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Janki Foundation to Host Special Event 'Shining Light on Death' on 21 September in Leicester
13 August 2019
With the very successful one day event held last year in July, in London (GCH), a similar one day is being held in Leicester, jointly organised by the Janki Foundation and Brahma Kumaris Leicester - 'Shining Light on Death' on 21 September 2019. Please see e-flyer below (with attached PDF). Admission is free but registration is required as places are limited.
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With all good wishes
NEWS Bulletin from the Janki Foundation: Video links for 'Shining Light on Death... Creating a Sacred Space' held in November 2018 AND forthcoming Workshop Dates
20 February 2019
GOODBYE, SORRY, THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU’ is a summary of the complex negotiations that a dying person may engage in when consciously letting go.
We are also pleased to inform you that based on the feedback from participants attending the Shining Light on Death events last year, our forthcoming events are continuing with the same theme. Workshops on 'The Sacred Journey' are being organized for those interested in further exploring the subject of death in smaller groups. The dates for the two afternoon workshops are Saturday 13th April and Saturday 15th June 2019. If you are interested in attending, please SAVE THE DATES in your diaries. Details of the workshops including how to register will be sent out in due course.
Meditation for Medics, Mums & Dads - See latest news of regular meditation sessions held at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital.
One of the main aims of the Foundation is to give regular support to the Global Hospital & Research Centre, a unique hospital situated in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India. The hospital’s work has grown exponentially over the last 27 years. The latest annual report for the hospital can be found on our website.
The Values in Healthcare: a spiritual approach programme, a personal and team development programme for healthcare practitioners, is moving forward leaps and bounds in India with facilitators being trained from all states to cope with the demand for the programme.
The Foundation’s work was featured in the December 2018 issue of the YOGA Magazine. We thank the Martin Gill, Assistant Editor, YOGA magazine, for giving us this opportunity. See the article and cover page on our website.
Global Hospital Honored with "Rajasthan Energy Conservation Award 2018"
27 December 2018
The Global Hospital and Research Center (GHRC), Mount Abu, has been honored with the“Rajasthan Energy Conservation Award 2018” at the award distribution ceremony held on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day by the Energy Department of the Government of Rajasthan, at Indralok Auditorium, Jaipur. This prestigious award has been received by BK Kedar, Energy Auditor of GHRC BKENCON (Brahma Kumaris Energy Conservation) Project, on behalf of GHRC in the gracious presence of Sanjay Malhotra, Principal Secretary of Energy in the Government of Rajasthan, and RG Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of the Discoms.
On this occasion, Dr. Partap Midha, Medical Director of GHRC, congratulated the staff of Global Hospital and said that they will maintain its continuity in Renewable Energy-based products and services, by giving importance to the conservation of energy for social and economical development of rural masses.
The objective of the energy conservation award plan is to give special state-level recognition for the conscious and systematic efforts put in by the industries/establishments/individuals for efficient utilisation and measurable conservation of energy during the years 2017-18.
The J Watumull Global Hospital and Research Centre (GHRC or Global Hospital, for short) was commissioned in October 1991. A hospital in the green hilly Mount Abu, it helps to meet the emergency health needs of the millions of people visiting the hill town. Global Hospital stands out from other hospitals, as it is committed to deliver healthcare to all, irrespective of the patient’s economic or social standing.
GHRC had been given this award by RRECL, Ministry of Energy, Government of Rajasthan for its efficient energy management practices.
Brahma Kumaris Energy Conservation Project
"Save Multi Million Units of Power "
With Best Wishes,
(BEE Ministry of Power Govt. of India)
Seasons Greetings form Janki Foundation
25 December 2018
'Shining Light on Death' - Janki Foundation One Day Event on 14 July
15 September 2018
Greetings of peace. Please find below news reports, video links and other helpful information for 'Shining Light on Death' event held by the Janki Foundation on 14th July 2018. The one-day seminar was organised for the caring professions and anyone interested to create a greater understanding of the spiritual aspects of dying, death and bereavement. Guest speakers were Dr Peter Fenwick, a neuropsychiatrist, Ann Yeomans, a Soul Midwife, and Sister Jayanti, European Head of the Brahma Kumaris.
Dr Sarah Eagger, MC, explained that ‘…death is clearly something we all have in common. It is absolutely part of the cycle of life and yet we are quite afraid and have anxiety about dying. Most of us don’t know when and how we are going to die. So what role does death play in our lives and how do we feel about it? Maybe it is going to be painful. We also observe the grief of those left behind. It is clear how we have taken death out of our lives and we are a death denying society. We wish to take the sting out of this and today we are going to look at how we can make it more acceptable and a part of life.’
We received excellent feedback from the programme and many people have requested the information given below. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to make the event so memorable and beneficial for so many.
The news and other resources will also be put up on www.jankifoundation.org by end of next week.
News Reports - Short (also shown below) and long reports attached - both include some inspirational feedback.
Photos of the event: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JBfiPduWA8BGtznZ
Leaflet of the event: Attached
Video links in 3 parts:
Part 1 - Dr Peter Fenwick’s presentation on ‘What happens when you die?’
Part 2 - Ann Yeomans, sharing about the ‘Role of a friend – care, compassion and companion’
Part 3 - Sister Jayanti, speaking on ‘Facing our Fear of Death – Spiritual aspects of Dying’
Handouts by Ann Yeomans: Attached
Ann Yeomans gave out 3 handouts on: Notes & Meditation Template; Role of Soul Midwife & Four Stages of Dying; Therapeutic presence & keeping vigil
Handout given at workshops: Attached
Bridget Haley: Shining Light on Death: Being with the Dying
Songs by Lucinda:
1 'I will rise' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0LHz8j9o3Y Also available on CD - Road Least Travelled by Lucinda Drayton
2 'Thank You' from CD Bliss http://www.lucindadrayton.com/product-tag/bliss/
3 'You’ve got a friend’ by James Taylor
Recommended Books & Papers by Dr Peter Fenwick:
'Dying : A Transition (End of Life Care: A Series) by Monica Renz'
'Nearing the end of life: A Guide for Relatives and Friends of the Dying' by Sue Brayne and Dr Peter Fenwick
Fenwick P, Brayne S. End-of-life experiences: reaching out for compassion, communication, and connection: meaning of deathbed visions and coincidences. Am J Hosp Hosp Palliat Care. 2011;28(1):7-15.
Renz M, Reichmuth O, Bueche D, Traichel B, Schuett Mao M, Cerny T, Strasser F. Fear, Pain, Denial, and Spiritual Experiences in Dying Processes. Am J Hosp Hosp Palliat Care. 2018;35(3): 478-491.
Please feel free to share this news and resources with family, friends and colleagues who may be interested.
With warmest regards
"Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love."
One Day Event by Janki Foundation or Spirituality in Healthcare
‘Shining Light on Death’ – 14th July 2018
Global Co-operation House, London
With Dr Peter Fenwick, Ann Yeomans and Sister Jayanti
Over 200 people attended the one-day seminar Shining Light on Death at Global Co-operation House (London) on 14thJuly. There were also 30-40 people who joined the seminar online. Guest speakers were Dr Peter Fenwick, a London neuropsychiatrist, Ann Yeomans, a Soul Midwife who works in Sussex, and Sister Jayanti, European Head of the Brahma Kumaris. Threaded throughout the day were songs by Lucinda Drayton and poetry read by Dr Craig Brown, Dr Rachna Chowla and Suja Chandran. Dr Sarah Eagger, Chair of the Janki Foundation, extended a warm welcome to the speakers and guests.
The seminar was planned to create greater understanding of the spiritual aspects of dying, death and bereavement and to make it less of a taboo subject.
Dr Eagger explained that ‘…death is clearly something we all have in common. It is absolutely part of the cycle of life and yet we are quite afraid and have anxiety about dying. Most of us don’t know when and how we are going to die. So what role does death play in our lives and how do we feel about it? Maybe it is going to be painful. We also observe the grief of those left behind. It is clear how we have taken death out of our lives and we are a death denying society. We wish to take the sting out of this and today we are going to look at how we can make it more acceptable and a part of life.’
What are we afraid of?
Dr Fenwick posed the question, ‘what happens when you die? ‘As a clinician he was fully aware of how, as a culture, we are primarily concerned with pain control and physical comfort. Yet we know so little about the dying process, and so it seems to be the same for those who care for us at the end. It is as if, understandably, we are so attached to life we can’t (or won’t) face the prospect of death. Few people wish to die and the rest of us for the most part are subject to feelings of fear, sadness, loss, anger and rejection; immeasurably so when hooked up to the technology of the 21stcentury hospital death bed, tended by healthcare professionals who have little training in end-of-life care.
As a specialist in human consciousness, however, Dr Fenwick himself saw death as a ‘great adventure’, a process signposted with many fascinating phenomena including (for those who die consciously) visions, feelings of unity, wholeness and healing, love and compassion and, towards the very end, the peaceful experience of a new reality. He emphasised the importance of holding an attitude of curiosity with the willingness to explore and develop feelings of acceptance and an understanding that everything must be given up. These experiences, often described as a spiritual awakening, can and do exist independent of religious attitudes.
Dr Fenwick reminded everyone to plan for the kind of environment they would like to have at the end of their life whether at home, in a hospice or in a special hospital unit that offers a supportive environment.
He concluded that ‘we are never born and will never die… love, light, consciousness streams through us and this is what creation is. So what are we afraid of?’
Earth, Water, Fire, Air
Ann Yeomans who as a Soul Midwife spoke about taking on the role of a compassionate and caring friend with the skill of ‘being present’ with someone who is dying and with their family.
(Refer to Ann's handouts)
Whereas as Dr Fenwick outlined three phases of dying—pre-transition, transition and post-transition, Ann Yeomans informed us of the dying person’s gradual withdrawal in terms of elemental energy. The first stage, represented by the energy of Earth, depicts physical withdrawal (e.g. loss of appetite, strength, changes in the senses and in appetite). The second stage of withdrawal, Water, is characterised by the emergence of old traumas and the need to come to terms with letting go of the illusion of power and control over one’s life and having to give up everything. Fire, the next stage, could be heralded by irritability and is particularly difficult for family members to witness. It is also the time when the dying may sense visitations of people from the past coming to meet and accompany them. The last element to withdraw is Air, characterised by drifting into unconsciousness – a time for all stimuli to be removed from the room and a corresponding need for family to let go. Ann Yeomans ended by highlighting the importance of ‘whole-body’ listening with posture, eyes and heart, therapeutic touch and presence.
After lunch participants went into 8 parallel workshops with two facilitators in each group of 15-20 to discuss ‘Exploring a compassionate presence with dying people’ and addressed the following three questions:
· What qualities of presence would you like in someone who is with you when you are dying?
· What would you like them to say or do that would be comforting?
· How could you use what we’ve done today to help you be with a person who is dying?
Experiencing contentment and gratitude
The afternoon ended with a response by Sister Jayanti to the questions put to her by Dr Sarah Eagger about soul consciousness and about preparing for death by the way we live. Sister Jayanti spoke about the awareness of the difference between material consciousness (awareness of the physical self) and spiritual consciousness. So much more is now known about the latter through the scientific work being done by researchers such as Dr Peter Fenwick on the phenomenon of Near Death Experience (NDE), where consciousness appears to reside outside the body as well as in the brain. She drew a parallel with experiences we can have in Raja Yoga meditation where we experience our inner being as having a separate identity from the brain and the body. The more she meditates, Sister Jayanti said, the more she is able to transcend time and space, go beyond the physical dimension, and connect and identify with ‘soul’…the being that she truly is.
She then quoted Dadi Janki, the spiritual head of the Brahma Kumaris, who said ‘consider every moment to be your last moment and prepare for that.’ She has never postponed anything. ‘Do it now, for who has seen what tomorrow can bring….not even later today…now!’ Our actions, our ‘karma’, Sister Jayanti went on to say, become the giving of love, wisdom and compassion, and these all impact on our final moments. We don’t want to be caught up with karmic accounts we have with people. We want to go into the experience of a better place, and become merged in God’s love. At this moment could I be ready to leave or are there things that are still pulling me? Attachments will pull me. Attachment brings suffering. Ego brings suffering and we all have layers of ego.
Can I detach from skin, colour, family, education etc.? If so then I can be just pure consciousness and soul conscious. The more I practise this the more I am able to deal with my ego and unfulfilled desires. Can I simplify and be content with what I have, or do I chase after what I don’t have? Can I experience contentment and gratitude? Can I forgive?
Why wait until later, why not experience this freedom now? This will also support a smooth transition. Transition is a very spiritual expression, as it signifies there is not an end, there is continuity. The phase when I leave one costume and move into a different one is a transition. I let go of what I need to let go of and, being prepared through meditation, I can experience peace and joy in this movement. When I understand and practise the stage of pure consciousness as a soul there is no more fear. Fear just dissolves. I know that I existed before I took this physical form.
The day closed with a reflective commentary by Sister Jayanti, and ended with Lucinda inviting everyone to join her as she sang a cappella, the final song ‘You’ve got a friend’ by James Taylor.
Excerpts of feedback from participants:
This was one of the most enlightening and informative study days that I have attended in my career. I left at the end of the day having learnt so much and now have a very different outlook on certain aspects of my care giving and interaction with patients and families.
- Greta Barnard, Senior Staff Nurse, Haven House Children’s Hospice
Many nurses have historically shared divine experiences with their patients at the point of death but the subject is rarely discussed, for fear of ridicule. Special days like this one will help to open the dialogue, which is greatly needed.
- Anne Richardson, Registered Nurse (since 1973), NHS
The thing I was left with overall was how beautifully the Janki Foundation cared for us with your lovely staff, great organisation and the delicious meal at lunchtime. To me that mirrored the way we should be caring for our dying and their families and so it felt very right in that way. We must model what we want to teach people in my view and you did that so wonderfully.
- Katrina Taee, End of Life Doula
An enjoyable day coming to terms with the inevitable; there is no escape.
I enjoyed the talks and presentations and the time we had to share our thoughts in small groups. I came away with greater understanding and know I will have to put my own house in order... ready.
- Revd John Merrill, Multi-faith minister and Funeral Celebrant
The event allowed me to understand experiences and happenings surrounding death, a common path we will all take and that we may have witnessed ourselves, sharing hope, trust and an understanding of our common humanity. A chance to embrace the deeper connection we have on a spiritual level with ourselves, those whom we love, the wider world and relax in the knowing that all is ‘safe and well’.
- Dr Astrid Bendomir, Occupational Physician, Assured Occupational Health, Aberdeen
I welcome events such as this which boldly yet sensitively considers the otherwise closed and avoided topic of death. Opportunity to talk, share and learn about it and perhaps how to prepare for it. Ironically, it is the only issue all of us face and no one can avoid. It was refreshing to have the matter out in the open and to be given the opportunity to bring curiosity to it’s shores.
- Suzan Hackett, Counsellor & Group Facilitator, Penny Brohn, UK
What I remembered is that there is a sacred place within us where everyone could find love and comfort. We can also have access to a clear light inside which can spread around and attract others. At the time of death the Ego is crumbling and there is the feeling of letting go.
- Dr Herve Foulot, Surgeon in Gynaecology, Cochin Hospital, Paris, France
The day made me think about Death, and learnt that if I develop curiosity and acceptance, the process of dying becomes easier and peaceful. The day has given me strength to talk about Death with my parents and I actually spoke at a length with my mother, and was pleased with our discussion, that she is preparing to give up to be ready for death. As a Doctor, 'I learnt things which I can use, for e.g. Soul Midwifery, use of Green colour, music, pebbles, being in person's reality etc... to make my patients death process beautiful.
- Dr Mina Bobdey, Psychiatrist
Click here for report in PDF format.
Click on below image to view the video.
'Live Well with Happier Cooking and Eating' 29th July at GCH - Report and link to Recipes
3 Septermber 2018
*All recipes used can be found on: www.inspiredstillness.com\blog
After a video of Amazing Nature, BK Sharon welcomed the 150 participants to the cooking demonstration saying that ‘Wellness is the new must-have in today’s modern world’ and this would also be the focus of this afternoon’s recipes.
The afternoon continued with the first 3 cooks presenting their topics addressing Mental and Emotional Health.
Cook 1 – BK Rajesh : Mental Health - Detoxing Mind and Body
Watermelon and Fresh Mint Juice
Chilled Watermelon chopped into large pieces, some with rind, some without.
Fresh Mint with large stems removed
As Rajesh prepared the watermelon, he reminded that of all the facilities we use in the kitchen, our body is the best machine of all and that it is necessary for us to maintain it well. He shared: ‘In fact, if I choose plant-based food – that is, food that is alive – no matter my age, I can constantly feel as good as I did in my 20s. If the food I have eaten does not leave me feeling energized, then it is not good for my body.’
Method for Juicing
Place the watermelon bits without the rind into the processor to create the necessary juice, then add the bits with the rind and add mint to taste.
Cooks 2 – BK Amirah, Hannah and Sami: Emotional Health – Managing our Cravings Healthy Vegan Banana Cake (sugar free)
Amirah, her daughter Hannah and her son Sami who are often cooking together, shared that cravings are a powerful desire for something that may be lacking in the body eg. a lack of certain nutrients. The most common cravings are:
#Sugar is the number one common craving as it gives quick energy. The paradox is that the more sugar I eat the more I’ll crave sugar. The craving could indicate a lack of minerals so eating more vegetables and fruit is a good place to start. ‘Good nutrition’ shared Amirah, ‘is about making good choices of food as part of everyday life and finding what works for my body.’
#Chocolate is the second most common craving, and could indicate a magnesium deficiency.
#Carbohydrate cravings often indicate emotional distress, lack of comfort or lack of sleep.
#Salty food longings could indicate a lack of sodium, which can be found eg. in olives. When using salt, Amirah prefers pink Himalayan salt for her cooking.
#Caffeine cravings could indicate a lack of phosphorus which can be found in nuts. It may as well indicate that the body/mind needs more rest.
Cook 3 – BK Ranjan: Mental Health - Detoxing Mind and Body and Uplifting Thoughts
Buckwheat Detox Kitchedi
Ranjan was sharing her practical experience of the impact of her awareness on food while cooking: ’Before cooking, I can take a few moments to sit in silence and connect with what I am going to cook and who I am cooking for, and to create thoughts of peace, calm and kindness so that the fragrance of those thoughts can be absorbed by the food as I prepare it. Then the food that I cook will be enjoyed by all who eat it. Along with the coconut oil, most of the spices used in this Kitchedi are good for digestion, so this food detoxes the stomach and my peaceful thoughts while I cook detoxes the mind. It is good for every meal to include all 6 tastes just as this recipe does. These tastes are: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent.’
In the following part of the program BK Ramita presented a Vision Board Exercise. The audience was invited to reflect on two questions, to get in touch with the inner self, connect with the heart and intuition and think about which newness/change I would like to create regarding my lifestyle. What is my inspiration? What would I like to create in my own life?
Step 1: Create an intention - The seed to create anything I want in my life
What feeling do I want to bring into my everyday life to increase my overall sense of well-being?
Some examples are: energized, relaxed, light, positive, stable, refreshed, strong, happy, peaceful
Choose one and write it down on my sheet of paper.
Step 2: Make lifestyle choices
Holding that intention in my mind and allowing my intuition to guide me, I look through the lifestyle cards projected on the screen and choose 3 I am most drawn to
The Lifestyle Cards are: 1 Journal Space; 2 Just a Minute; 3 Sleep Well; 4 Positive Thoughts;
5 Inner Sanctuary; 6 Wake Up well; 7 Expression and Sharing; 8 Fresh Air; 9 Lots of Water;
10 Meditation Space; 11 Changing Habits; 12 Pause. Think. Act; 13 Conscious Eating; 14 Digital Detox
Step 3: Set a S.M.A.R.T. goal on how I can apply these 3 cards in my life to make my intention a reality
Set one goal for each card: Specific; Measurable; Achievable; Relevant; Timely
Write down each goal under the title of each card and complete your vision board.
Reflect ‘This is something I am doing for myself. Think about how to make these goals real.’
After a sweet video of a little girl choosing to be a vegetarian because it is not kind to cook and eat animals, BK Sharon welcomed everyone back and shared her personal story on becoming a vegetarian.
BK Nicole lead us in a guided meditation on creating a sense of calm and peace and love, allowing that love to emerge, reach out to all of humanity, animals and nature.
Cook 4 – BK Egils: Physical Health – Boosting the Immune System
Carrot & Seed Loaf with Beetroot Sauce
Egils talked about the importance of choosing How-not-to-die food, because choosing the wrong food causes us to be sick and to die prematurely. He shared that for him ‘The basis of health is to stick to fruit, vegetables and legumes. Choosing and eating the right food is like taking medicine on a daily basis. Most of the food in the supermarket is not food and causes disease in the body. Eating the right food can be enjoyable, it does not need to be a sacrifice.’
The Carrot & Seed Loaf is tasty and good for special occasions. The beetroot sauce with its bright pink color has a pleasant tang from the limes and can be eaten with any other dish.
Cook 5 – BK Jasuben:Spiritual Health – Positivity in my Thinking while Cooking
Cashew and Pistachio Treat
Jasuben talked about being creative when cooking and making it fun, which causes the food to take on joy and delight. She further shared ‘Even if I need to rush with my cooking, I can still hold a mental state that is positive with that special ingredient of the love and joy of sharing. When I put happiness into the food I take happiness into my body and so my output is happiness. To positively charge the food I then offer it to Baba, invoke His love and power and have him fill the food with His love and power.’
The audience then offered the food that had been prepared at the program together with Jasuben and everyone had a taste of the afternoon’s demonstrations.
The event finished with sharing of blessing cards and a chance for the audience to meet, mingle and chat.
*** Om Shanti ***
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