Thursday, July 30, 2009

6 things to change your consciousness...

This was posted on the blog "The Divine Within"

Here is today's Yogi Bhajan quote on changing your consciousness:

"Six things must change in the human if he or she wants to change their consciousness: longing, destiny, the path to your destiny, eating habits, what you wear, and social behaviour."

What a beautiful quote right? But, what does it mean? Let's break this down into bite-size pieces:

Longing - What do you desire? - Do you desire permanent happiness or short-term happiness? If it's permanent then you will look inside for that happiness, otherwise you will look outside. Inside is permanent, outside is temporary.

Destiny - What is your purpose in life? - There is usually one thing in your life that truly inspires you and you never get tired of it, that is usually your purpose in life.

Path to your destiny - How are you going to fulfil this purpose? - After you've found a purpose, there are things you need to start doing on a daily basis to fulfil or achieve that purpose. There also may be things you need to stop doing to achieve that purpose.

Eating habits - How do you eat? Not what do you eat, but how. Do you eat with grace, care and respect for the privilege of being able to eat at all today when others go hungry? Do you bless your food before you eat, or just dive in like an instinctual animal?

What you wear - How do you dress? Do you dress with the thought that you want to impress others, or do you dress with the thought that you wish to create and spread more grace in this world?

Social behaviour - How do you act? How do you act around your parents, family members, friends, people you know very little and people you don't know at all? Is there a humility to the way you listen and speak to other people? Do you recognise that the other person is you and there is no difference between who you know and who you don't know? Can you overcome your own insecurity and speak to people who you know and don't know with equal grace, respect, dignity and divinity for who they are and for who they're not?

From the above, I've formulated my own little plan to develop my consciousness:
Longing - I'm committed to achieving a permanent state of happiness, I long to see the feet of God
Destiny - My destiny is to see other people fulfilled, and in their fulfillment, I shall be fulfilled
Path to your destiny - Become a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and a professional counsellor/psychotherapist, run personal development workshops
Eating habits - Need to take more time whilst eating, not to rush
What you wear - Ordinary clothes and bana, but bana is more beautiful and graceful and I wish to wear it more often
Social behaviours - Need to be more meditatively calm when people say negative comments
Anyone have any other thoughts/comments? I would love to hear them =).Sat Naam!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Solar Eclipse

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Here are some pictures of the solar eclipse at Sri Harminder Sahib.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


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I have finally finished uploading and writing about most of the events that the PG Sikh Youth Society has organized or participated in since last May of 2008 . Enjoy:)

First of all I would like to thank Waheguru and Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji for answering our prayers, and have helped us get to heights we never thought were possible.

We would also like to thank people who have supported and donated to us over the past year. Without your contributions we would not have been able to do these programs and activities.

Amrit Vela Pictures- pictures by Navpreet

Diabetes Event June 28

Diabetes Event

PG Sikh Youth Society recently organized a seminar on diabetes held at UNBC on June 28, 2009. Canadian Diabetes Association was instrumental in helping finance this event. The seminar was aimed at Indo-Canadians. Guest speakers, including Dr. Mann, explained Diabetes, its cause, and its effect on the body in Punjabi, while Manpreet Kaur Sidhu and Dale Dhillon translated the presentation into English. In this way both youth and seniors could understand what was going on. The main goal was to encourage people to live healthier by eating a well balanced diet and by exercising regularly, in order to reduce the complications associated with diabetes or to prevent diabetes altogether. Many seniors had a lot of questions, and Dr. Mann explained the answers fully. There was a friendly and positive atmosphere, where everyone felt welcome to discuss health problems. The MC for this program was Sarbjot (Sunny) Singh Kullar, who also volunteered in bringing this event together. Prince George Sikh Youth Society would like to thank all of the volunteers that helped at this event, and also thank Boyanne from the Canadian Diabetes Association for making this event possible. We would also like to thank Devi Parsad, the nurse coordinator at UNBC, for organizing a blood pressure check-up at the seminar.

Devi Parsad, Sarbjot Singh Kullar, Manpreet Kaur Sidhu, Navpreet Kaur Sidhu, Boyanne, Dr. Mann, Dale Dhillon.

Diabetes Display
Guest Speakers doing presentations.

Youth of the Year twice!

Manpreet Kaur is the vice-president here at the Prince Goerge Sikh Youth Society and she has been recently honored by being named both Prince George Youth of the Year and Canada Day Youth Award. Here are some press releases and pictures.

Press Release- Sidhu Wins Youth Award
Prince George Free Press

Manpreet Kaur Sidhu is ahead of her time. She took part in the Head Start program at UNBC which allowed her to complete a university course during her final year of high school. If all goes according to plan, Sidhu, 17, will enter UNBC this fall and plans a future in medicine. On June 15, Sidhu was named Youth of the Year 2009 at a city council meeting where Mayor Dan Rogers presented her with a plaque and spoke of her many accomplishments.

“Manpreet is an outstanding young woman who has not only achieved high standards academically but has also reached out to the community as an active volunteer. The Youth of the Year Award is well-deserved.”

In a City of Prince George press release, recreation coordinator Cheryl Livingstone-Leman said Sidhu understands the value of living a balanced life, and part of that for her is giving back to the community.

“She is bright, energetic, compassionate and always willing to lend a hand. She is mature beyond her years and is a very positive role model for youth of all ages.”

The Grade 12 College Heights Secondary school student achieved a 97 per cent average in Grade 11 and has given her time to several local organizations. She has volunteered at The Exploration Place as a Science Alliance Leader helping children aged 6 to 12 learn about and enjoy science. At school, she volunteered as a tutor for Grade 9 students and through her efforts, the students she helped improved their grades.

Sidhu is what some might call a “well-rounded” student with many interests. She volunteers with Prince George Sikh Youth Society, the Canadian Diabetes Association, PHRH, Community Policing, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Punjabi Canadian Seniors Society and IMMS. She’s also involved with Smart Growth on the Ground and the Fraser Basin Council. Her special interest is in bridging the gap between the older Indo-Canadian population and younger generation.

Sidhu speaks English, French and Punjabi and volunteers every Sunday to teach young children the Punjabi language and pass on cultural traditions. In her spare time, she enjoys sports and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Prince George citizen
Busy volunteer wins youth of year award
Written by Christine Skorepa
Citizen staff
Friday, 12 June 2009

Manpreet Kaur Sidhu, whose average was 97 per cent in Grade 11 and is now in Grade 12 at College Heights secondary, is focusing her energy on the Indo-Canadian youth and how to engage them in volunteerism.
"I want to encourage youth involvement in the community," said Sidhu. "I want to empower the youth to make a difference in the community, because they really can."
Recently she helped organize a seminar on gang violence, and her youth group donated blankets to the Elizabeth Fry Society, stuffed animals to the pediatrics department at the hospital and also helped raise funds for the playground there too.
Sidhu said she volunteers with the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Prince George Sikh Youth Society, PGRH, community policing, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Punjabi Canadian Seniors society, the Immigrant and Multicultural Society, the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Society, as well as the Smart Growth on the Ground program and the Fraser Basin Council.
"I plan to stay in Prince George because I love it here," said Sidhu. "I will go to UNBC for my bachelor of science and then on to medical school to be a doctor. I want to go to different countries to help people then settle in Prince George. I am very connected to the community."
Sidhu is also a black belt in tae kwon-do.
Next on her list is a seminar entitled Living Well with Diabetes to be held on June 28 at UNBC from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be two guest speakers and she said she will say a few words, too

Manpreet was also the Canada Youth of the Year and was presented the award by Shirley Gratton on Canada Day. She represents PGSYS and is helping get the word out on our society and its mission and goals.

Manpreet and her teachers/principal from College Heights Secondary School

Manpreet with MLA Shirley Bond and MLA Pat Bell

All of the Volunteers recgonized

Manpreet being presented the award from Mayor Dan Rogers and Councillor Garth Frizzell.

Manpreet being presented with Canada Day Youth Award by Shirley Gratton at the Canada's Day Event at Fort George Park

Board of Director Baljit Sethi of Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society with Manpreet


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On April 26 the PG Sikh Youth Society got recognized with the "Youth of the Year" Award by the Canadian Diabetes Association. PG Sikh Youth Society has been working with the Canadian Diabetes Association to help educate Indo-Canadians about diabetes in a language that they can understand. A committee of Indo-Canadian community leaders was also formed last fall to discuss ways to decrease the prevalence of diabetes among Indo-Canadians. Punjabi people are more likely to be affected by diabetes, partly owing to our more sedentary lifestyle and the increased use of butter and sugar in our food. Recognizing the problem and forming the committee was the first step in tackling this issue.

Prince George Sikh Youth Members with members of the Canadian Diabetes Association

Picture Taken by Citizen Staff Member

In a world filled with junk food, I think there is really one thing to say, "Healthier foods make you feel better." Loading yourself up with sugar, coffee, butter and processed foods puts stress on your body and ultimately slows you down. I have returned many times from the gurdwara to feel bloated and unable to concentrate. In fact, I have often fell asleep after langar, which is a sign that my body is processing too much fat. The only way we can really control diabetes is if we eat healthy foods ourselves and set an example for others.


.... funny video

Members getting the word out....

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Manpreet Kaur is the vice-president here at PGSYS. She has been fortunate enough to represent PGSYS and work with the Prince George City Council and other committees and to represent PGSYS at these events.
In May 2009, Prince George City held a charette to create a plan to improve the downtown of the city. Manpreet represented the youth in this 4-day event and helped bring ideas on what the youth would want in downtown at the brainstorming sessions. She also made presentations about youth engagement and the Youth 20/20 Consensus Report (created from an event she attended in 2008) during the charrette, and spoke a few words at the final public presentation of the charrette about her experience on the team.

Manpreet working with others at the charrette


Here are also some pictures from the Community Policing Appreciation Dinner. Here volunteers for Community Policing, including Manpreet Kaur, were recgonized for their efforts.

Manpreet Kaur was also involved with the Fraser Basin Council, which works on sustainability issues. She participated in an event in July 2008 called Imagine Prince George: Youth 20/20 Vision, in which youth developed a future vision for Prince George. She traveled to Vancouver to be a part of BC Youth Congress: Youth Uniting for Sustainability 2009, and also gave presentations to City Council (as part of the Smart Growth event). Manpreet also made a presentation at one of the City Council meetings about the importance of youth involvement in decision-making, as well as some of the findings and her experience from the BC Youth Congress event. At all of these events Manpreet Kaur represented the PGSYS and youth in general, brought her ideas to the meetings and brainstorming sessions, and also made presentations and speeches about making changes that will benefit the youth.
Here are some pictures from Smart Growth in Vancouver

We are proud that she represents PG Sikh Youth Society.

Navpreet has also attended research conferences, including Rising Stars of Reaserch, held at UBC, where she was named as one of Canada’s top young researchers. For more visit previous posts of August.

Donating Blankets

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In March 2009, the PG Sikh Youth Society donated thirty blankets to the Elizabeth Fry Society. The Elizabeth Fry Society provides shelter and counseling, as well as other services to women and their children in their time of need. These blankets would be given to women in the shelter. Some are mothers with children, some are moving into new homes, and some can't go back to their own homes because it is unsafe. We found this to be a very important project to show our appreciation to this vital society in Prince George as well as to give a small gift to women who are going through a rough patch in their lives. Little things can make a difference.

Picture By Prince George Citizen Staff Member

PG Sikh Youth Members with staff of Elizabeth Fry Society

Donating to Paediatrics

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PG Sikh Youth Society is fortunate enough to occasionally donate stuffed animals to the paediatrics ward at the Prince George Regional Hospital. We have done it three times now, and from what I have heard, the kids/patients really seem to enjoy them. Usually a patient will get a stuffed animal near the end of their stay. A few of our members are Junior volunteers and volunteer at the hospital once a week for two hours. In this time we help with various duties such as cleaning toys and well as getting to interact with the patients.

I have had to visit family members in the hospital at times in my life, as many of us have had to do. One can only imagine how hard it must be to have an illness and live in the hospital. It must be even harder for kids, who should be carefree and be playing. Any little thing, like a new stuffed animal, would help the children and their parents pass through tough times. That is what we are trying to do when we give stuffed toys.

The Paediatrics ward is working on a new project for the kids, an outdoor playground. This is a great idea. It will help young patients visiting the hospital get more active, which will help them get healthier and feel better sooner. It will help them remember something about the hospital other than the needles, exams, doctors, X-rays etc.

On March 29, 2009 the PG Sikh Youth donated 1150$ to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to go towards the outdoor playground. Members fundraised money.

Showing compassion towards others and helping each other out is what Sikhism is all about.

PG Sikh Youth members donating to Pediatrics Ward at the Prince George Regional Hospital

Blood Drive

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Sikh Nation usually holds a blood drive in November in remembrance of the events that happened with the Sikhs in 1984. We also do a blood drive here in Prince George, under the team name of “Sikh Nation” in November. Many youth come to save lives by donating their blood at the Canadian Blood Services. Here are some pictures

Here are some pictures...

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PG Sikh Youth Members with MLA Shirley Bond and MLA Pat Bell

Members fundraising at UNBC



PG Sikh Youth Society is fortunate enough to volunteer and network with various organizations, such as the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Blood Services, Canadian Cancer Society, Punjabi Canadian Seniors Society, Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Society, Elizabeth Fry Society, Prince George Regional Hospital, and Immigrant and Multicultural Society.

Some of our members have been volunteering with Canadian Diabetes Assoc, to help adovocate information on diabetes and prevent it from increasing, especially in the Indo-Canadian population.

PGSYS members also volunteer for the Canadian Diabetes Association and give out information on diabetes in a way to prevent diabetes from increasing in Indo-Canadian/South Asian people.

Here are some pictures from the Healthier You Expo hosted by the BC government and Immigrant and Multicultural Heritage Society. PGSYS members volunteered at the Expo and also attended the dinner.

Members at a Diabetes Booth.