The Mystic Calling Christmas is a celebration of the heart. The holiday season is a precious moment in the year and is often celebrated with loving family celebrations and reunions, thoughtful exchanges of gifts, beautifully decorated homes and Christmas trees, festive and tasty dinners, joyful carols, hot apple cider, visits to the Christmas market, sparkling lights on the streets, happy … Read More
My path to becoming a daily meditator was a bumpy one. (In fact, it still is! — see How to Meditate with a Newborn Baby.) There are struggles we all have to face, and we all do it our own unique way. So I have a question for you: How did you start meditating? What have been your successes? What … Read More
All over the world in ever-increasing numbers, people find their way to the practice of meditation. They discover how amazingly it increases the quality of their lives. In this article, we will explore what really happens when we meditate, how meditation may impact our lives, and how we can potentially maximize our efforts. Scientific research The effects of meditation have … Read More
What is Kriya Yoga? Paramhansa Yogananda popularized Kriya Yoga through his book, Autobiography of a Yogi, and through his public teaching in the West. According to Yogananda, Kriya Yoga is the most effective meditation technique available to mankind today for reaching the goal of Yoga: union with the Divine. The Kriya Yoga technique is taught by Ananda Sangha Worldwide through initiation … Read More
Satsang with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi at Ananda Mumbai, India.
Only a thief takes without paying for what he gets. And one who accepts a kindness without returning gratitude, as though the kindness were his by right, demeans both the giver and himself. He demeans the giver, because by ingratitude he implies that the kindness was inspired by selfish motives. And he demeans himself, because by giving nothing in return … Read More
When we recently visited the tomb of Mother Teresa in Calcutta, we learned of something she said that is pertinent to all devotees. To spiritualize daily life, it’s not enough to meditate and then become absorbed in the busyness of the day. We need to find a way to bring these three elements — heart, hands, and mind — into everything we do. The … Read More