- a public event with global peace ambassador and humanitarian leader
The Art of Living, an international non-religious, non-profit organisation that assists individuals in strengthening their mental health and reducing stress, will be hosting an event, titled: ‘Happiness 3.0‘, today the 17th of August, 2022 (from 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm) at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Since its inception in 1981, The ‘Art of Living’ has positively changed over 500 million people in 156 countries — a true testament to the power of its cause. The organisation is active in 23 African countries, and runs an exceptionally successful peace campaign that celebrates Africa Day.
The founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, has inspired an unstoppable wave of volunteerism and service, which has resulted in one of the largest volunteer-based organisations in the world, incorporating over 30,000 teachers and over a million volunteers.
Gurudev is a key advocate for peace, and has held progressive peace negotiations in conflict-stricken areas such as Colombia, Sri Lanka, Ivory Coast, Iraq, India and Venezuela. His work speaks through diverse cultures and religions, illuminating concepts such as inter-faith harmony, environmental sustainability, and grassroot developments.
He firmly believes that: “A violence-free society, disease-free body, quiver-free breath, stress-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, trauma-free memory and sorrow-free soul is the birthright of every human being”. His vision supersedes limitations of race, nationality and religion – with an emphasis on a ‘One-World Family’.
One of the flagship programmes taught by The Art of Living is the Happiness Programme. Researched by Yale University and Harvard Medical School, the programme empowers one with evidence-based tools and techniques to shift challenging emotions and mind states of stress and anxiety to ease, calm and clarity. The organisation has been teaching the programme in Ghana for over 15 years, and has reached out to thousands in Greater Accra and Kumasi Regions and has been well received by students and faculty of Academic City University College, and Blue Crest College.
Gurudev’s Ghana visit from 16th to 17th of August is part of his 12-day tour of Africa, wherein he will be visiting Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.
Today’s public event promises to be an enlightening conversation on a multitude of concepts, the art of breathing and meditation and the wisdom to live a stress free and a happy life. In the presence of so much daily noise, these are the tools and techniques to control one’s mental health, and develop a sense of clarity and peace that can aid in producing a good quality life, no matter one’s occupation.