Defining Healing Aspect of Leisure through Spirituality

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 10:45
Location: Hörsaal BIG 2 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Shri Shri Ravishankar quoted “If we want to make sense it has to come from silence”. Much beyond the literal meaning which refers leisure as ‘free time' ,it can prove to be the governing force for personal as well as social well-being of a person. Leisure is the best recreational activity with beneficial outcomes covering the areas: social functioning ,physical, psychological & spiritual health and wellbeing, family , economy and the environment. In discussing the spiritual orientation of leisure, James Murphy wrote ,”Leisure may be viewed as a part of life which comes closest to freeing us. It enables people to pursue self-expression, enlightenment and their inner soul ”. A healthy spiritual life needs the healing dimension of leisure. Complexities of modern life, people getting more and more busy with their work, they hardly get any time with their families and are regardless of their social life. Due to which they are building faith in spirituality and to gain peace and extract the real value of life they are joining various camps aiming at spiritual relief and meditation. According to recent facts people from upper middle class are getting inclined towards spiritualism. It is because these are the people burdened with maximum workload, thus they are engaging in spiritual activities so as to rejuvenate themselves both by body and by soul. A person indulged into spiritual activities is found to be more focused towards his work, more concerned about his personal well-being and more devoted towards his social relations. Thus in all aspects he leads a balanced life and builds a feeling a contentment and satisfaction in what he has, relieving him from all the evil issues residing in his mind.