PROJECT NAME: Meditation at the hospital in times of pandemic.
DESCRIPTION: Meditation practice at the hospital to give support to those on the front lines in times of pandemic.
PEOPLE SERVED: Medical team of the Alcorcón Foundation University Hospital.
STARTING YEAR: 2020
PERSON IN CHARGE: Siri Nidhan Kaur
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Check out the Meditation at the hospital in times of pandemic project, which through meditation practices supported the medical team that was on the front line at the Fundación Alcorcón University Hospital in Spain during the worst time they went through.
Covid-19 has spread to many places and brought many opportunities to review our lifestyle and values. People all over the world are rallying to serve those in need of support and comfort.
At the beginning of the pandemic in late March, the video of a medical team chanting the Ek Ong Kar mantra in a hospital went viral on social media. This medical team works at the Fundación Alcorcón University Hospital, located in the metropolitan area of Madrid, one of the epicenters of the virus in Europe. The meditation was led by Siri Nidhan Kaur, a Kundalini Yoga teacher who also works at this hospital in the imaging diagnostic service.
After this video began circulating on social media, Siri Nidhan was advised to leave the hospital and devote herself to teaching Kundalini Yoga. Her response was: "I don't intend to do that. No. Because this is my workplace. I want to be here and serve, I will continue to offer Kundalini Yoga in the hospital if people want it. I want to offer this service to my co-workers so that they can feel and experience the same as I do and also so they can treat their patients properly."
In our conversation, she shares a little more about this project.
Watch the full video with subtitles above to learn more about who Siri Nidhan is, how she started offering the Kundalini Yoga practice at the hospital, how she made this beautiful seva a reality, and what challenges she has had to face to continue to support others.
Allow yourself to be inspired by her service.
"When you meditate and do Yoga, you place yourself in the position of the patients, you treat them differently."
WHAT DOES SEVA MEAN TO YOU?
"In these moments of the pandemic, when we all need physical, mental, emotional and spiritual help, I realized that we can also do Seva with good will, with the desire to collaborate even when we feel powerless. Serving is an invitation to help and lift each other up. You serve with your presence, with your attitude and respect.
Seva is a compassionate gesture when you greet your coworker who is worried or grumpy. To serve is to smile at a sick person who is suffering. To serve is to get up in the morning and patiently help your children get ready for a new day at school. Seva is a daily attitude, something that happens every day and of which we are not aware because it has become part of us.
Many simple actions can help those around us, and if we see the benefits they produce in others and in ourselves, we will perform them more often.
If I had to define Seva in a few words, it would be: Act, Smile, Give, and Uplift.