A Chance to Choose | Yogesh Sharda
From choosing a toothpaste, to choosing a partner or a spiritual path, our lives are a map of all our past decisions. Many of our decisions are influenced by fears, wishful thinking, others’ expectations and impulse rather than intuition. How can we learn to discern the best way forward, and make decisions using a balance of head and heart? Speaker: Yogesh Sharda A student and teacher of Raja Yoga meditation for over 40 years, Yogesh Sharda has been a Personal Development trainer and workshop facilitator for over 20 years. He has presented seminars, workshops and courses for businesses, hospitals, universities, youth organisations and local community groups throughout Europe, Asia, Australasia, the USA, and Central and South America. Currently based in Istanbul, Yogesh coordinates the activities of the Brahma Kumaris in Turkey.
The Power of Patience | Enrique Simo
Imagine having no patience, imagine having unlimited patience. How do we move from one to the other? Patience has a strong support network in the form of qualities such as love, peace and perseverance but also formidable opposition forces, especially in our fast paced, instant satisfaction society. Can true patience and tolerance be developed with practice over time or does it always exist as a power to be used in the present? Speaker: Enrique Simó is a professional executive coach and a facilitator in leadership development programs, helping senior managers and their teams meet their personal and professional goals in the business world and in the educational field. He travels extensively lecturing on mindfulness, meditation, coaching and personal development. A student and teacher of Raja Yoga meditation for over 30 years, Enrique is a member of the national coordination team of the Brahma Kumaris in Spain and coordinator of the headquarters in Madrid.
Taking Karma into Account | Moira Lowe
Is justice just a mental construct or is it something that our souls recognise as a fundamental principle or truth? Although it appears that people get away with murder, literally, every day, the account keeps tabs, and often the payments are made in ways and at times that none of us can calculate. How does karma actually work, and how can we keep ourselves from going into the red? Speaker: Moira Lowe Born and educated in Argentina, Moira Lowe was a surgical nurse and also studied Museum Administration out of her passion for art. In 1986 Moira met the Brahma Kumaris at their headquarters in Mt. Abu, India. She is currently the director of the Brahma Kumaris centres in Argentina and has helped to establish meditation centres in several countries in South America. Moira travels around the world leading personal development and meditation seminars for organisations in the fields of government, business health and education. She is very cheerful and light and lives by the deep conviction that life is a wonderful game that we play. Love for truth, love for the Human Family and love for God are her driving force.
Experience of God's Help in Dealing with Loss
Join us for a conversation with three guests who share the same study and meditation practice. They come from very different backgrounds, each with their own experiences and perspectives on facing loss. Marina Cavic Marina and her mother escaped the war in Bosnia in 1992 and came to the UK as refugees. Responding to a strong pull, Marina returned in 2013 to open the first branch of the Brahma Kumaris in Bosnia Herzegovina and now coordinates BK activities in that country. Marina has a deep love for truth, spreading universal values and practical methods for transformation that can help people become more stable, stronger and more deeply connected to their inner peace. She loves to teach courses in self-respect, stress-free living, authentic communication and meditation. Lernor Findlay Lernor was born in Jamaica to hardworking and loving parents who instilled in him the importance of education and along with that, good manners and self-respect. Growing up, he observed the differences between up-town and down-town existence which created a deep interest in how different communities live and the cement which holds them together. Lernor came to the UK aged 21 but within a year received the devastating news that his mother had died, bringing to the surface how much he missed his cultural home. After working in many different occupations Lernor pursued a degree in Social Anthropology leading finally to Social Work in which he worked until retirement. Lernor has been a student of Raja Yoga for over 20 years. Rosemary Turberville-Smith Born in England, Rosemary was three when she went to Beirut, Lebanon with her family. Aged 10 they moved to Persia, as Iran was then known, attending the American Community School in Tehran which brought her into contact with a truly multi-national group. Rosemary has spent many years of her life abroad and her work has ranged from being an air hostess to running a busy MP’s business office. Bringing up a family and someone else’s children brought its own set of problems but discovering the Brahma Kumaris gave her a new perspective and focus. Rosemary is currently based at the UK national co-ordinating office where she studies and teaches Raja Yoga meditation and is part of the administration team. Facilitating the conversation will be Dr Kala Mistry who has been studying Raja Yoga and working in psychiatry for 30 years.
Greater Detachment, Greater Love: Condradiction or Paradox | Sharona Stillerman
Detachment is often seen as an unhealthy factor in dysfunctional relationships. But what if this works the other way round? Greater detachment, means, rather than identifying someone or something as the source of our well-being, we live in the truth that we need nothing. Rather than leading to isolation, it is this true detachment that allows the soul to shine through, and enables us to be consistently loving and cooperative. Speaker: Sharona Stillerman has been a student and teacher of Raja Yoga meditation for more than 38 years. She is director of the Brahma Kumaris, Israel. Sharona was born in Wisconsin and studied in the USA and France. She opened the first Brahma Kumaris Center in Boston, USA, and for 15 years worked as a senior lecturer in English at Boston University. She is currently based in Israel but also travels extensively internationally, leading meditation and self-empowerment programs.
Easing the Tension - A Proactive Approach to Stress | Mathias Steffen
The feeling of being out of control, which lies at the heart of the stress, drains our energy, damages our health, spoils our relationships, and can leave us feeling a victim of life, not knowing where to turn, or what to do. In this evening’s talk we will explore ways of reducing the pressure and restoring a sense of peace and calm in the mind. This will help us to feel more in control of our life and seek positive solutions to the challenges we face. Speaker: Mathias Steffen Mathias lives in Switzerland and is a stress and resilience coach and a former headmaster. Although he was lacking nothing in life, for some inexplicable reason his inner happiness began to fade away more and more. On a long journey of search through Asia, Matthias discovered Raja Yoga meditation in India, which gave him back the key to his inner resources. In his many years of experience as a school director, he learned through a new spiritual perspective and with meditation how to deal with all sorts of people and challenges in a positive way. Mathias coordinates the activities of the Brahma Kumaris Centre in Zurich and is part of the National Coordinators Team in Switzerland.
Living Peacefully in Midst of Pandemonium | Carolyn Vetter & Marcia Osbourne
Some Native American Indian tribes give a special position of peace holder to one member of their community. No matter what form of chaos or tribulation was facing the tribe, that person’s job was to remain completely undisturbed. Being like the calm eye of a storm, such a person would influence the whole community. The world needs many such peace holders. Marcia Osbourne has been studying Raja Yoga meditation for more than 30 years and is currently based at the Brahma Kumaris Lighthouse Retreat Centre in Worthing. Until recently, Marcia worked for 13 years as a teaching assistant in a Pupil Referral Unit for teenagers aged from 11 to 16 years. An extremely demanding and high risk atmosphere which required her to accommodate a variety of behaviours/syndromes. Marcia runs weekly meditation sessions for the Lighthouse Centre and is also involved in the activities of the Croydon BK Centre. Carolyn Vetter, who is based in Derby, has been a student of the Brahma Kumaris for over 20 years and now focuses on personal development for herself and others. A former accountant, now retired, Carolyn is a mother and grandmother. She is also part of the events team for the Leicester BK Centre. In her personal, family life and business situations, Carolyn has often been called upon to stay calm in challenging times.
Original Goodness - Fact or Fiction? | Neville Hodgkinson
Marking the International Day of Happiness. You’re only human, sins of the fathers, original sin - these concepts have infiltrated our consciousness to explain our flaws. But whenever we smile, help another or think a happy thought, our bodies respond with health and happiness-inducing chemicals. Goodness feels good, so perhaps we should explore a new human narrative about our divine nature and origins, which despite appearances has never truly abandoned us.
Breaking the Bias | Denise Lawrence
Bias is a hot issue that flags up social attitudes which depend on preconceptions and attitudes considered correct for centuries. When unfairness, abuse and crimes against women are no longer completely hidden from view, then people start paying attention and questioning. Gender bias is as old as the oldest religions and cultures. The issue is not about making men and women the same, but it is a matter of social and legal systems that treat women as objects rather than as people, thereby denying women basic human rights. Simone de Beauvoir’s ground-breaking book, The Second Sex, published in 1949 describes the issue in minute detail. After 70 years of efforts to counteract systemic and institutionalised unfair and ill treatment of women we still have a very long way to go. Our speaker, Denise Lawrence, will define the spiritual laws that give key information for redressing the balance. Without this clarification, issues of gender bias will remain contentious, and attitudes are unlikely to change. Denise has been a student and teacher at the Brahma Kumaris for nearly 50 years and has established and coordinated many BK centres all over the world. She is a popular writer and broadcaster who has prepared a Diploma course in Education in Values and Spirituality which is now being taught at several Universities in India and Asia. Her powerful book Siamachy has been published in many languages. Denise lives in Munich, Germany but travels widely offering seminars, lectures and retreats on subjects related to spirituality, meditation and the convergence of spiritual and psychological inner work.
Staying In The Light - Awake, Aware & Connected | Maureen Goodman
Mahashivratri – the Grand Night of Shiva is a major Hindu festival, celebrated in February/March. It symbolises the possibility of humanity overcoming sorrow and ignorance. Our topic this evening acknowledges the present state of darkness, uncertainty and untruth in our world while looking towards the dawn of openness, harmony, honesty and most of all light - in all its forms and meanings. Maureen Goodman is the Programme Director for the Brahma Kumaris (UK) and oversees the University’s activities in such areas as education, youth, women’s issues, interfaith dialogue and the environment. Sister Maureen is the University’s representative at the United Nations, Vienna and a member of the Executive Circle of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, a platform for leaders to discover new ways to move forward, based on deep human values. She travels widely giving lectures on themes related to spiritual development.
Finding Forgiveness | Neil Jordan
Resentment, revenge, bitterness, hopelessness, are amongst the feelings that can emerge when we feel challenged by the actions of others. Our instincts may compel us to protect or attack, and yet our freedom from suffering lies not in taking revenge, but by giving. By giving understanding, compassion, forgiveness, we ultimately give ourselves the gift of an open loving heart and the chance of healing and moving forward. Speaker: Neil Jordan Neil is a business and mindset coach who has been practising meditation since 2001. He was first introduced to meditation by his Mum who was worried about the destructive path of drink and drugs that he was on. Through a regular meditation practice Neil has been able to transform his life from one of hopelessness to one of purpose. He shares deep knowledge in a very practical way.
Looking After Ourselves | for people living with cancer and their care-givers
DOWNLOAD CHAT BOX SCRIPT: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14w... Books/Music mentioned at the end of the event can be found at: www.inspiredstillness.com The LOVE SURROUNDS YOU Album can be bought here: https://www.inspiredstillness.com/p... A mind, body and spirit event for people living with cancer and their care-givers The diagnosis and treatment of cancer is one of the great challenges that can face us as human beings. It has a huge impact on everyone involved because it brings us face to face with our mortality, often at a time when we least expect it. So what is the best way to face it? How can we care for ourselves in such a manner that we are able to turn a potential tragedy into a triumph? Join us for an afternoon of reflection, insights, tips and tools to help us make the journey through cancer an empowering and rewarding experience. Contributors include: Lernor Findlay, cancer survivor, retired social worker and meditation teacher. Dr Sunil Gupta, Consultant Haemato-oncologist and Clinical Director of Haematology and Cancer at a London hospital. Tessa Guy, Founder of The Diamond Project - a programme of healing and Self-transformation. Damyanti Patel, Cancer survivor and retired nurse with 47 years of nursing, health promotion and developing cancer services. Priti Wasnik, Raja Yoga meditation teacher who has worked with cancer patients in the community