September 17

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Celebrating Teachers day, Education Day event followed by mediation at the Bramakumari retreat centre. What a way to end the week.

Om Shanti Retreat Centre

Om Shanti Retreat Centre

What a wonderful way to celebrate Teachers day. In the morning all the Navjyoti staff from the two offices nearby went to see a wonderful Hindi movie “Mary Kom”….well worth seeing as it a true story about a woman boxer. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. A very powerful story and it showed anything is possible if you have the determination and the stamina to work hard to achieve the goal. After the movie, everyone from both the offices returned back to the office and we had more celebrations. The students surprised the teachers by giving them a cake to celebrate the day.   This was then followed by group activities (which was great as a team building event too) and then dancing with the students. A few days later, there was a huge event “Education Day”. Over 100 teachers attended this very inspirational and informative day. Kiran Bedi, founder of the Navjyoti India Foundation attended along with some key note speakers. The afternoon was followed by presentation of certificates to students who have completed their courses and also certificates of recognition (e.g. best student etc.) to existing students. It was truly a very inspiring day and wonderful to meet with Kiran Bedi herself.

Celebration of Teachers day...a party with students

Celebration of Teachers day…a party with students

Teachers Day...students surprised the Teachers with a cake to celebrate

Teachers Day…students surprised the Teachers with a cake to celebrate

 Jayshree and Hitesh Punia, PULSE 2014 volunteers with Kiran Bedi, founder of Navjyoti India Foundation

Jayshree and Hitesh Punia, PULSE 2014 volunteers with Kiran Bedi, founder of Navjyoti India Foundation

Education Day event

Education Day event

Friday and Saturday the staff from the whole of the Navjyoti India Foundation (about 70 people from 5 sites around Delhi) attended a two day meditation day at the Om Shanti BramaKumari Retreat centre. The centre is set in a peaceful location. A 5:30 morning start for me as the bus was leaving from near my residence and after picking people up from various locations along the route, we reached the site about 9:30 where breakfast was waiting for us. I was hungry by then and enjoyed the meal. Over the two days we had lectures on meditation, how to overcome stress and anger, learned about empathy, living a healthy lifestyle, nutrition and health, played games. It really was a wonderful couple of days but I was very tired as it was a long and hot journey back on the rickety bus. Definitely worth a visit back at some point with perhaps my family. I think a lot could be learned with listening to the lectures and I think it may be worth arranging a session at GSK by one of the Om Shanti teachers when I get back. So much of the material was about changing behaviours starting from oneself and applicable to all.

Om Shanti Retreat Centre - Navjyoti Staff Group Photo

Om Shanti Retreat Centre – Navjyoti Staff Group Photo