December 2013 Newsletter

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Many of us get tangled up on the difference between discrimination and judgment. We want to avoid being judgmental, but sometimes it's hard to know how to make decisions without being judgmental. Is what that person is doing or saying okay? Should I try to do something to correct a certain person or situation? Don't we have to make judgments sometimes?

During lunch at the Retreat today (the day I'm writing this), some of us began to discuss this topic. From that discussion, I realized that if you are feeling a lot of angst, you're probably in the land of judgment.

Discrimination happens without anger, hate, or other disruptive emotions. Discrimination is awareness and clarity about what is going on, and making the best decisions for our own spiritual well-being and the well-being of others in regard to those circumstances.

Swami Kriyananda gave a helpful analogy. He said that in a courtroom guilt or innocence must be decided by the jury. The jury discriminates about what happened. Then the judge assigns punishment for that as needed. To know that what is happening is inappropriate can be useful discrimination. To wish a person ill for doing that action becomes judgment.

Much better than trying to decide if what someone else is doing is good or bad is to send them Love and Light, no matter what. In that Light, judgment can throw no shadow. And our own consciousness stays in a higher place where we can be more discriminating.

Timothy Hickey

Happy Holidays,

Take Care of Yourself

December 13 - 15, 2013

This holiday season, take a little time for yourself - to be sure that you are feeling the love and joy you want to share with others. You'll learn marvelously beneficial practices that will enhance your sharing.

Sharing the Joy: A Christmas Getaway

December 22 - 26, 2013

As an Expanding Light guest, you are welcome to participate in several of the Village's uplifting Christmas traditions. You will feel surrounded by old friends you've just met!

No better place to be!

May your holiday season be filled with joyful miracles! Surround yourself with loving energy in a supportive, spiritual environment. Get in touch with the peace and joy that is the essence of your being.

Inspiration from Swami Kriyananda

The New Path

At some time during that afternoon Master had a vision of the Divine Mother. In an ecstatic state he related Her wishes to many of those present. Some he told to give themselves unreservedly to God. Others he informed that the Cosmic Mother had blessed them specially. And then he spoke to Her directly, out loud, that we might hear at least one side of this blissful dialogue.
Oh, You are so beautiful!” he repeated over and over.

From The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda
by Swami Kriyananada.

Holiday Yoga Getaway

December 27 - 29, 2013


Enjoy an after-Christmas “breather” — literally. With yoga postures, centering breaths, and meditation, you'll reclaim your inner peace and refresh yourself deeply before the coming New Year.
You'll be amazed how restored you'll feel after two days of focused/deep relaxation time.

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus

December 29 - January 2, 2013


This perennial favorite is the perfect way to take stock and inwardly prepare to achieve your goals in 2014 - all in a relaxed, supportive environment with other spiritual seekers. Led by Nyaswamis' Gyandev and Diksha McCord.

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Sharing the Joy: A Christmas Getaway
December 22 – 26

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus
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January 24 – 26  


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December 13 – 15

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First-Timers' Weekend
January 10 – 12

Developing Intuition: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance
January 17 – 19  15% off


Holiday Yoga Getaway
December 27 – 29

Restorative Yoga for Men and Women
January 3 – 5

Spiritualize Your Yoga Practice
January 10 – 12

Spiritual Travel

Ayurvedic Healing Retreat In Kerala, India
February 7 – 14 or 19, 2014

Walking with William the Conqueror, France and UK
June 22 – 29, or July 3, 2014

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Personal Retreat
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The Karma Yoga Program
a unique opportunity to live in a spiritual environment and ashram setting.

Recipe for December

From Vegetarian Cooking
for Health and Vitality

Maple Walnut Pie
Whole wheat crust, vegan crust and non-wheat crust options.

Moving towards Global Peace
A blog from Diksha McCord

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