Karanveer Singh - Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

 

Change is the reality of life -This was only a caption for me before I came to Panchgani for the eight day Youth Conference. I discussed this conference with my cousin who has been attending this conference for the past three years. He said that one cannot explain what is happening or has happened to them in the period of those eight days; it can only be felt and experienced.

My bags were packed, all preparations were done and I was ready to go. There were many questions in my mind - how would the food be ?, how would we be staying ?, etc.. I don't know what happened but the change in me started from the very first second that I stepped into Asia Plateau. I was filled with positivity and peace and I was confident that  something good was going to take place.

The very next day we all were introduced to the concept of quiet time which was really a new thing for me. When I practiced quite time daily I became more focused and I got the ability to observe myself carefully and sincerely. I got the ability to rewind my life and tell myself that I was wrong; and also learn from my past experiences. Before going to the conference I used to spend most of my free time on my phone and its because of IOFC I was away from my phone for eight days and sincerely speaking in those eight days I never felt that I didn't have my phone; instead the whole environment and activities were so indulging that one has no time for these things.

Here I learnt to speak in public which is usally a difficulttask for me; I also shared my problems and heard the stories of other peple. I got new people who took care of me like my family and to whom I can share any thing without any fear of judgement. I was not an interactive person before and I never started a conversation with any new person and I always waited for them to start; it was all because of my ego (which I didn't even realize was growing inside me). This conference made me realize my mistakes, taught me how to reduce my ego and improve my broken relations with my friends and family. There's lot which cannot be explained on paper but only be experienced.

Stories of Change