections where one had drawn a flowerpot and shared as to how her mind felt like one.
Arushi then spoke of the triangle of thoughts-feelings-actions which end up defining the experiences of our lives.
With the key message of the session being to understand and accept our thoughts and emotions, she ended the session with a small yet transforming activity titled "The Journey Inwards."
Everyone was asked to close their eyes and move to soothing music playing in the background. Then they were asked to pose with their eyes closed, with the hidden message that the pose they chose expresses the current state of their minds.
This session for everyone, was truly a beautiful insight into their own selves, an unwinding time for their minds.