Author Articles: Nayaswami Diksha

My Nurturing Experience of Ayurvedic Treatments in Kerala, India

Diksha McCord’s account of her 2017, Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala. This was our eleventh year leading a yoga retreat in Kerala, India. Our group of 13 people were wonderful, and open to learn and experience India’s traditional, … Continue reading

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Learning to Breathe

By Ananda Meditation Teacher Graduate, Lori Allen, LCSW, RYT I was first introduced to meditation while trekking in Nepal at age 21. My best adventure buddy and I spent six weeks trekking the Langtang and Annapurna regions of the Himalayas. In … Continue reading

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Letter from Diksha: The power of meditation

The practice of daily meditation is essential for our well-being, and our ability to remain calm and centered in the midst of life’s challenges. I find that even a few minutes of practicing the Hong-Sau technique during the day, and … Continue reading

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Teaching Meditation in High Schools

By Ananda Meditation Teacher grad Susan Wilk According to reports from the American Physiological Association (APA), teens experience stress at levels similar to adults, and at even higher levels during the school year.  From teaching adults, I knew the powerful … Continue reading

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Overcoming Speaking Anxiety

By Ananda Meditation Teacher Beverly Abel, June 2016 Today I started a 4–series class on “Introduction to Meditation” at the library where I work. I had been dreading this a bit, and my stomach was starting to knot up during … Continue reading

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The Joy of Heaven

Swami Kriyananda offered a number of “secrets of meditation.” This one has recently been very helpful to me: “Pray not as an outsider to heaven, but as one whose true home is heaven.” Especially when life is busy and it’s … Continue reading

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Attuning with the Christ Within

In October of 2015 my husband, Gyandev, and I led a pilgrimage to Israel. I had grown up in Israel as a Jew. Now, I hoped to see Israel with a new consciousness that embraced all sincere truth seekers. Before … Continue reading

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Healing on All Levels

Paramhansa Yogananda emphasized the importance of taking care of all parts of ourselves. He said that as mortals we are triune beings and we long for freedom from all varieties of suffering. Our needs are: Healing of bodily diseases Healing … Continue reading

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Make Me a Channel of Thy Peace

This past October 2015, my husband and I led a pilgrimage for The Expanding Light to Israel, with 33 pilgrims. We followed the footsteps of Jesus from his birth to his crucifixion, including, of course, the old city of Jerusalem. … Continue reading

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How to Find Calmness

I have memories from my childhood of getting very excited and happy when my parents took me to the circus. I was happy when summer vacation from school finally arrived, and when we were served ice cream on Saturday afternoon. … Continue reading

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