Spiritual Growth

25 Days Off the Ground

In January of 2019, my husband Gyandev and I traveled to India. He went to northern India to share Ananda Yoga at the Ananda centers in Delhi, Pune, and Mumbai while I headed to the Ayurvedic resort in Kerala in southern India. We were to lead a tour group on an Ayurvedic Healing Retreat at the resort and I was … Read More

Spirituality and Science

Meditation: Neuroscience Shows How It Can Change Your Life for the Better

When you feel stressed out, easily angered or anxious, even depressed, and hear that meditation or a retreat can help, do you wonder if the benefits of meditation are real? A study by the University of California at Davis published this year in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement shows that regular meditators going on an intensive meditation retreat were better able to … Read More

Spiritual Growth, Spiritualizing Relationships

Easter with the Holy Grail

Swami Kriyananda in his 2012 Easter message offered an inspiring challenge to us: “Easter is a reminder, once a year – more than New Year, when you make resolutions which most people break within a few hours – to tell yourself: ‘As Christ resurrected himself, I want to resurrect myself. Whatever I have been, whatever faults I have had, whatever … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Coping with Loss, Yoga Philosophy

The Stunning Mystery: What Happens After Death?

eath is one of life’s most profound mysteries. It is often surrounded by intense fear, a sense of irreparable loss, and heartbreaking grief. We are confronted with the dark abyss of the unknown when we are unexpectedly confronted by death. In that moment of grief and loss we may wonder, “What happens now? What happens after death and what has … Read More

Thank You, God

Gaze Upon This Light

A burning candle, offered on the altar of our devotion, symbolizes the luminous presence of God’s love, the descent of His light into our little human lives. As celebrants during the Festival of Light, as we gaze reverently at the candle’s flame, we pray to know God, to choose Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength — God alone. It … Read More