June 2012 Newsletter

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Coal has value. Diamonds have far more. Both are made of the same stuff. The difference is extreme heat and pressure over time.

Coal and diamonds are both based on carbon. For diamonds to form, the environment must be right. The high heat and pressure must remain quite constant.

Occasionally, diamonds are formed more quickly at sustained meteorite strike sites. The high temperature and pressure produced can be sufficient to form diamonds more quickly.

We are of value. We are on our way to becoming diamonds. Rejoice that we are exposed to extreme pressure - otherwise we'd never get there.

The great ones – the Masters, the Gurus, the Great Teachers – are our meteors. With their intense love, we move more quickly to our higher, diamond-like state.

What an astounding Universe Creation has manifested! Be glad. You are a part of all that is.


Timothy

Timothy





Ananda's Anniversary and
40th Anniversary of Education for Life Schools

3-day weekend

Education for Life class

June 28 - July 1, 2012

Your weekend will include:

  • Orientation led by Ananda's Spiritual Directors, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
  • Keynote talk by Nayaswami Nitai, and talks by Ananda School alumni and their parents
  • Learning Education for Life through Games and Activities
  • Applying Education for Life for Everyone
  • Kirtan led by the Ananda students' White Light Kirtan
  • Swami Kriyananda (health permitting), speaking on the communities movement and Education for Life
  • Talks by Education for Life teachers
  • Videos of Education for Life Schools around the world
  • Sunday Service led by Swami Kriyananda or Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Inspiration from Swami Kriyananda

 Swami Kriyananda

Direct every sorrow upward from your heart to the Christ center between the eyebrows. The more determinedly you raise your consciousness, the closer you will come to understanding that grief is but a delusion, born of egoic separation from your true Self, God.

Bathe your hearts sorrows with the holy, purifying water of devotion. Look upon sorrow as mere dirt - something to be washed away by an intense flow of devotional love, the direction of that flow being ever upward, toward union with your Divine Beloved.

From: Living Wisely, Living Well


Spiritual Travel
with The Expanding Light

Desert meditation scene

Arabian Desert Retreat
Meditate in the Stillness

Nov 28 - Dec 8, 2012

Please join us in this wonderful adventure:

  • Meditate in the profound stillness of the storied Arabian Desert
  • Soak in the magnificent desert sunrise and sunset
  • Ride camels into the desert
  • Experience meditative walks and Ananda Yoga on the dunes
  • Marvel at the exquisite architectural beauty of famous mosques
  • Enjoy sightseeing in Westerner-friendly Dubai
  • Relax in luxury hotels, literally a step away from the dunes
  • Savor delicious Middle Eastern vegetarian meals


Inspiration from Yogananda

 Paramhansa Yogananda

The fundamental instinct for life, then, may be summed up thus: as a desire for continued conscious existence in a state of perpetual enjoyment. For ‘continued existence‘ we may substitute the world, ‘immortality.‘

Thus do all beings reveal their divine nature. For this is what God is: ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new bliss.

The deep-seated craving for eternal bliss manifests itself, first, in the constant effort of all creatures to avoid pain; and second, in their ceaseless struggle to find happiness, or joy

Complexities arise because soul-joy is forgotten, and because people substitute for it the fleeting pleasures of the senses. All things, however, come from Bliss, or God. Eventually, all things must evolve back to that Bliss-state.

From: The Essence of Self-Realization

Crystal Clarity Publishers


How to Love and Be Loved

 Anandi and Diksha

Jun 10 - 15, 2012

Gain the ability to:

  • Heal negative or challenging relationships
  • Communicate more sensitively and truthfully
  • Use your attunement with your higher Self to heal disharmonies
  • Make changes and move forward

Inspiration from
Grandmothers Counsel the World

Depending on our spiritual or religious devotion or our culture, the Divine Feminine may come to us as Shakti, with the electrifying vitality that ignites the flame of life. She may come to us as the Virgin of Guadalupe or the Blessed Mother Mary, whose gentle hearts have an infinite capacity for enduring grief and sorrow, as She comforts the most humble, modest, and often-forgotten of our brothers and sisters. She may manifest as the radiant light being, Tara, Mother of the Victorious Ones whose infinite wisdom fills an infinite sphere. Or Quan Yin, the bodhisattva of infinite compassion.

Her manifestations are not confined by any specific people, place, belief, or time. We meet her in meditation, prayer, and visions, in the person sitting next to us, in our mothers and fathers, in the children we love, and within ourselves. And others meet Her through us.

From: Grandmothers Counsel the World
Trumpeter Books


Yoga Therapy for Back & Joint Pain

 Nicole DeAvilla teaching

Jun 22 - 24, 2012

Therapeutic yoga can help to:

  • relieve pain
  • increase strength
  • increase flexibility and range of motion in all of your joints
  • reduce the risk of re-injury



   

This is a SAMPLING of
upcoming programs.

See Calendar for complete
program listings for the year.


Personal Retreat
- almost any time, for as long as you wish


Special Events      

Jun 28 – Jul 1
Ananda's Anniversary and
40th Anniversary of
Education for Life Schools

Aug 19 – 26
Spiritual Renewal Week



Teacher Training  

Jul 6 – 15
Meditation Teacher Training

Jul 15 – Aug 12
Ananda Yoga® Teacher
Training

Jul 22 – 28
The Essence of the Yoga Sutras

Sep 12 – 16
Spiritual Counselor Training



Meditation      

Jun  15 –  17
Jul  13 –  15
Learn How to Meditate

Aug  10 –  12
Communing with AUM -
Advanced Practices



Spiritual Growth    

Jun 17 – 22
Jul 6 – 8
First-Timers’ Week / Weekend

Jul 1 – 6
Education for Life Training

Jul 20 – 22
How to Be Happy All the Time

Jul 22 – 28
The Essence of the Yoga Sutras

Jul 27 – 29
Magnetism: The Power to
Attract What You Need



Yoga  

Jun 10 – 16
Principles of Yoga Therapy

Jun 16 – 24
Musculoskeletal Yoga Therapy

Jun 23 – 29
Higher Teachings of Yoga
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Jul 17 – 19
Ananda Chair Yoga

Jul 29 – Aug 5
Advanced Pranayama



Holistic Health      

Jun 22 – 24
How to Live with More Energy!



International

Oct 5 – 24, 2012
In the footsteps of the Masters:
Pilgrimage to India



Spiritual Creativity

Jun 15 – 17
Art and Writing with Spirit
For Women

Jul 8 – 13
Creativity and Your Chakras

Aug 10 – 12
Mandalas for Creativity and Healing



     See calendar for
      complete listings.



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