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Online Launch of Values in Healthcare: a spiritual approach (VIHASA), Sunday, 26th March 2023

VIHASA is a modular personal and team development programme designed by the Janki Foundation to support healthcare practitioners. The programme was first launched in 2004 in the UK. Since then the published training manual has been translated into 13 languages and used internationally in over 50 countries. It was delivered as a face to face experiential learning programme. As an addition to the success of the programme, in 2022-23 it was adapted for online delivery.

At the online launch, a total of 225 people attended on Zoom and also viewed the session live on Facebook. People from over 25 countries joined the 90-minute live session. See below for the detailed report and a video of the launch.

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VIHASA Online Project Co-ordinator Team

Thriving in Healthcare film

Can we thrive in today’s healthcare systems?

In a healthcare world where levels of burnout soar, and levels of staff recruitment and retention are lower than ever, what can we learn from those thriving in healthcare work?

This short film interviews 14 health care professionals from all over the world, from CEO’s, to medical students and junior doctors. Here are their tips for thriving and their words of wisdom for others working in healthcare.

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Produced and directed by Dr Julia Ronder. Co-directed, filmed and edited by Mr Louis Norris - Celebrating 25 years of The Janki Foundation.

Care, Share & Inspire – 10th December 2022

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Care, Share and Inspire - Can we thrive in today’s healthcare systems?

A collaborative programme between the Janki Foundation and Brahma Kumaris UK for health and social care professionals.

 

Keynote Speakers | Dialogue | Panel Discussion | Poetry | Meditation | Small-group Conversations

 

Most health and social care professionals identify their compassionate, caring role as their strength and that which gives them a sense of purpose. The events of recent times have unfortunately made many critically examine their vocation, even to the extent of questioning where personal responsibility lies in a system where organisational leadership is struggling. To celebrate both the Janki Foundation’s 25th Anniversary and the ongoing support that Brahma Kumaris provide to healthcare professionals, we explored new models of good practice to enable health and social care professionals and organisations to continue to function effectively, and even to thrive within the current constraints.

 

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JF 25 years of caring, sharing and inspiring

Dr Sarah Eagger, The Janki Foundation (JF) Chair, Sister Jayanti (Additional Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris & NGO representative at the UN), David Goodman and Dr Kala Mistry

A welcome address for this special 25th anniversary event which was jointly hosted by JF and The Brahma Kumaris (BK). The charity was the inspiration of Dadi Janki and its aim was to support the Global Hospital & Research Centre (GHRC) and its affiliated activities in a deprived area of Rajasthan, India. In addition, the charity has done extensive work creating events and publications to support health practitioner wellbeing around the world.

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Inspiring through compassionate leadership

Prof Michael West

An evidence-based approach to transforming the leadership and cultures of our organisations and institutions is desperately needed. By sustaining compassion in human communities, we can cultivate wisdom, humanity, presence and high-quality in all we do. This presentation offers a simple, radical and powerfully effective strategy for change.  It requires leaders to nurture compassion within themselves and across institutions, to support healthier and happier institutions and communities. Leaders at every level must have the courage and authenticity to embody compassion in their leadership now and for the long-term future.

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~Stretch break - Nirmala Ragbir-Day

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Creating a conscious caring culture

Dr Mary Prendergast & Prof Wilfred McSherry in conversation with Chrissie McGinn

The presentations and conversation show how to develop restorative, conscious caring cultures, and how they make a difference to staff, patients and the organisation. If the staff are not cared for in the same way as patients are cared for then it affects the service. Through invitations to pause, reflect, be present to ourselves and to use love, humanity and compassion in our hearts, we preserve human dignity. Following the stresses and trauma experienced during the pandemic, there is a need to replenish and focus on self-care, along with having a sense of being cared for by the organisation.

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~Poem- Dr Rachna Chowla

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Thriving in Health care

A short film produced and directed by Dr Julia Ronder. Co-directed, filmed and edited by Mr Louis Norris.

In a healthcare world where levels of burnout soar, and levels of staff recruitment and retention are lower than ever, what can we learn from those thriving in healthcare work? This short film interviews 14 health care professionals from all over the world, from CEO’s, to medical students and junior doctors. Here are their tips for thriving and their words of wisdom for others working in healthcare.

To watch the introduction of the film – click here

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Courage to follow your heart

Rev Lizzie Hopthrow, Dr Rachna Chowla & Nirmala Ragbir-Day

Panel discussion moderated by Dr Julia Ronder on how to be courageous to find a way, to adequately honour the people you care for and the healing that is needed. We all have choices and to be aware of our choices as well as knowing that transition points and spiritual practices may not be easy. But as soon as you start taking steps to respond to the calling within, the need for change, the restlessness and pain gets altered.

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~Meditation - Rachel Priestman

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Caring, sharing and inspiring ourselves - how to maintain enthusiasm and inner strength. 

Sister Jayanti interviewed by Suja Chandran

We know ourselves, the challenges inside and the weaknesses we are dealing with. Spirituality tells us that within every human being there is goodness. When we meditate the peace, the love, will emerge. When we get slack, we lose touch and there isn’t that experience of self-love.  Supportive routines help to bring stability within a life that’s very busy. When you feel the benefit from something it’s a very good incentive to keep going with it.  Meditation brings immediate benefit, so you enjoy it and move forward with it.

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Celebrating the Janki Foundation’s 25th Anniversary
The Janki Foundation for Spirituality in Healthcare
in collaboration with The Brahma Kumaris (UK)

Courage and Compassion in a Time of Crisis – 31st July 2022

What must it have been like for the medical director of several hospitals and health facilities in one of the poorer regions of India at the time of a pandemic?

In what promises to be a fascinating conversation, Sarah will explore how Covid affected Partap and his colleagues. How did he manage the confusion at the beginning and what were the daily spiritual practices that enabled him to cope as the scale of pandemic and demands on scarce resources escalated in the following months?

Speakers

Dr Sarah Eagger (MB,BS, FRCPsych) is Chair of the Janki Foundation, Retired Consultant psychiatrist Formerly at Imperial College, London.

Dr Partap Midha Medical Director J.Watumull Global Hospital and Research Centre, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India.

 

The Janki Foundation on Youtube.

 

HONOURING LIFE – Hope, Purpose and Newness – 20th March 2022

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

In our final Honouring Life event, we look to the future with an exploration of Hope, Purpose and Newness.

Our speakers together share their vision for an emerging new era – By Sister Jayanti, Deacon Jan Sutton and Dr Sarah Eagger. Moderator – Philippa Blackham

 

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The Janki Foundation on Youtube.

HONOURING LIFE – Losing Hope – 30th January 2022

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all.” — Emily Dickinson

It’s almost impossible to find someone who has not faced a moment of hopelessness in their life. Hope is the light at the end of the dark tunnel of life’s challenges. The journey through the darkness requires faith, courage and strength which act as antidotes to losing hope. Hope’s presence is such a beautiful thing, but what do you do when you find yourself starting to lose hope?

Our speakers share their wisdom and life experience of instilling and sustaining hope – By Maureen Goodman, Lakhbir Legha and Pooja Chandarana.

 

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The Janki Foundation on Youtube.

HONOURING LIFE – The Gift of Life – 12th December 2021

‘We cannot hope to die peacefully if our lives have been full of violence, or if our minds have mostly been agitated by emotions like anger, attachment or fear. So if we wish to die well, we must learn how to live well. Hoping for a peaceful death, we must cultivate peace in our minds, and in our way of life’ – Dalai Lama

 

‘The greatest gift is the gift of Life’ Anon.

 

Our Panelists share their experiences and wisdom in believing in yourself, staying positive and motivated; and in following your dreams – By Cherry Steinberg, Bhavesh Chohan and Natalie Steel.

 

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The Janki Foundation on Youtube.

HONOURING LIFE – Dealing with Loss, Trauma and Grief – 12th September 2021

In the last eighteen months, we have all experienced some form of loss, trauma and grief. As life continues and we learn to cope with our losses, deal with our trauma and go through our grieving process, it is important to continue to honour life.

Our Panelists share their experiences and wisdom in dealing effectively with Loss, Trauma and Grief – By Nina Buchanan, Jane Hine and Rital Patel.

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The Janki Foundation on Youtube.

Happiness: Self Compassion from Within on The Great Big Indian Wellness Show – 17th July 2021

Self-compassion is an inner strength we can cultivate so we face our failings with kindness, patience, and understanding. This talk explored the links between our body, mind, and soul and how, by using our deepest innate, spiritual qualities, we can meet our own pain and suffering with patience kindness, and care. Directing feelings of compassion inwards and learning how to focus our attention and energy on supporting ourselves can become the key tools in self-healing and building resilience.

By Dr Sarah Eagger  on The Great Big Indian Wellness Show 16th -17th July 2021 organized by IGlobal News.

 

The Janki Foundation on Youtube.

Stillness in the Storm – Honouring Dadi Janki and celebrating the first anniversary of the Feel Well-Heal Well Lounge in the USA – 5th June 2021 4pm – 6pm BST

The Janki Foundation on Youtube.

 

Named after the recently published book written by Dr Sarah Eagger and Jan Alcoethis was a powerful online conversation on spirituality and healthcare sponsored by the Brahma Kumaris  www.brahmakumaris.org and Point of Life (USA) www.pointoflife.info, and the Janki Foundation (UK) . The inspiring speakers were Dr Sarah Eagger, Chair of the Janki Foundation, Dr Kala Iyengar, Director of the Peace Village Learning and Retreat Centre in New York,  Merrillyn Hener, Integrative Manual Therapist, Dr Julia Ronder and Dr Shvetank Agarwal.

 

Highlighting today’s much-increased need to overcome stress and fear, the speakers discussed different strategies of coping with challenging situations. Maintaining calmness and self compassion were high on the list, as was the practice of meditation which nurtures the internal power we can all use to heal and sooth ourselves and preserve our energy. Recognising the limits to a person’s energy and the need to preserve it, the speakers also reminded us to practise the art of saying “No” in a polite and positive manner in order to establish boundaries.

 

Dr Iyengar spoke about her experience of Dadi Janki who left the body one year ago, her contributions to spirituality in healthcare, and the  inspirations she took from Dadi’s book, I know how to live and I know how to die.

 

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