HOSPITAL WITH A BIG HEART – May 2017
Organized by Janki Foundation and Brahma Kumaris about this remarkable hospital, and the experiences of medical professionals who started it on a remote mountain in India 25 years ago. The hospital has a unique ethos and has become a haven for healing. It took courage and commitment to see the J Watumull Global Hospital and Research Centre (GHRC), Mt Abu, Rajasthan, grow from a unit with just 40 staff in 1991 into four hospitals, three outpatient clinics, an extensive community health programme and 10 research projects employing a total of 500 staff.
Dr Partap Midha, Medical Director and Trustee of GHRC, a Paediatrician. His understanding of various aspects of healthcare, acquired over 16 years of working in the public health sector, proved invaluable for the hospital.Community medicine has been his passion since his first posting as medical officer at a primary health centre in the late seventies. Dr Midha travels extensively within India and internationally, sharing experiences of the holistic healthcare mandate of the hospital, its outreach programmes, and ongoing research projects.
Sujata Rathi, Co-ordinator of the Wellness Centre and Head of the Dietetics Department, has been a dietitian and fitness advisor at the hospital for over 25 years. Sujata is enthusiastic about healthy lifestyle choices and has worked with groups as well as individuals providing tailored health and fitness programs.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MEDITATION: RESEARCH AND PRACTICE – September 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 shares 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.
YOGA: THE PRACTICE AND THE SCIENCE – May 2016
Professor Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Department shares his insights and research on yoga.
Yoga has become increasingly popular as a way of promoting general fitness, improving mental health, resilience and awareness, and creating a balance between body, mind and spirit. It is highly effective as a preventive practice and it has significant potential as a medical therapy. An ancient practice, it has an integral part to play in today’s society for physical, mental and spiritual health, especially in its promotion of quality of life and life purpose and meaning.
He was later joined in conversation by Maureen Goodman, UK Director of the Brahma Kumaris. This was an event done jointly between the Brahma Kumaris UK and the Janki Foundation.
GOOD NEWS: YOU ARE NOT YOUR BRAIN! – November 2015
The Janki Foundation Lecture 2015 – Neville Hodgkinson reviews science that portrays us as conscious agents who shape material reality – including our brains – rather than material beings who happen to have developed consciousness. A scientific revolution is in the offing, pointing to a post-materialist understanding capable of liberating human hearts and minds from the prison of our former ways of thinking. The old belief system separated us from our higher nature, inducing fear and robbing our lives of meaning. The new understanding points to an almost limitless creative capacity within us – providing we free the heart from past hurts, and stay absorbed in spiritual love.
SPIRITUAL CARE IN EVERY ENCOUNTER – August 2014
Integrating compassion into daily nursing practice. As changes in technology policy and management put an increasing emphasis on process and procedures in nursing and health care, how do we continue to make room for compassion, the ancient human value that calls most nurses into the profession?
LIVING AND DYING WITH DIGNITY AND PEACE – August 2013
Andy Bradley, recognised as one of ‘Britain’s 50 radical thinker’, is passionate about the need for vulnerable people within the social and healthcare system to be met consistently with kindness. He promotes a TEA (Team, Engagement and Achievement) and CAKE Compassion, Attention, kindness and Empathy) approach to the field of care. He asks each person to consider: how would we like to feel at the end of our lives – loved and at peace, or abandoned and lost?
HOPE AND HEALTH? – August 2012
Is hope relevant today? How does hope play a part in modern healthcare? Does spirituality have a role in managing illness and does it inspire hope? How can healthcare professionals impart hope? A panel of healthcare practitioners explore these questions.
WHY SUFFER? – May 2012
A conversation on the nature of pain and suffering. Psychiatrist, Dr Andrew Powell, suggests that both pain and suffering are a catalyst for personal and emotional growth; they can develop compassion and lead to spiritual growth and therefore be valuable experience. Spiritual leader, Dadi Janki, shares that by becoming attuned to spiritual knowledge and staying in the present, suffering is unnecessary; it can be eliminated or removed through understanding. We have a choice in how we live life. Suffering she says is optional!
THE ART & SCIENCE OF COMPASSIONATE CARE – July 2011
Claire Chambers, lecturer at The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, presents findings on compassionate care from her studies into nursing care, student nurse training and patient satisfaction. Is it possible to teach compassion to students in the healthcare professions? “Compassion is the sun that is always there but it often gets clouded by negativity.”
MAKING SPACE FOR SPIRITUALITY – January 2009
In patient care, there is a growing need to take spiritual well-being into account. However, the subject of spirituality is met with resistance or paid lip-service, and little progress has been made… One of the reasons is that few healthcare workers understand what spirituality means and how it differs from religion. At a time when patients feel they have lost control of their lives and they are defined by their illness, the practitioner can help restore a sense of self-value by deep active listening to their story and concerns. Reflections and spiritual solutions are shared in conversation.
UNDERSTANDING THE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE – January 2007
Cardiologist Dr Pim Van Lommel, who has published numerous papers on the topic, explores the phenomenology of Near Death Experience, including common features. In a study of a cardiac unit, almost 20% of patients with cardiac arrest reported NDE, and of these, the majority spoke of a lasting impact on their lives. Typically it led to an increased value for life and how it should be lived, greater spirituality and intuition and an insight into something beyond life. Science is, however, resistant to the concept as it implies life beyond the brain.
THE COMPASSIONATE SURGEON – July 2006
Is surgery a compassionate science? An illustrated talk by David Rosin, consultant surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, and one of the pioneers of ‘keyhole surgery’ and former president of The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). Professor Rosin takes us on a historical tour of surgery; starting with the Worshipful Company of Barbers, the evolution from crude surgery in to a science, to modern day developments and contemporary practise and the juggle between new challenges and clinical demands.
TAKE CARE – January 2006
A seminar, led by Reverend Professor Stephen Wright, a pioneering writer, editor and teacher in the field of spirituality. How can we restore soul and spirit to our work? “Health-care workers need to be part of a working team as a soul community in which members are profoundly aware of each other’s deeper needs, as well as those of patients.”
WISDOM WITHIN DISEASE – January 2005
Looking specifically into the development of ‘new’ illnesses in modern healthcare, Dr Kim Jobst shakes up our preconceived ideas about illness and asks us to contemplate the meaning of illness? Just when science has managed to eradicate several major killers, why have a plethora of new illnesses sprung up? In our race against disease, Dr Jobst argues why modern medicine needs to take a broader perspective. Using her own experience, Dadi Janki illustrates that illness is often a message to go into spiritual silence, let go of superficial anxieties and learn something new; as an opportunity for growth, illness can promote wisdom rather than worry.