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RECORDING AVAILABLE of the BK International Day of Yoga event at the UN: Link of Love - June 28

29 June 2022

EVENT REPLAY LINK:  https://youtu.be/E8Mxg_-fkSw [1:08:58]

 

 

BK side event at UN Ocean Conference - June 30th

28 June 2022

Dear family and friends,

You are warmly invited to a virtual side event organized by the Brahma Kumaris at the UN Ocean Conference 2022 in Lisbon.

 

Technologies of Consciousness in Scaling Up Ocean Actions

Thursday 30 June 2022; 1.00 pm – 2.15 pm GMT+1

Zoom link.
Meeting ID: 918 6720 1526
Passcode: ocean

 

This panel offers an in-depth discussion on the role of human consciousness in degradation and rebuilding of the ocean life and in achieving sustainable development goals. The participants will examine which shift in mindset is needed so that the well-being of humans and ocean can become the new imperative of our global action.

 

Moderator
Dr. Tamasin Ramsay, Senior Policy Advisor, Animal Justice Party (Australia)

 

Speakers
1. Professor Emeritus James Mair, Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (the UK)
2. John Ndiritu, Professor of Water Engineering University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
3. Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, CEO - Repair the Sea (the USA)
4. Valériane Bernard, UN Representative for Brahma Kumaris in Geneva (Switzerland)

 

Meditation:
Aneta Loj, R&D Coordinator at India One Solar Thermal Power Plant (India/Poland)

 

 

 

 

April - May 2022 UN Newsletter

28 June 2022

Dear National and Center Coordinators, and Friends,

Greetings of love.

 

As the changing of seasons brings new and fresh energy, the BKUN team continues to generate the same with their presence in the NY Office thrice a week, along with participating in ongoing UN events across the world.


We invite you to read news of International Earth Day, Conference to Combat Desertification, International Day of Families, World Tea Day, No Tobacco Day, and more.

 

 

Earth Day Festival: Invest in our planet

22nd of April.

BK Julia Grindon-Welch shared a message on the impact of the inner world on the outer world and how we can truly invest in our planet, which was the topic of this year's Earth Festival. The event was organized by the World Yoga Community. Watch her message on BKUN Instagram.

 

The Brahma Kumaris Climate Change team also organized a virtual event entitled, United for Mother Earth, Inspiring for a Greener Future.

 

Learn more.

 

BK Jayanti Kirpalani was a panelist at an event organized by Green Faith entitled, Celebration & Interfaith Commemoration of Earth Day.


Watch here

 

 

UN International Conference to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity

This year, UNCCD COP15 (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification – 15th Conference of Parties) was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast from May 9 - 20, 2022.

 

The Brahma Kumaris participated by facilitating workshops and collaborating with other NGOs and UN Agencies. As Brahma Kumaris was part of the CSO working group planning of the first Open Dialogue Statements, it was agreed to end the session with a 10 minutes Meditation as our contribution to the dialogue. BK Aneta guided the delegates through a peaceful and powerful experience of silence and reflection.

 

The BK delegation of 5 included BK Pratibha Patel (Kenya), John Ndiritu (South Africa), Aneta Loj (Poland), Grace Lopez-Charles (Ghana), Sonja Ohlsson (Denmark).


Read reports here
Watch photos here

 

 

Social Media

The Brahma Kumaris UN extended team has been very active in supporting the SDGs and the UN International Days by organizing live interviews, meditations, and videos which are posted on all social media, especially on BKUN Instagram 

 

International Day of Sport for Peace and Development Valerie Still 
International Day of Conscience: Carolin Fraude 
International Tea Day: Virtual Tea Party 
International Day of Families: Karen Perusse and Suresh Nadella
World No Tobacco Day: Radio Madhuban 

 

 

Ongoing at the UN

Despite everyone’s busy schedules, weekly one hour conversations and meditations continue with our UN community. These meditation sessions are focused on current themes of the UN including international days, as we pay attention to empowering ourselves and sharing peace, love, compassion and hope with the world. Additionally, there is weekly meditation and spiritual conversation for regular students of the Brahma Kumaris.

 

The BKUN team is also participating in various events organized by our NGO friends. BK Sabita Geer led a special peace meditation at the annual anniversary celebratory event of Lord Mahavir organized by the International Ahimsa Foundation (NGO) and held at the Consulate of India, NYC.

 

The Brahma Kumaris, Vice-chair of the Committee of Religious NGOs, attend regular monthly meetings as one of three facilitators of the climate change working group of the said committee.

 

The BKUN Office is slowly opening to visitors as the pandemic guidelines are becoming more relaxed.

 

 

UN International Observances Celebrated by the Brahma Kumaris

International Days

Kindly make a special note of these dates so that events can be organized to celebrate or honor them. As usual, we appreciate a brief report and photos for social media and the blog


You are welcome to browse this website for updates on themes and other information and international days you may wish to observe.

 

February 11 International Day for Women and Girls in Science
March 8 International Women's Day
March 20 International Day of Happiness
March 22 World Water Day
April 7 World Health Day
April 22 International Earth Day
May 15 International Day of Families
June 5 World Environment Day
June 21 International Day of Yoga
August 12 International Youth Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day
September 21 International Day of Peace
October 1 International Day of Older Persons
October 2 International Day of Non-violence
November 16 International Day of Tolerance
November 18 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 10 Human Rights Day

 

International Weeks:

February 1 - 7 World Interfaith Harmony Week
May 4 - 10 UN Global Road Safety Week (every 2 years)

 

International Months:

May Mental Health Awareness Month

 

 

 

 

 

BK International Day of Yoga event at the UN: Link of Love - June 28

27 June 2022

click on image to register.

 

Dear National and Center Coordinators,

All are warmly invited to virtually celebrate Yoga Day with us on Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 - 7:30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invitation: 8th International Day of Yoga event: June 21

17 June 2022

Dear Sister,

Greetings of peace.

You are warmly invited to join us as we celebrate the 8th. International Day of Yoga hybrid event on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 12noon - 3:00pm at the Tillman Chapel, United Nations Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E-notice: Leading up to International Day of Yoga: 21 Days to Make a Difference

28 May 2022

Dear National and Center Coordinators,

 

We are pleased to share about a new project in celebration of the 8th. International Day of Yoga: 21 Days to Make a Difference - Your Relationship with Your Mind. It runs for 21 days leading up to International Day of Yoga, starting 1st June with a daily reflection and practise until 21st June.

 

Join us on this incredible journey to make a difference - an opportunity to change the habits of the mind - patterns of thinking, feelings and ways of responding. This unique journey will encapsulate 3 weeks of reflections and practises on the themes:


* Clean Your Mind
* Train Your Mind
* Empower Your Mind

 

Before you begin the journey, here are a few questions to contemplate on:
* Am I aware of the quality, volume, and the speed of thoughts I create?
* Is my self-talk pleasant?
* How do I take care of my mind?
* Do I enjoy my own company?

 

Get involved.

 

 

 

 

 

BK UN March Newsletter 2022

29 April 2022

Dear National Coordinators, Center Coordinators, and friends,

Greetings of love.

We invite you to read news of the International Women's Day, 66th Session for the Commission on the Status of Women, International Day of Happiness, and other ongoing activities.

Gender Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.
The color was purple and the campaign theme for International Women's Day 2022 was #Break the Bias. Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. However, collectively we can break the bias in our communities, workplaces, schools, colleges and universities, even in our homes.
The Brahma Kumaris organized events to honor and raise awareness for gender empowerment in many countries:

Cinnaminson, NJ - Shakti: Harnessing the Power of Self.
BKUN Instagram - An intergenerational conversation
BKUN - Power of the Feminine
BKUN - Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope
Malaysia - Role of women in values-based leadership

The Role of Consciousness in Transformation: women leading the way
March 23, 2022
Over the years, the Brahma Kumaris has actively participated in this conference. This year, a BK delegation of 5 submitted a written statement.
As we look at what is happening in the world, we know we need a deeper transformer, a deeper inquiry, and shift. The inner world and the outer world are parts of the same wheel of life. For the outer state of the world to be transformed, the inner state of our world must first be transformed. Women have a crucial role in this. Together with men, women can lead the way with integrity, intuitive wisdom, and courage. During this session, with participation from more than 180 women and men, we explored the topic of The Role of Consciousness in Transformation: Women Leading the Way. Read more.

You are welcome to watch event here.

BK delegation: Julia Grindon-Welch, Marianne Lizana, Nalishha Mehta, Pratiba Daya, and Sabita Geer.

International Day of Happiness
March 20
This year, HAPPINESS FOR ALL, UKRAINE was announced as the 2022 United Nations International Day of Happiness official theme, in solidarity with the people, country and government of Ukraine, against Russian President Putin’s invasion, act of war, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and overall attack on Ukraine and its people, as well as, democracy, freedom, all of humanity, all of civilization, and all of us.

"HAPPINESS FOR ALL, UKRAINE is a call to all people, all nations, and all humanity, to stand with Ukraine, with the United Nations, and the 7.8 billion strong global human family.
BK Gayatri Naraine shared a message for the world.
Watch on YouTube

The BKUN team also participated in various events organized by our NGO friends. The GandhiKing Season for Nonviolence annually hosts a few events to honor the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The Brahma Kumaris were invited to be on a panel with the theme, A Season for Nonviolence Across Cultures & Faiths. These events are organized and facilitated by students of high schools and colleges.

The conversation with faith leaders focused on educating people on the importance of nonviolence and to offer simple and meaningful tools on how to practice nonviolence. BK Sabita Geer represented the Brahma Kumaris.

Ongoing at the BKUN Office
Despite everyone's busy schedules, weekly one hour conversation and meditation is continuing with a small group of BKs along with regular Thursday evening meditation with friends. These meditation sessions usually focus on nurturing and empowering participants so they can better deal with current challenges and in observance of UN International Days. Meditation sessions were especially held in supporting the souls of war-ridden places, such as Ukraine.

The Social Media platforms are continuing to be very active. We do hope you are following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and have subscribed to the BKUN YouTube Channel. An extra word of appreciation to the team working behind the scenes, putting it all together.

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UN International Observances Celebrated by the Brahma Kumaris
International Days
Kindly make a special note of these dates so that events can be organized to celebrate or honor them. As usual, we appreciate a brief report and photos for the facebook page and the blog.
You are welcome to browse this website for updates on themes and other information and international days you may wish to observe.

March 8 International Women's Day
March 20 International Day of Happiness
March 22 World Water Day
April 7 World Health Day
April 22 International Earth Day
May 15 International Day of Families
June 5 World Environment Day
June 21 International Day of Yoga
August 12 International Youth Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day
September 21 International Day of Peace
October 1 International Day of Older Persons
October 2 International Day of Non-violence
November 16 International Day of Tolerance
November 18 World Day of Remebrance for Road Traffic Victims
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 10 Human Rights Day

International Weeks:
February 1 - 7 World Interfaith Harmony Week
May 13 - 17 Global Road Safety Week

 

 

 

 

 

Reminder: link to premiere of Peace in the Park promo, Apr. 3

3 April 2022

 

Dear NCs, CCS, and the Divine family,

Greetings of peace.

As promised, here is the link to watch the premiere of the launch of Peace in the Park on Sunday, April 3 @ 11:00AM EST.

Please click here to watch the launch.

We thank you for all the support you gave "Peace in the Park" over the years and especially during the pandemic when the festival went virtual with the series, "Breathe Peace."

We are happy to inform you that this year, Peace in the Park will be LIVE, in-PERSON, once again at Central Park Bandshell, NYC on

Friday, July 29th. from 12noon -7:00pm
We will prepare simple marketing materials and would appreciate it if you help in sharing it with your friends and contacts. You will receive these at a later date.

Thank you
In Baba's remembrance,

PIP planning team

 

Download Flyer here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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