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How Can I Improve My Memory?

Memory is that faculty of the conscious mind which, through the help of the subconscious mind, can recall any past conscious experience. Always awake, the subconscious mind is buried beneath the conscious mind, working during sleep, and constantly memorizing experiences during the state of wakefulness. In order to perform important duties, recall valuable experiences for daily use, one must be … Read More

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How Can I Conquer Anger?

Whenever a desire is obstructed or contradicted, it usually results in anger. If this is the cause of your anger, first find out whether your desire was good or bad. If it was bad, you should be grateful to be released from the possibility of wrong-doing. Always try to be firm, but also calm. To be overcome by anger is … Read More

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How Can I Be Healthy?

The word “food” is usually used in connection with material nourishment, but there are other kinds of food, namely, mental energy (or concentration) and divine wisdom. Material food recharges the body battery; concentration the mind battery; and divine wisdom the soul battery. What distilled water is to a wet battery, food is to the body battery. The life energy in … Read More

Health and Healing

Transcending Suffering

Have you ever gotten food poisoning? After eating out the other week, I was feeling sick to my stomach. When we got home Dharmadevi gave me some Goldenseal tincture which is a healing herb. I’ll spare you the unpleasant details. Suffice it to say even though my soul wanted to march on, my body went down for the count! I hammed up my role as the sick person and jokingly started to seek self-pity. I asked Dharmadevi, “Did you tell …

Health and Healing

Reclaiming our Wholeness with Flower Essences

The Three Qualities of the Universe The ancient yoga teachings stated that the food a person eats affects his state of consciousness. Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the world-renowned Autobiography of a Yogi), in his wide range of teachings, explained that specific spiritual influences are inherent in certain foods. Such influences include cereal for strength of character; beets for martial vigor; … Read More

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Guided Healing Meditation

Mary Kretzmann leads a 36-minute guided meditation for healing. She is a long time meditator and Ananda teacher and guides its healing ministry.

A Place Called Ananda, Health and Healing

Peace and Harmony for the U.S. Elections

As I was leaving my house on Saturday to go for a walk around the pond near my home, I spoke briefly with my landlord. He was sharing his anxiety around the upcoming elections and the “ugliness” that has become more visible in our country as a result. He and his wife were leaving town to assist with a campaign … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Health and Healing

My Name is Gratitude

If I were to choose a spiritual name for myself, it would have to be Gratitude. I started drinking in my early teens. Drugs came later, in the ’60s, just before I turned twenty. All my friends drank, and everything that happened after sundown involved drugs and alcohol. So we were more inclined to play loud music than to play … Read More