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The Longing To Be Free

Tips for getting closer to God, by Swami Kriyananda To desire salvation sincerely, even once, is to enter upon the path to eventual freedom. For all desires must be fulfilled. Even so, this one desire, once entrenched in the heart, … Continue reading

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Panic over breath stopping

A commonly asked question about meditation Q: As I practice Hong-Sau, my breath slows down, and sometimes it seems it’s going to stop completely. That’s when I start to get more and more anxious. I feel like I’m going to … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Meditation

The practice of Meditation brings many benefits. One important benefit is healing of the nervous system. Meditation gives peace. Inner peace is like a lubricating oil that enables the machinery of our lives to function smoothly. Without mental peace, our … Continue reading

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25 Days Off the Ground

In January of 2019 my husband, Gyandev, and I traveled to India. He went to northern India to share Ananda Yoga at the Ananda centers in Delhi, Pune and Mumbai, while I headed to the Ayurvedic resort in Kerala, in … Continue reading

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Overcoming Obstacles

 Overcoming Obstacles by becoming an Ananda Yoga teacher As director of the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program at The Expanding Light Retreat, I’m fortunate to meet yoga practitioners of all ages and backgrounds, who have dedicated themselves to a regular … Continue reading

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Activating the Power of Your Higher Self

  Activating the Power of Your Higher Self Spiritual power comes from your center, your heart, your passion, your hopes and dreams, right? Is inner strength, the soul’s higher power, a byproduct of our compassion, kindness, self-control and upright behavior? … Continue reading

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Teaching Meditation at a Retirement Home

  By Nicola Pitt, Alice Springs, Australia Even though I completed the Online Ananda Meditation Teacher Training course last year, I hadn’t put it into practice until the beginning of this year when a few of my colleagues at work … Continue reading

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The Promised Land

Jerusalem, Israel As a child growing up in Israel in the Jewish faith, I believed that Israel was the Promised Land. In my early twenties, as I started to practice yoga and meditation, I began to question whether the Promised … Continue reading

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God’s Zone

What is God’s zone? His zone is superconsciousness. He is Infinite, and the infinite Source of answers to all of life’s challenges. Paramhansa Yogananda said: “God is omnipresent. Man’s soul, made in His image, has in it the seed experience … Continue reading

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Wisdom of The Heart

Painting by Dana Anderson (DanaLynneAndersen.com) Wisdom is the power of the soul to know truth. By thinking with the rational mind, we will not be able to comprehend truth. It is through the heart that we perceive and understand the … Continue reading

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