David Eby, Ananda’s Music Director, in a recent talk mentioned and illustrated sympathetic resonance. When there is sufficient harmonic resonance between two strings on an instrument, if you pluck one the other previously passive string will vibrate too. What a lovely illustration of how being in positive environments benefits us.
It can greatly help us in our spiritual growth if we are conscious about where we spend our time. If your current environments don’t set a vibration that your best self responds to, do what you can to get into more supportive surroundings.
There are some musical instruments that are fitted with extra “choirs” of sympathetic strings that provide a sweet supportive surrounding sound to the tones played on the main strings. I think of this as illustrative of the people with whom we associate. When you hit the notes you are striving for – do the people around you hum in tune? It’s one of things I most love about Ananda. When you act as your best self – it is reflected back.
In this short video, Moving to the Spiritual Aspects of Music, David Eby provides additional examples of how this works – in the field of musicians, music, parenting and spiritual life.
Those of you who have been to The Expanding Light know: The people, environment, and programs contribute to an uplifting environment. This having gone on for decades means that the positive vibration is always present.
Hear David & Ben play a composition by Swamiji: Love is Quest for Joy.
Joy to you,
Welcome to The Expanding Light Boutique Online
Most guests who visit the Retreat love the boutique. Maghi’s (Mary’s) eye for beauty is well-known and greatly appreciated. Her taste is reflected in the never-ending supply of new uplifting gifts, beautiful clothing, inspiring books and music, sacred art, the finest meditation and yoga supplies, and a range of other spiritually-oriented and affordable products.
As of Monday, August 8th you can shop at the Boutique from home too! New products will be regularly added to the online store, especially as we build the online inventory, so check in frequently.
Spiritual Renewal Week
begins August 12th
There are still places to stay within minutes of the main campus. At some of these, you can stay as many nights as you wish.
Contact Guest Services now at 1-800-346-5350
Inspiration from The Bhagavad Gita
“Their thoughts engrossed in Me, their beings surrendered to Me, enlightening one another and conversing of Me, they are ever contented and filled with joy.”
From The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita,
Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
Oct 1 - 4
- Use the breath to invoke the Relaxation Response;
- Practice with props you will actually be using in your teaching;
- Learn and student-teach restorative poses that focus on releasing specific physical and mental tensions;
- Guide a restorative routine focused on the chakras;
- Use affirmation, visualization, and music to deepen your students’ practice.
Radiant Health Tip for August
The secret of radiant health and well-being is Even Mindedness
Many people confuse progress with movement and with outward change. Thus, the more dust of excitement they can stir up, the more...