I am going to be chanting the prayer of Sri Rudram online, once a month, for the next 6 months and the funds raised from it will go to 'Homeless Hope' outreach projects in South Wales . The prayer itself is very healing and soothing and I would like to invite everyone to listen to it.
I have been thinking for a little while how I would love the funds I raise from chanting the Rudram to go towards helping the homeless and then a lady who comes regularly to my Rudram sessions that I run in Swansea (before lockdown) told me of a nurse she knows, Donna Thomas, who has set up foot clinics to treat homeless people with trench foot on the streets as well as teaming up with a couple of other charities which feed people, so it felt perfect to follow this connection. I have recently spoken with Donna and feel so inspired and moved by her story (she was homeless from the age of 9) and the wonderful work she is doing and her vision. There is more information below about 'Homeless Hope' below.
Please donate whatever you can to this important cause via this fundraising page or get in touch if you would rather make a bank transfer or write a cheque.
If you would like to listen to the healing sound of the Rudram, please register here to receive joining instructions : https://www.jnana.yoga/rudram-registration
And please pass on the invite to everyone you know who might enjoy the sacred sound or might want to support this cause. Thank you.
Love, Anna x
More information on Homeless Hope
Homeless hope led by nurse Donna Thomas is a foot clinic for homeless people in Swansea, Newport and Cardiff. Amongst many of the challenges living on the streets trench foot and sore feet can be one of them. As well as treating their feet, she talks and listens to their stories and needs and offers advice and links them to the services that can help. Her aim is to engage the disengaged by doing this street work. She says that often homeless people don't want to engage with the services for reasons of fear, low self-worth , losing their pitches, not feeling respected in the past by staff etc. Doing this work on the street can be a way to break down those barriers and enable people to get the help that they need. She works with the HCT charity in Newport and the Sameera Foundation in Swansea who provide food at her clinics as well as at other times during the week. Her work is engaging other nurses and gathering momentum and interest in other towns and cities. Her vision is that this care can be provided in every city. Her own personal story is inspirational - finding her way off the streets, following her dream of becoming a nurse, despite not being able to read or write properly. Her story and work can be found here:
How the funds will be used
90% of the funds will be divided between the work Donna does – Homeless Hope and the charities she is linked in with - HCT in Newport and Sameera Foundation in Swansea.
Homeless Hope will use funds towards foot health days – medicines, creams, equipment etc. They currently aim to get a generator in time for winter to be able to wash and treat trench foot. They also require a constant supply of socks, footwear and nail cutters. Funding for food, clothes, sleeping bags and personal items is also required on each clinic.
HCT join with Homeless Hope on their street clinic days to feed the homeless. They support street homeless and vulnerable in Newport. They provide food, clothing, personal hygiene and support people into accommodation so the funds will help them providing these services.
Homeless hope join with Sameera foundation in Swansea who provide food on their Swansea clinic days so funds will help them with costs of food.
10% of funds will go towards covering costs of promotion (social media adverts) and production (microphone and stand). All time is given freely.
More information about the prayer of Sri Rudram
The prayer of Sri Rudram is a powerful prayer of healing, transformation, peace and protection. It is very ancient. It was first written down 3500 years ago but was passed down orally for many hundreds of years before that. The Sanskrit words and sound, the precision and rhythm is unlike anything I have heard before. It is beautiful and powerful and is mostly unchanged despite the years that have passed. It is a prayer to overcome your obstacles and to rest in the peace and simplicity of your being – your true nature. It is a prayer of compassion and healing.
Traditionally it has been chanted for communities and people so in this session I am chanting it for you, for your mind, for your peace and for whatever you need and hold.
Chanting it online last month for the first time was wonderful and people shared that it was very intimate to receive it in their homes - more so in some ways than in a room. I recommend that a beautiful and effective way to experience this chant is to make space for yourself, where you can be undisturbed, you can light a candle, lie down or sit with a blanket, however you are most comfortable and rest, be held and bathed in this ancient sound. You can hold a prayer or intention for yourself and for anyone or situation that needs healing. It’s a time to be nourished and receive healing….
The session is 1 hour 15 minutes long. The chant itself is 30 minutes long.
I begin by talking a little about the meaning of the prayer, the nature of the mind and the peace and simplicity that lies beneath all movements, chant, and then we rest in the silence for a little time and I guide a simple meditation. We will finish with a closing song.
Do please share with as many people as you can - even just one person is wonderful as they can have the healing benefits of the Rudram and the money can go to a good cause.
The suggested donation is £10, and, feel absolutely free to offer less if funds are limited, or more, and if you can't afford anything do still join - it is open to everyone.
Last time we had a couple of people in America join so that was wonderful - so if you know of anyone outside of Swansea (as well as in !) who might like to receive it then do let them know.
7 - 8.15pm
If you would like to listen to the prayer and receive joining instructions, please register here : https://www.jnana.yoga/rudram-registration
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