A Place Called Ananda, Ananda Writers Group, Meditation, Spiritual Growth

How Meditation Changed My Life

In the summer of 2017, I came across Steve Jobs, the authorized, self-titled biography by Walter Isaacson. Up until that time, I had never read a book that big. The size of the book was formidable but to my surprise, Jobs’ life and Isaacson’s writing were quite captivating. Not only did I read the entire book but I also later … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Ananda Writers Group, Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

Swamiji Guides My Relationships

Before I moved to Ananda, I worked for a fledgling sports magazine, Runner’s World, with its offices in Mountain View on the San Francisco Peninsula. I discovered Ananda and Swamiji in 1974 through his book Cooperative Communities – How to Start Them and Why, found while browsing in a bookstore in nearby Palo Alto. Ananda seemed the answer to a … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Spiritual Growth

Beyond the Pandemic

Every situation of pressure, pain, difficulty, or forceful change in our lives places us at a crossroads. One reaction and possible direction for us to take is to say, “NO! This is bad, unfair, too much!” Unfortunately, this reaction takes us down a gray and rainy road in life. The other path is to say, “YES! I embrace it; this … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Meditation

Finding Time to Meditate

Get up, wake up dear traveler, It is not night anymore. Those who sleep, they lose. One who wakes finds. I remember childhood days when my grandfather woke us by chanting lines from this ancient bhajan. These very words have an answer and incentive for the common dilemma, How can I find the time to meditate? Some may say the … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Meditation

Why Should Children Meditate?

Meditation can have a positive effect on the overall well-being of children. We live in an age of information that can easily overwhelm many adults—but for children, it can be far more stressful, because they have yet to develop the proper coping mechanisms and the aptitude to compartmentalize their emotions in healthy and self-sufficient ways. Meditation can help children become … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Spiritual Growth

Bliss: The Supercure for Addictions

Addiction is often thought of as a disease — a disease that “someone else” has… In essence, the ego is an addict! The ego is the soul identified with the body. All addictions are attachments to things we think will provide happiness and fulfillment for us. An addiction is a compulsion, not a choice. The real toxicity of an addiction … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Guru-Disciple Relationship, Yogananda 100

Master Works in Mysterious, Miraculous Ways 

Paramhansa Yogananda was a monk, yogi, and guru who introduced the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga to the West through his U.S. organization known in the East as the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. Yogananda’s global mission was to spread the teachings and practices of Self-realization to uplift humanity. Yogananda is often referred to as “Master” and he traveled … Read More

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How the West Was (Spiritually) Won by Paramhansa Yogananda

Coming to America America 1920—the Roaring ’20s. The Jazz Age. A time of expansion, rapid social change, new technology, and numerous areas of growth. Words such as yoga, meditation, pranayama, gurus, or kundalini were virtually unknown. Think for a moment about the music of the ’20s, flapper culture and fashion, American women gaining the right to vote, the end of … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Daily Life

How to Use Your Smartphone for Spiritual Growth

We’ve gotten over the excitement of technology — now it’s time to grow beyond the rejection of it and use it to help us spiritually.

Ananda Writers Group, Spiritual Growth, Spiritualizing Relationships

How to Find a Spiritual Relationship and Partner

Ah, love! Is there any other topic that inspires songs, poems, books and other creative works more than love? Such a “rabbit hole” of a topic, just like in Alice in Wonderland, especially when involving spirituality. When one asks the question, “What is God?” the answer can rightly be given as, “God is LOVE.” It’s said also that God is … Read More