Online Zoom Forum: From Spiritual Needs to Spiritual Fulfilment: Spiritual, Social, and Policy Perspectives.

Date: Wednesday 1 February 2023.
Time: 7pm-9pm (UK time).
Event Description:

Format: There will be four talks, each of 10 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion among the speakers, the chair, and the audience, followed by Q and A.



Sue Cooper:

Bio: Sue is a Nurse with over four decades of nursing experience in clinical care, management, research and health education, a Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher and an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Educator from The Chopra Centre for Well-being led by founder Dr Deepak Chopra.

For over 10 years Sue travelled and explored many natural healing modalities from indigenous cultures around the world, their applications to modern day Self Care and the fusion with scientific research from Health Care. Sue is Founder of MOMM, Moments Of Mass Mindfulness and Self Care World, both are dynamic, volunteer-led initiatives rooted in care and compassion, connection and collaboration and experienced through co-creating compassionate community gatherings, engaging in citizen, business, charity and governance action to raise awareness of mindfulness practices for conscious health and vibrant well-being. Sue will be co-directing Feast for the Soul in January 2023, a 40 day worldwide spiritual practice intensive.

Sue holds many voluntary roles in community, locally, she is a Director of Positively Empowered Kids CIC, Honorary Ambassador to Nottingham Mindfulness Group and Nottinghamshire Hospice and The Lieutenancy Commonwealth Group . Nationally, Sue is a collaborator with The Queens Nursing Institute of Scotland and Peoples Health Alliance and globally, is an Ambassador for The Charter for Compassion


Chanan Tej:

Title: The Buddhist Therapist: An Exploration into Fulfilment of Spiritual Needs through Psychotherapy.

Description: Spiritual needs very often stem from the place of suffering. Why do we suffer? This is the question that we ask when we long to discover a deeper meaning to life.

The Buddha was moved to begin his spiritual quest by the sight of suffering. The realisation of the fact that life is interwoven with suffering can be a starting point for spiritual journey.

Buddhism in general, teaches us about transcending the sorrows of the human mind. There are certain parallels between the work of a therapist and Buddhism. However, talking therapies can only take us so far. For the ego – the mind - to transcend is to have the faith in being held by something bigger. You can call that something bigger the Universe, the Emptiness, or simply a faith in kindness of the awakened Heart.

Bio: Chanan Tej:

• Experienced Buddhist Counsellor and Psychotherapist

• Mindfulness and Spiritual Coach

• Workshops and Retreats Facilitator

• Yoga Teacher

• Gong Player and Healer

• Chanan is a founder of Blue Morpho Edinburgh, a holistic clinic which she runs with her husband

Liza Horan:

Title: Spirituality's Growing Role in the Pursuit of Health and Wellbeing.

Description: "Spirituality" is big business in the West, as the trends of getting grounded, taming the ego and practicing self-care continue to grow. But there are many shades of "spirituality" as seekers (and human resources departments) pursue solutions to the global mental health crisis, preventable disease and the search for meaning and purpose. This talk ponders various definitions of spirituality; highlights its adoption in the workplace, gym and spa; and poses the question, Can spirituality be a secular experience?

Bio: Liza Horan covers the mind-body-spirit movement as editor of and host of The Mindstream Podcast. She's a founding member of the Frontier Journalists' Network, which works to increase coverage of topics surrounding the mysteries of human experience, such as consciousness; and provides strategic communications consulting to organisations including the Scientific & Medical Network, Galileo Commission, Parapsychological Association, and Edinburgh's own Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre.

Dr Martin Williams:

Title: What the World Needs Now is …….. Spiritual Enlightenment.

Description: My talk will attempt to explore the Nature of Enlightenment through Enlightened Spirituality: The Psychology - The Personalities, The Journey and The Fulfilment.

We will touch briefly - all too briefly - on issues such as spiritual awareness and consciousness, enlightenment, joy, love, suffering, Light, healing, wisdom, serenity, acceptance, the disciplined life, prayer, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, Tai Chi, music, rivers, seas, mountains, volcanoes, forests, nature, trees, sunrises, sunsets and rainbows.

We will be influenced by the teachings of the main world religions: Christianity - Judaism - Buddhism - Islam and Quakerism.

We will attempt to explore the nature of spirituality and spiritual enlightenment and how fulfilled spiritual enlightenment might manifest itself.

Bio: Dr Martin Williams is Founder and Director of Ultimate People Empowerment Consultancy (UP).

He has worked in Children’s Homes, Hospitals, Primary and Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities, Fostering and Adoption Agencies, and Charities in UK and abroad.

He has helped to start two Schools for AIDS Orphans in Africa.

He is proud to be on the Board of Father’s Network Scotland.

His interests include: Children and Young People, Psychology and Psychotherapy, Mental Health, Suicide, Trauma, Quakerism, Africa, The Philippines, Food, Nature, Healing, The Mankind Project (MKP), Huggng, The Ukulele, Non - Violence, Mentoring, and finally Peace and Fulfilment.

Lilian Helen Brzoska:

Title: Breath and Nature - from Spiritual Needs to Spiritual Fulfilment.

Description: Breath and Nature, necessary in Dancing Spirit through to honour The Earth. Going beyond the myth of the separate Self, meeting our 21st century Spiritual need for Connection and Collective Trauma Transformation.

Bio: Lilian is a hybrid Scot. She had a Polish father and a native Scottish mother. Her Roman Catholic upbringing, in a happy European Scots family, in Stirling grounded her in Care for Others in a World-with Community. Seeking truth, her exploration of Comparative Religions while working on her emotional and creative fields, through Co-counselling International, led her through Jung and Buddhism to the Findhorn Foundation and thence to the Theosophical Society in Scotland. She is a founder member of Fife Writes, a B.A., qualified teacher of The Arts, and a lover of our vibrant Standing Stone Circles.

NB: There will be no refund if you cancel your booking.


From Spiritual Needs to Spiritual Fulfilment

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