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Video Links for 'The Psychology of Meditation: Research & Practice' - Janki Foundation Lecture 27 Sept, and 'Yoga: The Practice & the Science' - 6 July
5 December 2016
Please note that the original report and additional photos are posted below this article and dated 30 October 2016
The Janki Foundation Annual Lecture 2016 - Professor Michael West, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund and Professor of Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, gives a well researched presentation on the therapeutic value of a meditation practice, as well as the powerful and positive impact a meditation practice can have on any individual’s overall health and well-being. He covers the difference between meditation and mindfulness, the current research into these practices, the processes from a psychological perspective, the therapeutic benefits of each and the personal and spiritual impact on people’s lives. Then
follows a fascinating conversation between Prof West and Sister Jayanti, European Director of the Brahma Kumaris, a teacher of meditation for over 45 years.
Sister Jayanti shar e s many points on the profound benefits of her many years of experience as a practicing Raj Yogi, including how there are many seeming paradoxes that exist. Click on the above image or the film title to watch the 1:43:26 minute film.
Professor Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Department shares his insights and research on yoga. He is later joined in conversation by Maureen Goodman, UK Director of the Brahma Kumaris. This is an event organised jointly between the Brahma Kumaris UK and the Janki Foundation , UK. Click on the above image or the film title to watch the 1:36:52 minute film
" The Psychology of Meditation: Research & Practice" - Janki Foundation Annual Lecture 27th Sept, GCH - Reports and Photos
30 October 2016
Greetings of peace. Please find below short report and photos from the recent Janki Foundation (JF) Annual Lecture: The Psychology of Meditation: Research & Practice. Also attached are both the short and full reports. We received excellent feedback of the event and many requested a copy of the presentation. Prof Michael West has very kindly agreed for his Power Point presentation to be put onto the JF site as long as the source is acknowledged, and Dr Rachna Chowla too is happy for her poems to be put on the JF site. Both will be put onto the site as soon as it is practical. In the meantime, please email us if you want a copy of either or both by email.
Please feel free to pass on the reports to colleagues and friends who maybe interested. The link to the video of the event will be sent in due course. Thank you.
The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice
With Professor Michael West and Sister Jayanti
The Janki Foundation Annual Lecture, 27th September 2016, 7pm, GCH, LONDON
With around 240 people present and 50-60 joining online, MC, Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Sarah Eagger, introduced the evening led by Professor Michael West, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund and Professor of Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, who captivated everyone for 45 minutes with a scholarly and beautifully researched presentation on the therapeutic value of a meditation practice, as well as the powerful and positive impact a meditation practice can have on any individual’s overall health and well-being. Some of the benefits that were explored by Professor West were how on a personal level meditation can bring about the following:
o Profound peace of mind
o Deeper sense of the meaning of existence
o Connection, compassion and altruism
o Deeper meaning of existence, insights about the conditioning of the mind.
This was framed by eloquent poems by Dr Rachna Chowla, on the interconnectedness of existence: Come and see and live out of your own story’s mask!
Then followed a fascinating conversation between Sister Jayanti and Professor West. Sister Jayantishared many points on the profound benefits of her many years of experience as a practicing Raj Yogi, including how there are many seeming paradoxes that exist. Professor West had noticed and shared that ‘When I sit by my pond and I feel the wind…..there are times of real stillness which are very here and now, and are filled with feelings of gratitude and love...this then feels transcendent and it is connecting’.
Sister Jayanti shared how ‘often what it doesn’t say on the tin with secular practices like mindfulness is that it will take you to experiences that are far more meaningful than just the therapeutic experiences. Mindfulness fits in with Raj Yoga meditation. There is the experience of Om…I am present…..coming to the awareness of the peace and stillness that sits within’.
The evening was closed with a meditation commentary by Sister Jayanti, and MC Dr Sarah Eagger thanked both the speakers saying ‘we appreciate your presence and your roles as amazing people doing amazing work in the world’, and thankyous were given to Rachna for the beautiful poetry as well as to the whole organising and production teams for the evening.
With best wishes
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