Swami Vivekananda says, ‘My faith is in the youth generation, from them will come my workers.’ However, the youth of today is found to be often without definite ideals in their lives. Besides, the onslaught of negative ideas through media and various other sources often takes a toll on their young minds. The youth needs proper counseling to decide the goal of his or her life, train themselves to strive for it and to bravely face the obstacles in their path.
However, there has been a paradigm shift in counseling practices in the recent years. The new thinking, which is now widely accepted, is to move away from the morbidity medical model to a community based approach, the 'pro-active' rather than the 'reactive' approach. The beneficiaries are all youth, not just who are already disturbed. Psychiatrists, counselors, monks can reach out to schools, colleges and universities and conduct workshops and seminars which would spread awareness, life-skills such as self-awareness, empathy, problem solving , decision making etc. A large number of people can be reached in this way.
It would go a long way in not only countering the menace of negative thinking among the youth, but also create 'a lever for the good of humanity', as mentioned by Swami Vivekananda.
Shri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Rajkot organises workshops to implement the 'Youth Counseling & Positive Thinking’ activity. The salient features are;
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.- Swami Vivekananda
A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.- Swami Vivekananda
Arise ! Awake ! And Stop Not Till the Goal is Reached.- Swami Vivekananda
All power is within you, you can do anything & everything !- Swami Vivekananda
To be good & to do good, that is the whole of religion.- Swami Vivekananda
Purity, Patience & Perseverance are the three essentials to success, and above all Love !- Swami Vivekananda
Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny !- Swami Vivekananda
We are what our thoughts have made us, so take care about what you think.- Swami Vivekananda