There is a place in the Westlands area of Nairobi called ‘Ashram’. It is a home for elderly people, who have no other place to go in their twilight years.
Lotus Healing Seva Group, Kenya, came to know about this place from a friend Kanwaljeet Mahajan, who is also a friend of the Ashram. She asked us to visit the home to give Reiki to the residents of the place. Ever ready to spread Reiki, we took up the invitation, and within 2 weeks Mamta Advani, Monica Gokaldas and I went to the place, to familiarize ourselves with the residents and their needs, leading to us starting a weekly Reiki healing schedule starting in September for the residents, the cook, the care taker, and the house help.
As the weeks went by, they reported feeling better, calmer, lighter, sleeping better, and generally feeling very good. No surprises here! But we also came to realize that they are lonely people. They loved our company. They looked forwards to our visits every week, and chatted with us as we gave them Reiki.
So, Pratima Parihar LHSG Kenya came up with a wonderful idea of bringing some joy in their lives by making their Divali (17th October) Special. But due to certain issues in our country Kenya, and one of the residents being hospitalized, this event had to be postponed till 1st November.
The program started with LHSG’s sevaks Pratima Dutt, Bindi Shah and I giving Reiki to the people. We then played the ‘passing the parcel’ game with them. We were not sure how this would go …. but to our happy surprise, they loved it …… you will see it from the way they participated in the videos ….. When the music stopped, the one with the cushion (parcel) in his / her hand had to sing a song / say a prayer / a joke …… They loved this part too and contributed by singing a bhajan or prayer with sincere devotion!
The next ‘game’ was trying to light as many candles as possible with one matchstick. Each one had a go … and everybody had fun counting loudly each time a candle was lit!
After that we gave them gifts … the men each received ‘a mala’ (prayer beads) and the ladies each a pack of nail polish and lipstick. They were overwhelmed with the gift and very grateful!
A nutritious Indian lunch from a restaurant which had been ordered by LHSG followed next. After serving them, we sat down at the table with them and had the meal together
On another note, one of the residents, Mansukhbhai had been using Ho’oponopono (taught by to him by Pratima) for the last couple of months between himself and his sons. In the video below, he shares his experience (in Gujarati) of using this Hawaiian Forgiveness Techinique. Please do watch his video …. It will touch your heart as he relates what happened …. note the catch in his voice along with the joy and the accompanying tears (behind the glasses) as he relates how his son and daughter in law called him up after 2 years!
Nutan, the cook also shares her experience in Gujarati of how much positive difference Reiki has made in her life!
Our next plan is to teach all of these lovely people Reiki and to help them plant trees in their compound.
Thank you for reading this post!
Love and Light to all!
LHSG Founder Member
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Video: Games and Lunch