Oh how we love to bemoan the challenges we face! But we can shift our thinking from believing they are the ‘bad stuff’ or the rough spots in our life - to realizing that they are our opportunity to move along the Path more quickly. It’s hard to move fast when one can’t get good traction.
The Path is our way home, home to reunion with our Creator. Yogananda and Kriyananda have taught us that this is the only Path there is. Sooner or later we will all arrive. If we use the techniques they have given us to raise our energy to meet the challenges, we will find ourselves home more quickly.
We don’t want to wish you more challenges. But we do wish you the grace to face those that surely come with the knowledge that Divine Mother sends us what we most need. The question is what will we do with these opportunities.
Blessings on your journey,
Bring a Friend for Free
2-day weekend: Sep 30 – Oct 2
This weekend you and your friend can enjoy any of the following you'd like and more:
- Twice daily guided Energization Exercises, yoga postures, and meditation
- Instruction in Yogananda’s technique of meditation - invaluable for improving concentration
- Massages at our Center for Radiant Health (at extra charge)
To qualify for this special program, one or both of you must be first-time visitors to The Expanding Light. For more information.
Expanding Light Outreach News
We recently sponsored the Meditation Dome at Wanderlust Festival, the largest outdoor yoga festival in the world. More than 10% of the attendees, about 925 people, took classes in the Dome, most with Ananda teachers. This was a major outreach initiative for the Retreat and very successful!
At the end of August, we will be Silver Sponsors at the SYTAR conference, run by the Association of Yoga Therapists.
In late October, Gyandev McCord will be a keynote speaker at the International Association of Yoga Teachers conference in Indian Wells. We will also have a staffed booth there.
Inspiration from The Bhagavad Gita
“Thus, when Krishna told Arjuna to be a yogi, he didn’t mean necessarily to be Hindu yogi. All those in every religion who sincerely seek God walk the same path, ultimately speaking, for their devotion turns them inward to experience Him. It cannot be otherwise.”
From The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita,
Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda
Welcome to The Expanding Light Boutique Online at www.ananda-boutique.org
We continue to build our 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 in our new online store.
With Beauty Before Me:
National Park Oct 1 - 4 20% off
Experience the serenity and astonishing beauty of Utah’s Zion National Park. With massive canyon walls and Zion Narrows, this area provides one of the most breathtaking adventures in America. Meditation, chanting, yoga, and Sharing Nature Activities will help you to feel the Divine presence more fully. We will share practical meditation techniques with you. There will be extensive hiking.
Your guides will be Sundara Traymar of Sharing Nature Worldwide and Pranavati Sexton. Limited to 12 people!
Inspiration from Swami Kriyananda
God is Solution Oriented
“The more you will bring an intuitive flow into what you're doing, the more you'll find that you don't have to worry that much about it. The practical mind, the conscious mind tells you, oh, I've got to think about all these details because if I don't, who will? Well, God doesn't have to; He just gives you the answers.
“He's so oriented in solution consciousness that He doesn't have to know the problem!
“Realize that there is a certain level of functioning that doesn't require knowledge. You don't have to know all about the shadows to understand the Light. Just keep your mind on the Light more.
“Keep your mind on that intuitive flow! Ask Him to work through you!”
From The "Art of Intuitive Teaching"
by Swami Kriyananda, January 1983
Available from Treasures Along the Path.
We strongly recommend “Treasures,” which delivers the accumulated wisdom of Swamiji over the decades through recorded talks.