6th International Women's conference from 7th - 9th February 2014

Posted on: Thursday, November 14, 2013

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The sixth International Women’s Conference (IWC) will be held in the International Center of the Art of Living International Foundation in Bangalore, India from February 7-9, 2014. The conference, inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian and founder of The Art of Living Foundation, will bring together eminent personalities and women leaders from over 100 countries around the world.

A press release said that under the leadership Bhanumathi Narasimhan, chairperson of the IWC, the focus of the conference will continue to be on the relevance, inner strength and deeper insights in, and valuable contribution from, women who will discuss and share innovative solutions to restore harmony at both the societal as well as individual level.

Bhanumathi stated in the release, “As a woman on the path to success, we expect to feel a sense of achievement when we reach the top. We might wonder, how does it look from there? Will the world and people around you look more beautiful? Will the journey to the top be pleasant and memorable?

“For many women I have met, this journey has certainly not been easy. It is not always a journey of mutual support, collaboration, and friendliness. Instead, you are being constantly careful about who is conspiring to push you down. There are many challenges, not just due to gender bias, but also due to jealousy from other women. This kind of a journey can be very stressful and takes its toll on our body and mind. Moreover, many women impose limitations on themselves, believing that they are not fully qualified, and often talk themselves out of achieving their potential.

“So what do successful women do right? I believe that successful women are able to find their inner strength to make the most of opportunities – be it at the workplace or at home. A woman has to balance her work, family, relationships – all of these and more on the road to success. When you realize that you are multi-faceted and multi-dimensional, you know you can handle different roles in life. This realization dawns when you are in a calm and serene state of mind – which can be achieved through meditation.

“I find that meditation can help us be more productive. It is my experience that when you meditate, a task that would take four hours to do, gets done in two hours. I believe it is necessary that we give prime time to ourselves – to relax and rejuvenate, to realize that we have so much more potential than we think we do. Otherwise we limit our capabilities. When you meditate, you realize the expansion within you – the limitlessness within you. Such an expanded awareness can help you perceive the connections between people and lead you to realize your purpose in this world. Connectedness and commitment are a byproduct of meditation. Meditation brings us in touch with our inner source of strength.

“True success is when it extends to both the material and inner realms. It is not just about getting promoted at work, accumulating a lot of money, or appearing on magazine covers. Are you enjoying the little things in your life? Have you recently observed the glistening dewdrops in the grass? The birds chirping, the sparrows sipping water, the Blue Jays feeding, the eagles circling overhead, the beautiful flowers… Have you cleaned your windowpane, have you watered the small little plants in your garden? Have you observed the lucky bamboo plant with two new leaves, enjoyed craftsmanship of your carpet – all the beautiful colours, made a new salad dressing, and experimented with your sandwich? I believe that living every moment to the fullest with an expanded awareness is a sign of a successful woman.

“The whole essence is summed up in a quote by Warren Buffet, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway: “I have always believed that a woman is the heart of the society – she brings families together, and has a multitude of talents and abilities to lead. A society that empowers women to succeed is a society on the path to prosperity.”

Click here to register for International Women's Conference (IWC 2014)

Source: Muscat Daily

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