Some days can throw up challenges despite all the preparation that has gone into it. This was one such incident. Part of my work profile is to conduct workshops and training sessions for school teachers on life skills. Due to the pandemic, all our classes have moved online. This was a session for teachers, and the topic was compassion. We had double checked everything – the meeting client platform, presentations and activities. Everything seemed to be in place. There were 80 teachers in my batch, and just as I was about to start, all excited, I got a message saying that the meeting has ended. I was receiving messages continuously from teachers trying to login. We realised that there was an issue in the way the meeting was configured by our admin.
By the time another meeting ID was set up, a lot of time was lost. Regardless, I went ahead as planned and began with a mindfulness activity that I had practised just that morning on the Black Lotus app. Realising that it wouldn’t be possible to complete the session as planned, I apologised and thanked the audience for their patience and promised to conduct another session. To my surprise, a teacher spoke up appreciatively on how well I had handled the situation, with composure and humour. She said that that was her biggest takeaway. I received many more positive remarks. I realised at that time that the meditative practices that I have done on the Black Lotus app have actually made me much calmer.
I was filled with gratitude at that point towards Swamiji and my colleagues. They appreciated my efforts and chose to focus on what went right and not complain about what went wrong. This incident made me realise how easy it is actually to connect with genuineness.
The power of random acts of kindness.
~ Anushree Nagaraj