Monthly Archives: July 2014

Teaching Meditation in the Hospital

by Christi Harsono I taught the Ananda Meditation Class at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. It was presented in a package as a part of Integrative Care Program, which included: Future of Health Care Acupressure: Jin Shen Jitsu Aromatherapy; Self-care techniques … Continue reading

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How to Teach Meditation to Children

Author: A graduate of MTT (prefers to remain anonymous). Letter written in 2014 I have been an aid in the school district of a town with a population of about 8500 and with a strong Christian tradition. I mainly work … Continue reading

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Does Everyone at Ananda Get Along?

I work at The Expanding Light Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Ananda Village, a spiritual community. One question that I am often asked by guests is: “Does everyone at Ananda get along? Everyone seems so harmonious.” One of the foundational … Continue reading

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Happiness is Within – The Himalayan Musk Deer

By Paramhansa Yogananda Musk is a kind of valuable, extremely fragrant salve found in the navel of the musk deer, a habitant of the highest Himalayan Hills of India. At a certain age, the ravishing odor of musk secretly oozes … Continue reading

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Directing a Meditation Center in Dent, UK

by Annette Brooke I had the privilege to be asked to become Director of The Meditation Center in Dent, UK in February, 2012.  The Center is a beautiful converted chapel in the Yorkshire Dales. It is run as a charity … Continue reading

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Concentration – The Elephant and the Wooden Stick

In India, the mahoot (elephant trainer), trains the elephant from babyhood to hold a ‘baton’ (a wooden stick) in it’s trunk to keep it from picking up fruits from the marketplace stalls, as it passes through the market. Similarly: to … Continue reading

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How Meditation Changes Your Brain

by Laurie Wolfe People often ask me, “So, what’s with this meditation thing? What does meditating do for you?” People who meditate regularly have experienced the positive effects that mediation can have. Most meditators report feeling an increase in positive … Continue reading

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Starring Role

“You will see that this earth life is just a show. It is nothing but shadows and light!” –Paramhansa Yogananda Yogananda tells us that existence with all its beautiful and unlovely compositions are only pictures that God has painted on … Continue reading

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Feeding Desires

Have you noticed that feeding desires tends to increase those desires?  Does eating a piece of candy really satisfy you – or is what happens that you want more candy? I do better when I resist the initial temptation than … Continue reading

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The Divine Power of God

Meditating on the divine aspect of God as power can be experienced while we are near the ocean. In the past ten years, whenever I’ve been near the ocean, I have made a conscious effort to meditate there and tune … Continue reading

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