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Attn Youth: Meditation For Positive Motivation

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MUMBAI (The CONNECT):  HELP or Heartfulness Experience Life’s Potential programme has a positive impact on students’ motivation, as per a study published in International Journal of Current Research.

Heartfulness, is a Raja Yoga system of meditation, which is also known as ‘Sahaj Marg’, or the ‘Natural Path’. It originated at the turn of the twentieth century and was formalized with the founding of the Shri Ram Chandra Mission in 1945 in India.

HELP is a course for students on life-skills and holistic wellbeing through Heartfulness practices for self-development and inner excellence. It facilitates positive social behaviours and social relationships during the school years, reduces behavioural problems and psychological distress and helps to prepare young people to succeed in college, work, family and society.

The International Journal of Current Research concluded that positive motivation (benevolence) leads to rewards and negative motivation (revenge & avoidance) towards pain. Students must develop positive motivation to cultivate a healthy society.

HELP programme significantly decreases negative motivations and shows a greater improvement on positive motivation. Revenge is a very powerful emotion, and its effect is but counterproductive to the wellbeing of the individual as well as the society. Revenge is one of the main reasons for cyber bullying especially against women, that causes anxiety, major depression and may even push victims to commit suicide.

In the article authors Dr Raja Amarnath, Dr Jaya Prashanthi, Aiswarya Ravichandran, Gyaneshwar Dayal Sarin, Dr Asuwathy Sivasubramaniam, Poornima Chinnadurai and Anjali Bapat from Apollo Hospital, Sree Balaji Medical College, Madha Medical College & Research Institute and CIPACA Institute of Research in Chennai have drawn a comparison between meditation and positive motivation among students from a study they conducted.

Dr Raja Amarnath said: “Very few researchers have explored the benefits of meditation in lowering revenge motivation. This study is one of its kind. “

Community will prosper if the vengeful attitude is eradicated from every individual. It is important to nullify this vengeful attitude from a young age itself. To commemorate the purpose, we have conducted a research study on reducing vengeful attitude among students through Heartfulness Meditation.

Statistics from Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) have figured out that among revenge victims, 93% reported significant emotional distress, while 82% reported suffering significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. Over half (51%) of victims indicated that they had even considered committing suicide. With regard to their occupation, 55% of respondents feared that their professional reputation would be tarnished, while 39% said that the crime actually affected their professional life. Moreover about 300 acid attacks are reported in India each year. A latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) showed that the IT hub reported 106 revenge murders last year.

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