Spiritual Growth, Spiritualizing Relationships

Mr. New Meditative Year and His Five Notes

It’s just another normal day. But then…. imagine… the doorbell rings. You go to open the door, curious as to who would show up at this late time of the year. To your great surprise, a very special person is standing before you: Mr. New Meditative Year. He smiles at you in greeting and silently hands you a special note. … Read More

Meditation

5 Secrets to Sustain a Daily Meditation Practice

I learned to meditate as a child and my parents are lifelong meditators. I began to take my own practice more seriously when I was 20, but it wasn’t until nine years later that I was really meditating every day. It was an uphill battle, but I can say without hesitation that it has changed my life for the better. … Read More

Meditation, Spiritual Growth, Yoga Philosophy

The Bird of Paradise

The Bird of Paradise On the Wings of Swadhyaya: Self-Study The mystery of suffering Our soul – the essence of our being – consists of pure bliss (sat-chid-ananda), as the great Masters teach us. But do you feel this bliss right now? Probably not. Instead we all suffer, go through hard times and have lives which can be amazingly tough. … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy

Feeling – The Essence of Consciousness

Parmahansa Yogananda explained that there are four aspects to our consciousness: Mon, Buddhi, Ahankara, and Chitta. We perceive with the mind (Mon); define with the intellect (Buddhi); identify personally with the ego (Ahankara); and feel one way or another about things (Chitta). Most people identify their capacity to feel with their emotions and therefore, with the reactive process. The essence … Read More

Meditation

A Failing Meditation Bears Fruit

The following account by Swami Kriyananda holds a number of keys that can turn a fruitless meditation into a joyful experience. Recently I was in Rishikesh, India, where I was meditating and having a period of seclusion. It was a strange time, however. Many people doubt, or even flatly deny, the existence of Satan, but all saints have said that … Read More

Meditation

The Meditation Doctor Will See You Now

In need of spiritual CPR? Or how about just a check-up? In Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training, I learned that sometimes you have to do CPR on your meditation practice, making it a “Constant Process of Re-Inspiration.” When we try something new, or look at our practice from a new angle, it adds fresh life and can make the experience more … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

Wisdom of the Heart

Wisdom is the power of the soul to know truth. By thinking with the rational mind, we will not be able to comprehend truth. It is through the heart that we perceive and understand the deepest truths. As we get in touch with the heart, calm feeling will inspire our thoughts and behavior to right action. Reason tends to analyze, … Read More

Meditation

The Garden of Inner Meditation

Great soul, A fruit tree produces a lot of fruit one year, but only a little the next. Meditation is similar: sometimes it is enjoyable and produces delicious fruit; sometimes there is no fruit, no enjoyment, no inner contact. Yet – fortunately so – even when our meditations are only moderately fruitful, they still produce an abundance of benefits, both … Read More

Spiritual Growth

You Don’t Have to Try

“You don’t have to try” played on the speakers as I sat in the dentist’s chair recently. Although in all fairness the song was about not trying to be someone else, it concerned me to hear those words. Because “You don’t have to try” was the repeated refrain of the song, it seemed to me that these words would be the ones to stick in the mind of the listener and possibly exert a negative influence. I thought to myself how important it is to try—even to try very hard.

Daily Meditator, Meditation

All Good Things Come from Stillness

The Buddhist monk, Godo Nakanishi, once spent several days sitting quietly on a snow-covered mountain. The birds living there noticed him, but fear of humans kept them a safe distance away. As the monk continued to meditate, he became more and more absorbed in the inner silence. Gradually, the wild birds lost their fear and accepted Godo’s presence because of … Read More