As part of this year’s Inventuring from 15 to 19 May, Lama Yeshe Rabgye is leading workshops on meditation and mindfulness for students and faculty at Inventure Academy.
Lama Yeshe Ragbye, originally from England, now lives in Northern India, where he focuses on Mindfulness and conducts workshops for people of all ages. Lama Yeshe has a practical approach to teaching and a keen sense of humour. He says, “The current generation spends more time on Facebook and Twitter and have lost the ability to connect with their emotions. Their emotions are now expressed through emojis! Children spend more time messaging each other rather than being socially interactive.”
Moreover, children face enormous amounts of pressure and tension, and need to find ways to channelise their emotions. The Yeshe says, ‘It is important for students to know the techniques of Mindfulness; to know and learn ways that can help one to breathe, relax and be calm. Once learnt, these techniques can help you for the rest of your life.’
Students at Inventure are enjoying practicing the different techniques the Lama has taught them as part of Inventuring week, where our students learn rich and varied ways to nurture their talent and to engage with the world around them. It is also an opportunity for our teachers to see the world around us through the eyes of the children.
Aarushi, a Grade 12 student at Inventure, really enjoyed the session with the Lama. She says, “The workshop taught us how to relax and concentrate on our breathing and to deal with stress, using the breathing techniques. Another really helpful tip the Lama gave us was to do a quick recap in our minds of the important points of the lesson learnt at the end of each period, which will enable us to retain the topic better and longer.”
Inventure faculty has also benefitted from the Lama’s workshop done as part of their Teacher Training program. Lama Yeshe hopes that the teachers are not only able to encourage the students but also practice Mindfulness themselves – learn to be calmer, more patient and therefore, more tolerant of each other and their environment. Sanaaz R Doust, Counsellor, Middle & Senior School at Inventure says, “Mindfulness is learning to appreciate the moment we have now. It is all about taking a moment to breathe, to just BE.”
As Nooraine Fazal, CEO and Managing Partner of Inventure Academy says, “We live in rather turbulent times, with people expressing strong opinions and behaviours against others they believe to be different from them. This includes what people perceive to be right / wrong, good / evil… these negative emotions do not allow us to understand another human being’s perspective and work collectively towards a more harmonious world, where everyone has a shot at achieving their life’s purpose. We need therefore to teach children & faculty to become more mindful, and take responsibility for our thoughts, emotions, words and actions.”
Inventure students from Grades 1 to 12, both existing and new, are oriented into the school culture through exciting projects and experiences throughout the week of Inventuring. Bonds are forged with peers, teachers and the school itself. Activities include hands-on projects based on Multiple Intelligences, Circle Time for sharing of learning, reflection and journal writing. Each of these experiences is designed to develop specific skills and attitudes in children, forming the foundation of their approach to life and learning in the days to come.