All Good Things Come from Stillness

This article was one of our most popular posts from years past. It was originally published on April 8, 2013; we hope you enjoy it! 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 … Read More

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

Hidden Potential

Most people meditate for relaxation, stress relief, better health, and calmer emotions. Those who practice meditation regularly with attention, sooner or later will have an experience of superconsciousness. Swami Kriyananda writes: Spiritual advancement is not a question of attaining anything. It is simply a matter of opening wide the door to a state of conscious being that is ours already, … Read More

Contentment: The Golden Note

Happy New Year! Do you find this wish pleasing, if somewhat shallow? Indeed, it’s a common seasonal wish, but one that is often empty of content, a social custom, habitually repeated millions of times over the festive season. Together as Daily Meditators, however, let’s charge these words “Happy New Year” with power and meaning, with intention and truth. 2018 has … Read More

The Promised Land

As a child growing up in Israel in the Jewish faith, I believed that Israel was the Promised Land. In my early twenties, as I started to practice yoga and meditation, I began to question whether the Promised Land was a physical territory. When I became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, studied his teachings and practiced the meditation techniques that … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda looking directly at you

My Soul Will Constantly Hum, Unheard by Any, God, God, God*

Some years ago, our friend Garrett was diagnosed with a glioblastoma tumor on the brain. He underwent a rigorous regime of chemotherapy and radiation which culminated in the administration of a “trial drug.” When it too showed no positive effect, his condition rapidly finished out its destined course. Garrett passed with freedom in his heart and loving surrender to the … Read More

Calmness — A Doorway to Cosmic Consciousness

Calmness is one of the eight manifestations of God that one can experience in meditation. Peace is also an aspect of God, but there is a difference between Peace and Calmness. Paramhansa Yogananda explained the difference in this way: Peace is an early meditative experience. Peace, like weightless waterfall, cleanses the mind of all anxiety and care, bestowing heavenly relief. … Read More

Cooperating with Grace

Our soul is, in reality, free, joyous and powerful spirit. But in our present egoic state – i.e. in which our soul identifies with the body and in which we perceive ourselves as “John” or “Mary” – it is as though we had built an egohouse around our spirit, complete with walls and roof. In this way, it receives much … Read More

New Ananda Meditation App

I’ve just been meditating with Nayaswami Jyotish, the Spiritual Director of Ananda. He led a prayer, played a chant, and guided us into meditation. It felt like he was actually there.

In fact, we weren’t meditating together in person but through the new free Ananda Meditation app. I was watching his meditation video, “Expand Your Consciousness,” one of the 14 already published. (We’ll be adding new meditations every couple of weeks.)

So instead of an inspirational letter this month, we wanted to invite you to try this app. The guided meditations from long-time meditators are the centerpiece, but there’s a lot more that I think you may find valuable.…

Meditation Is the Art of Self-Discovery

When I was a little girl I used to wait at the corner bus stop for the bus that would take me to school. There were buses that took students to grade school, junior high school, and high school. Sometimes the older kids would be talking about their classes, a test, math problems. I used to wonder, with a little … Read More