Thursday, 7 April 2016

Conquering Hearts Through Love

A gentle smile, a listening ear and supporting words can do wonders. It works with everyone, even strangers. They were strangers to me and me to them. Months passed, and now they wait for me, though a handful of them, but yes, they do. It feels accepted when they ask when I am coming next. It gives a sense of achievement when they say “ Didi, aap se baat karke dil halka ho jaata hai.”
 “Aap jaisa humko samajhte ho doosre nahi samajhte, hum aapse sab kuchh share kar sakte hain.”
That’s the power of unconditional love and acceptance. A practice, though tough, eventually shows remarkable changes in people’s perception and behavior. The ideal of therapy is not just to help a person grow, but to maximize their potential, while providing them the necessary conditions for growth.
As a therapist and as a guide, I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I can either be a tool of inspiration and growth, or a model of self pity and doubt. I can either, hurt or heal, facilitate the resolution of crisis or create one. I can either leave a person humanized or dehumanized. So spread love and learn to accept a person as they are, in their truest form. Trust them, respect them, support and guide them, and verily they will trust you and respect you back.

{Sharing my experience working with one of OYA's project - Project street children.}
- Shazia Khan
Counselling Psychologist

Friday, 25 March 2016

Play - Explore the Outside World

There exists a world outside classroom !

Yes, unfortunately in the modern world of game consoles and interactive toys, in pretext of learning with technology it’s easy to overlook the importance of outdoor play that has lot to offer.

A real big world does exist outside the classroom, and the possibilities are really endless.

With the current trend of rising health issues in children, it has never been more important to teach young children the value of being active outside the classrooms.

Outdoor plays not only teach children practical life skills, it offers tremendous amount of fun added with numerous health benefits.

Research studies have consistently shown that playing in an outdoor environment reduces stress while promoting psycho-socio-emotional skills, and even increasing attention spans. It's proved that outdoor play significantly reduces the symptoms of ADHD, a condition that now affects most of the school children.

Outdoor activities that a child can undertake is limited only by it's imagination. One of the best activities for promoting an interactive mind would be the nature journal.

Help your child explore a safe outdoor area to see the dynamic change in their development, as playing outdoors promotes self-confidence, fine motor skills, and balance. It also promotes self-reliance, increases flexibility, and improves overall coordination which is essential in healthy development of children.

Roopa Mohan
Executive Catalyst & Senior Counselor
OYA Foundation