When Pain Challenges Daily Meditation

The subject of physical pain oftentimes comes up when sharing with people about their meditation practice.   While each person’s circumstance is very different, a few simple adjustments to our perspective and attitude can make a big difference. “God, let’s do this together.” Swami Kriyananda wrote the following about overcoming pain: “A few years ago I had been working very hard, … Read More

Four Ways to Enjoy Your Meditation

A deep meditation is what all meditators aspire for but often we get stuck in our meditation practice and feel that we not moving forward. In this video Nayaswami Devi shares four simple ways that can help us to deepen our concentration and make our meditation practice more enjoyable.

Does Prayer Do Anything?

First, you must find out what kind of prayers bring a response from God. Some people pray with emotion, which often loses its force in tears, religious dancing, or muscular demonstrations. Emotional prayers result in activity and excitement, but devotional prayers alone bring the calm joy of the soul. Purely intellectual prayers may give intellectual satisfaction, but they do not … Read More

How to Meditate with a Newborn

5:57 am Realizing what time it is, you wake up and take your baby daughter into the living room so that her mother can get some sleep. 6:03 am You start a diaper change while trying to stay awake. Aphorisms pop into mind which you can’t resist sharing with your eight-week-old, an obvious symptom of early-onset dad humor. “Life is … Read More

Which Is More Relaxing: Sleep or Meditation?

We all know that meditation, as well as sleep, are very similar in their benefits. They offer deep relaxation, joy, and a release (if only temporary) from the incessant demands of life. It is perhaps only natural then that we should ask the question: Which of these two — sleep or meditation — offer the better benefit? Let us see what Paramhansa Yogananda has … Read More

Meditation for Kids: The Antidote to Screen Time

Children today are bombarded with an overwhelming amount of media. The average American child consumes a little more than two hours of screen time every. single. day. My kids get screen time, too. I am practical in my idealism and am not a purist about this issue. In the “old days” TV ads were the family nemesis, transforming children into … Read More

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