A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Parenting and Education

Musical Gems from a Blessed Month

It has been a blessed month indeed! Here are a few excerpts worth a listen: First, from our Living Wisdom High School Concert on Friday, Dec 11th, a piece by John Rutter titled Mary’s Lullaby.marys-lullaby.mp3 On Saturday, Dec 12th, I led an astounding performance of Swami Kriyananda’s Oratorio, Christ Lives! at Mills College in Oakland, in a beautiful chapel with … Read More

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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

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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

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God God God

Dear friends, Here are a few songs from the evening concert at Swami Kriyananda’s Spiritual Anniversary celebration on September 12 at Ananda Village. The concert included readings from The New Path, Swamiji’s autobiography, and songs written by him over the years. Performance by Swami Kriyananda and Ananda Choir. Enjoy! God, God, God “God, God, God,” poem by Paramhansa Yogananda, music … Read More

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O Master

Here is the recording of O, Master from this morning’s service. Enjoy!o-master.mp3

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Spiritual Renewal Week 2009, Pt.2

This has been an action packed Spiritual Renewal Week. It will take me a few more days to catch up and post photos from the various classes and happenings. What I am posting today is a bit out of order. Yesterday, Friday, Swamiji spoke to a packed house at the amphitheater at The Expanding Light. His talk was so powerful, … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Life Mantra

Dear all – here is the recording of Life Mantra from last night – enjoy!life-mantra-srw-09.mp3

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

The Sacred Art of Singing

What is it that truly happens when we sing? Are we merely creating waves of sound, or is there a deeper, metaphysical aspect that we can explore? For myself, I’m beginning to realize that every time my bow touches the cello, or a note comes out of my throat, I have the opportunity to witness the birth of an energetic … Read More

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July 4th Celebration, part 2

Happy 4th of July. I am posting a collection of photos from yesterday’s (Saturday) celebration of our 40th anniversary and our nations anniversary. We had beautiful songs, yummy food, and great company. Swamiji visited each of the booths that showed the many aspects of Ananda Worldwide. He sang with the choir and also greeted many of the guests personally. I … Read More

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

4th of July Weekend Celebration Pt. 1

Happy Ananda Anniversary! The first day of our three day celebration was lovely. It was so nice to see all of our friends at the morning talk and the evening concert. The morning included talks from 5 different and wonderful speakers. The concert was beautiful. I never get tired of watching the choir members channel this incredible music. Swamiji had … Read More