Peaceful Warrior & Childhood


26th of January 2017 – Republic Day at K.C.Thackeray Vidya Niketan, Pune.

30 kids from K.C.Thackeray got initiated as ‘Peaceful Warriors’. They stood for their main Warrior Code. Their parents put the badge on them (teachers stood by for those parents who couldn’t come). All 60 with parents included took their Warrior Oath and we ended with a warrior battle cry.

So what is a Peaceful Warrior?

A peaceful warrior is one who is navigates his/her life with the stars as guide and love written in their hearts and as the message. It is a metaphorical meaning, but one that has to be discovered by the warrior whose journey has only begun.

These children have been introduced to the way of warrior and are nurtured in making choices that affect them directly. Those who were chosen were evaluated based on the choices they choose to make and in full awareness of their consequences: The choice to be a better human being and not hurt others and oneself or the choice to engage in violence of any form.

PATCH the school dog and mascot had her own hilarious moment of puking right in the middle of the oath.

The amazing button badges were designed by Niki Ray – another TRD member who teaches, guides and nurtures their spirit.
If you spot these kids wearing them, do say hello and strike a conversation. Ask them what code they represent!

 

Do follow our school blog if you are not doing so already (click here)

 

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WORKSHOP IN MUMBAI & OPEN MIC


We are back again to the city of Mumbai with a limited number of seats available for our first formal TRD workshop on ‘Exploring Mental Health Through Creativity’ in partnership with Risevertise Media . Our journey of experimenting and exploring such avenues over 5 years!
Many have inquired about our workshops and events when we first begun in 2011 but due to organizational constraints, no funding and personal reasons we couldn’t continue running them.
Our venue hosted by Kiran Reddy & Shivani Gupta becomes our 2nd formally identified TRD Friendly Space and Partner. These workshops will be held every month.

Do RSVP on +91 9962161960
Our goodies will be available for purchase too.

Following the workshop, we will have all the participants of the workshop sharing their words with us. We invite everyone to join us for an evening of discovery, warmth, sharing and guaranteed hugging.
This is a safe space, free of judgement and barriers, and everyone is invited to come and share.
You can come along as a supportive audience member, a writer, speaker/performer, anything you’d like. The stage is open and awaits your presence.

To reserve a spot for the Open Mic, drop us a message on +91 9962161960, Facebook or just show up. We love people!

 

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Welcoming our first NEWSLETTER!


HAPPY 2017 to all of you and thank you so much for following our blog and our work till now!

I know it is difficult to keep track of all that we do and we wouldn’t want to spam your inboxes either. Therefore we now have our very own newsletter! It includes post from our school blog, ground events, merchandize, my own talks and post in mental health, well you know!

So click on this link: http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f6afe209c5df4443f7317df6b&id=adc79b7e55

Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter directly!

Peace, Colour and Love,

Resh

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A blogpost by a student from the school we work with


As I pick my pen to write I am aware I have nothing to write in particular, neither a specific topic, concern, nor a concrete belief. I am writing as if in a state I was in a month back. Therefore excuse me should the writing not have a flow and progression. These are just random and abrupt thoughts I cajoled myself with.

Exactly a month back I fell sick. It was normal-temperature, giddiness and nausea. I took medicines and rest to return to school only to deteriorate further as my limbs had started to pain. With severe headache I walked to the doctor describing my physicality. I had my blood checked to know that I had viral infection. The injections couldn’t be administered as my pulse rate was low. With each visit I tried my best to describe my health, more headache, rashes here and there and swollen limbs. However I realized the pain was deeper. It was not my body or the infection but my confidence and thinking process had stopped working all together.

A fortnight before, I had applied to a world renowned college. More than the course offered, I was mesmerized with the college and the idea of studying beyond seas and oceans. While I typed my form out, I was pretty certain for the selection, at least for an interview. There was no scope of ‘no’; it simply didn’t fit in my universe to not be approached for. I was never in the habit of … Click here to read more

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Are you a TRD friendly space?


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Our informal report cum blog piece by TRD member Niki Ray.

Group selfie with Papiya Bagchi, CEO and owner of Bagchiis & TRD members and volunteers for the day.

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You can now pick up and place your orders for TRD merchandizes and even Val Resh products!

Write in to us at theculturedculture@gmail.com or message us on our Facebook Page if you would like to host us and be a TRD friendly space/member/individual. We will do the rest! You can be situated in any part of this planet and outside of it too.

 

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What do people want?


On October 12th 2016, The Red Door™ put up an informal question and answer sort of survey for World Mental Health Day. Our online was in collaborative efforts with The Loud Whispers Project.

Three simple questions were asked:

1. If you had the choice to choose a word for your condition/experience, what would that word be?
2. If you were given the choice to choose what makes you happy everyday, what would that be? ( ex: painting, singing, dreaming, doing nothing, watching tv, walking, reading, meditating, a flexible career to do the previous ones, etc)
3. What can others do for you that would make you happy and not ‘mentally’ strained or distressed?

The reasons behind asking these questions were simple. We wanted to highlight the FACT that every human person HAS the ABILITY to make their own CHOICES and DECISIONS when we GIVE them the CHOICE and not undermine their capacity of making it. Remember, we are pro-CRPD. And many professionals around world have undermined choices of persons with mental illness stating that we are individuals who do not and cannot be given choices since we don’t have the mental capacity of choosing it.

However, the replies below will confirm our believes and inspiration behind our work. That CHOICES need to be simply be a given, and not something anyone needs to fight for.

 

The replies have been copy pasted directly from our Facebook Page. Scroll to our October 12th post and you’ll be able to see that these came from people who exist and not something we made up.

If you wish to add your comment to it, feel free to do so. Rather leave a comment on our blog post as this would be easier for us to archive.

1. life
2.having a pet
3.freedom and ability to have one.
1. Curves
2. Writing
3. Creative exploration of illness and health in general
III. Vedika Aum:
1. Alienation
2. Living in nature and creating
3. Acceptance and to take responsibility for their actions/decisions

 

1. Victim (no…i am not suffering from “victim syndrome” ..this is some real hardcore victimisation and abuse…this has crossed abnormal levels of it)
2. Love (to love and be loved)
3. Just be a friend.
V. Dalip Daswani .
1. alienation
2. being connected ( could be with anything – people, art, work, etc.)
3. Keep “in touch”
1 – betrayal
2 – singing.
3 – accept
1.Stuck and alone
2.Connecting with people, free flow of vibes and heartily laughs.
3.Acceptance and love
1. Struggle
2. Learn
3. Be there, in silence.
1.Existential Melancholia
2. A flexible life which lets m pursue my professional ambitions and lets me follow my passion
3. Empathy, attention and love
X. Harkiran Sandhu: 1. Love
2. Singing and reading
3. Love and understanding
1.) Ambivalence
2.) painting & meditating
3.) give me space to develop insight
XII. Yatish Vt
1. Cheesy but “comfortably numb”
2. Travel the world, wipe out borders or start afresh, right from the beginning of time!
3. Leave me alone, until they can bring something new to my table, or unless I am lonely!
1. Happy
2. Traveling, reading and listening to music
3. Acceptance
1. Content
2. Traveling
3. Do not expect me to change. Accept me as I am.
1-Alienated
2-Walking, good conversations and dancing,street dogs
3-Stop labelling me as vulnerable all the time and try to “save” me.
1. Exhausting
2. Travel.
3. Understand. Or at least try to understand. Listen. Not try to gaslight me.
XVII. Mahi Chopra:
1. Detached
2. Genuiness
3. Honesty
XVIII. Sneha Rooh:
1.Chained
2.writing
3.dont ask me too many questions,dont probe into my space.you are not entitled to answers about my life
1.Anxious
2.Reading
3.Coffee and enriching conversations
1.) Rocky road
2.) Reading
3.) Space
1.Emotional pain
2.Conversations and talking about mental health and illness
3.I’d be happy if there was more space in life for conversations in which people can share themselves without inhibitions.
XXII. Elise Pentz:
1. death
2. singing
3. leave me alone unless you understand
XXIII. Hari Krishnan:
1) Float
2) Travel
3) Understand
1) Inexplicable
2) Dance
3) Write
XXV. The Red Door team member:
1) Skeptical
2) Dance
3) Silence
XXVI. Elise Pentz:
1 despair
2 singing
3 act normal, no special treatment
1) Fatigue
2) A bit of each
3) Quid pro quo
XXVIII. Rajiv Rajan:
1 social barriers
2 flexible life
3 accept differences
So, what do you think? Do these comments on choices not speak for itself?
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Mail Me An Angel


The holidays are closing in soon for Christmas, New Years & end of the year which can be very difficult for many as they often lead lone lives. Anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies tend to spring up especially if the individual feels alone.

But what if you could change that for someone? What if you could be an angel just for a day in delivering a simple message that would last a lifetime?

Remember those moments when you sat through a pile of handwritten letters, cards, notes and felt wonderful just for having them? Reading it does something to you. It gives you something to wake up to. And there is something magical when you are shopping for the right card with the right message, spending your time thinking about the right colour, right pen, and making stupid mistakes while writing your message down. These impressions last a lifetime for the giver and the receiver. You also need to get to the post office, stand in queue and send it. In this fast life of ours and instant wishes over social media, all of us think we are important people with time that cannot be wasted and thus we forget about these small acts of an angel.

SO, our event is simple:
1. Buy a card, write a letter, or make a card yourself.
2. Mail it to someone you know (family, friend, colleague) OR give it to a stranger.
3. Before sending it, take a picture of your card or letter and share it on your social media account. Tag The Red Door™ and don’t forget to use appropriate hashtags ( #mentalhealth #angel #thereddoor )

Our social media IDs are:
a. Instagram: thereddoor_project
b. Twitter: MindArcs
c. Facebook Page: TRDPMindArcs

Get started & tweet, facebook or instagram your entries to us!
Peace & Colour!

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