Lockdown and Mental Health: Meditation and The Sanctuary Experience

Mental healthIn times of lockdown – and hard lockdown, mental health is most important for those living in lockdown – especially hard lockdown. The Brahma Kumaris commumity of Australia has produced a series of meditations which may be of help in bringing peoples to inner stillness. We take a look at The Sanctuary Experience and how it can help people in lockdown.
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Kabbalah for Beginners: Why Study Jewish Mysticism?

Kabbalah and the humanWhile many Jews are familiar with the exoteric, or outer, part of Judaism (e.g. communal prayer, ritual, holiday observance, etc.), the esoteric – inner, deeper part of Judaism – is something that many know little to nothing about. However, thanks to an increased interest in spirituality, meditation, and life’s deeper meaning, many Jews have begun learning more about Kabbalah, Jewish mystical practice.
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The Church of QAnon: Will conspiracy theories form the basis of a new religious movement?

Qanon at a Trump RallyQAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory. It alleges that a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against US President Donald Trump, who is battling against the cabal.[2] The theory also commonly asserts that Trump is planning a day of reckoning known as “The Storm”, when thousands of members of the cabal will be arrested. No part of the theory is based on fact.
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Hindu Scriptures and Practical Living – four goals of life

The Swasti (svaasti in Sanskrit) was mis-appropirated by the Third Reich, turned on an angle, and the energy contained in a 6,000 year old sacred symbol eventually turned against Hitler and the Third Reich. It is the cause of their downfall. It will turn against anyone else who misappropriates it.

The swasti is an ancient symbol of well-being. Hindus and Buddhists have used this symbol for thousands of years. It has been taken to many nations in the unfolding history of Buddhism and Hinduism in other lands.

In this article, we refer to the four arms of the swasti representing the four goals of life, what are called purusharthas in Hinduism.

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Three Sides of the Coin

Three Sides of the Coin


The Week beginning 19 October 2020 is Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2020! Primary Care Connect is providing education sessions, resources and fun facts. Gambling harm affects individuals, families and communities and is often hidden, and the stigma around gambling harm often prevents us from talking openly about harms and supports. You are invited to join Three Sides of the Coin – an online session – on Tuesday, 20 October from 1:30pm.


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Update Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak in Shepparton: Thursday Morning

GV Health

GV Health has tested 492 people for COVID-19 as at 6:00pm today. The testing sites have remained open into the evening beyond the scheduled closing times to accommodate additional demand. This is a large outbreak that has changed quickly over the past 24 hours. GV Health acknowledges there has been delays at our testing sites today and we are sorry this has occurred.

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24-hour helpline for migrant women experiencing domestic and family violence in Australia

Jaspreet SinghA 24-hour helpline for migrant women experiencing domestic and family violence in Australia has been launched by the Harman Foundation. The foundation primarily supports women from the Indian subcontinent in Australia. The new helpline (1800 11 66 75) is free and staffed by trained case managers and professional counsellors.
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Thich Nhat Hanh’s health reported “stable”

Thich Nhat Hanh’s healthThough a number of recent social-media posts indicated that Thich Nhat Hanh, who turns 94 on October 11, had ceased eating, Plum Village reports his health “currently remains stable thanks to the love and care of his medical team and monastic attendants.”
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From the Big Smoke to the Bush: Stories of Migrant Refugee resettlement in regional Australia

From The Big Smoke To The Bush

From The Big Smoke To The Bush “Stories Migrant And Refugee Resettlement” is an online conversation about migrant settlement in rural and regional Australia with several guest speakers, on Thursday, 15 October 2020 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM AEDT.

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Dalai Lama: Global Vision Summit

XIV Dalai LamaLion’s Roar Magazine and Tibet House US are delighted to announce a first-of-its-kind event: The Dalai Lama Global Vision Summit. With the personal endorsement of the Dalai Lama himself, this historic 6-day global summit offers an unprecedented opportunity to experience the Dalai Lama’s example of wisdom, compassion, and visionary insight from an extraordinary panel of 22 Buddhist teachers, spiritual leaders, scientists, and devoted students.

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Nepal: The revered living goddess is not leaving her temple this year

Living God Ganesh

“There would be hundreds of thousands of devotees crowding the courtyard and streets during the festival which would have put so many of them at the risk of getting the coronavirus,” said Kumari’s chief caretaker Gautam Shakya. “We had to stop this centuries-old festival for the first time ever.”

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Mental Health and Farmers

Mental Health Foundation of Australia The Mental Health Foundation Australia cordially invites you to our National Symposium on Farmers Mental Health and Wellbeing. The mental health and wellbeing of Farmers’ is extremely important, not only because of the detrimental effect on Farmers and their families but also the direct impact on the nation’s vital agricultural industry.
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Webinar: The success of the Indigenous health sector during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Marcia Langton AOThe University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, invites you to attend a Public Webinar by Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO, Associate Provost, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Studies Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health followed by a panel discussion.
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Mavericks, Mystics & False Messiahs: Episodes from the Margins of Jewish History

Mavericks, Mystics & False Messiahs

These days being the time of Sukkot & Simchat Torah amid the Jewish High Holidays, we bring you an amusing book review of Mavericks, Mystics & False Messiahs: Episodes from the Margins of Jewish History, for your reading and wonderment.

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Interfaith Meeting

Shepparton Interfaith Network

The next meeting of Shepparton Interfaith Network will be online on Tuesday, 13 October at 5pm. All are welcome.

The meeting will consider interfaith activities which may be delivered for the faith communities of Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley.

Those interested in attending may email the secretary at sheppartonintgerfaith9@gmail.com and the zoom link will be sent out.

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Yom Kippur Explained, for Families with Young Children

Yom Kippur Explained, for Families with Young ChildrenIn this year of Coronavirus, Yom Kippur will be observed on September 27-28, 2020. Much of it will be online, and much of it will be at home. What follows is an explanatory guide for Parents and Children about the rituals of Yom Kippur.
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Book Review: Dear Movies

Book Cover - Dear MoviesIn Dear Movies, Fr Peter Malone writes letters to 102 movies, starting with his introduction to the cinema: Anna Karenina in 1948. The letter device works well, each one approximately 1,000 words. This is an interesting work coming from a movie reviewer who has seen over 6,000 movies and written reviews and books about movies.

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