You Are What You Think
Choose Thoughts That Work for You

Learn to choose thoughts that are life-enhancing and that open the door to greater fulfillment in every area of your life.

Don’t be a victim of circumstances. Our thoughts have more power than we realize—both to heal us or to harm us. During this weekend you will:

  • Examine the thoughts currently hypnotizing you
  • Learn how to use brain science for your highest goals
  • Experience redirecting your mind for the best results
  • Choose a positive direction for your thoughts
  • Learn to practice affirmations most effectively
  • Decide to make the "affirmation walk" part of your daily life
  • Learn Yogananda’s effective meditation technique to empower your efforts

Student practicing meditation at The Expanding Light RetreatThis weekend is an ideal opportunity to turn your life in the positive direction of your choice.

“Words that are saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like vibration bombs, which can explode the rocks of difficulties and create the change desired…. Sincere words or affirmations repeated understandingly, feelingly, and willingly are sure to move the omnipresent Cosmic Vibratory Force to render aid in your difficulty.” —Paramhansa Yogananda

3 Tips for Freedom from Negative Thoughts

1. Pay attention to what you habitually think, especially any negative thoughts that repeat themselves automatically.
2. Connect with the power of Spirit within you, which can be accessed for greater success and happiness.
3. Pick a positive thought and take it on a walk: walk briskly, breathe gratefully, and repeat the positive thought continuously with the rhythm of your steps.

Anandi explaining meditation principles



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Nayaswami Anandi

Nayaswami Anandi

Kriyacharya, Ananda Minister, Counselor, Level 2 Meditation Teacher, Raja Yoga Teacher
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Nayaswami Anandi is known for her natural warmth, humor, wisdom, and kindness. Almost since her arrival at Ananda in 1971 as a founding member of Ananda, she has been sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

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You Are What You Think starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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