A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Community

Power in the Music

Swami Kriyananda has often said that music has the power to change consciousness, and I have always believed that to be true. But there are always new levels of understanding to discover. I have been singing in the Ananda Portland choir now for many years and find that my consciousness is always uplifted when I concentrate on the music written … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Happiness, Health and Healing, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Community, Spirituality and Nature

Discovering Joy

Dear Friends, Writing and posting on this site has been moved up the priority list in my life; I hope to be sharing more regularly with you. Paramhansa Yogananda said we should regulate our lives – approach our days with a sense of order. We also have to flow with life and be willing to change our priorities when circumstances … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth


Reentry – that’s what I call the process of returning to the everyday world after spending some time in a deep spiritual environment. It can be a difficult transition, even painful. I spent 2 weeks at Ananda Village during the 40th anniversary celebration and the 4th of July. Swami Kriyananda returned to the Village during that time, after a long … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

Living the Teachings

I’m always conscious of the fact that living the teachings of Ananda – the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, is an every day, every moment decision. But, sometimes that decision seems to stand out in bright, beautiful contrast to the way most of the rest of the world lives. This is a long blog, but I wanted to share this story … Read More

Clarity Magazine, Spiritual Growth

Letting Go of Fear

When I came onto the spiritual path my life became consciously God-centered. There was a feeling of restfulness and calm as I let go of anxiety about myself.

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

Center Everywhere, Circumference Nowhere

It’s been months since I’ve written. Life is full to overflowing, and every day is a new challenge just to keep up. I’m sure that sounds familiar – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel busy and pressed for time. I have found blessings in busyness though. More than any other time in my life, I feel the horizons of … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Health and Healing, Spiritual Growth

Think Like Swami Kriyananda

I’ve been on this path for almost 30 years and I’m just beginning to realize how much my consciousness has been changed by the teachings of Yogananda and the guidance and influence of Swami Kriyananda. “How would he respond in this situation?” has become part of my thinking, and it is a remarkably easy way to keep myself centered and … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Growth

Always in Class

Dear fellow students, I’ve been teaching at the Living Wisdom School in Portland for about six weeks now. It’s new to me and I’ll admit I was a bit anxious about taking on the challenge. I was told I have all the skills and experience needed to be a good teacher and I would be surrounded by a team of … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Growth

Untouched by Storm or Change

My son is away at camp this week and my daughter is taking swimming lessons. We finished our homeschooling for the year and it seems summer is under way – but my mind is leaping ahead to September and the start of the new school year. It will be a year of changes for us, because I will be leaving … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

20 Years in Portland

Twenty years ago my husband and I welcomed our firstborn into the world, and the Ananda Portland meditation group became a true Ananda “colony”. There may have been other significant events in 1988, but I don’t remember them. As we plan the 20 year anniversary celebration of Ananda Portland, my memories of those growing up years of the colony are … Read More