Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Secret of Happiness, An Ode to Right Attitude

Presented By Nayaswami Gyandev at Spiritual Renewal Week The Secret of Happiness An Ode to Right Attitude, by Nayaswami Gyandev Ah, sweet happiness, so often sought In places and ways where it simply is not: In people and things and … Continue reading

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The Joy of Now

  This past week featured an annual highlight at Ananda and at The Expanding Light: Spiritual Renewal Week. A tradition established in the early years of Ananda by Swami Kriyananda, Spiritual Renewal Week (aka SRW) is packed with inspirational classes, … Continue reading

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Teaching Hong-Sau Technique Correctly

Some teachers misunderstand Hong-Sau and miss its subtlety and power. Hong-Sau helps us develop concentration by observing the natural movement of the breath. We want to let the breath flow without controlling it in any way—not trying to breathe diaphragmatically, … Continue reading

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Exercising in a Calm, Yogic Way

I recently ran in a 6-mile race in Santa Cruz with my husband, daughter, and son-in-law.  I usually jog more than run, so I didn’t even try to keep up with my husband, who is a marathon runner. Luckily, my … Continue reading

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That’s the Spirit!!

We all go through tough times in our lives—the important thing is how we respond to them. I had a great lesson in this during my early years at Ananda, I had been at Ananda Village a couple of years … Continue reading

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Wandering Mind

While thinking recently—probably during meditation, unfortunately—about how to stop my mind from wandering during meditation, I recalled Swami Kriyananda’s advice in his book, Affirmations for Self-Healing: Concentration should not involve mental strain. When you really want something, it is difficult … Continue reading

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I am afraid to go breathless in meditation

The Essence of Self-Realization “Master,” said a disciple, “I am afraid to go breathless in meditation. What can I do to overcome this limitation?” “What you are facing is a normal obstacle on the path,” replied Yogananda. “’False notion,’ it … Continue reading

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