In physics, resonance is defined by a phenomenon that follows when a powerful, vibrating system causes another system to oscillate with greater amplitude at a specific frequency. In life, resonance is defined by the innate beliefs and timeless principles that drive an individual’s actions as well as his/her physical and mental state of mind. Harmony within mind and body resonate harmony within our surroundings.
This year, the tenth annual BAPS Women’s Conference at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto provided a renewed approach to 510 attendees on balancing three major aspects of one’s life through the theme of “Life in Resonance”: Cultural Identity, Work-Life Balance, and Emotional Health. In today’s world, everyone is constantly striving for balance, whether it be at school, work, or at home. While self-help books and online forums can be great sources of inspiration for those seeking this type of balance, open discussions among peers can often have a greater impact in making this a more achievable goal.
Shivani Shah, Teacher at TDSB, was one of the selected speakers who delivered an insightful message on building pride in one’s identity through confidence in one’s intrinsic beliefs and practices. She shared, “While we may exist in varying environments, it is our identity and what we value that defines us and determines the course of our actions, irrespective of the environment.”
Circling the ever-debatable topic of maintaining a work-life balance, Priti Trivedi, Master of Business Administration, explored various practical methods and solutions, including self-introspection, for seeking clarity and filtering out purposeful priorities from our chaotic lives. She also stressed the importance of family harmony for one to realize themselves as a part of ‘we’ and ‘ours’ versus ‘I’ and ‘mine’.
Lastly, Mirangi Patel of Ryerson University reminded everyone present of the immense power spirituality holds in practicing the aforesaid principles of self-awareness and introspection. The knowledge, that in the end, we leave everything behind in this temporary world, allows us to remain grounded and unperturbed through the wavering highs and lows of our life. This knowledge is quintessential for a content mind and a healthy self.
Spreading this message of science, practicality and spirituality across the nation, the conference was held in 12 cities with attendees from various personal and professional backgrounds. Panel discussions and Q&A sessions enabled the speakers to effectively communicate their experiences and enrich the audience with practical applications to bring balance into their lives. The conference delegates were reminded not only of the necessity of maintaining stability, but also of their inherent strengths which allow them to pursue this very goal.