This post is a continuation of this list of techniques for cultivating calmness in our homes and in our families. As I mentioned in the first post, this is not the typical “quick fix” list of tips but rather tools and skills that can be developed over time to create calmness within and without. They are inspired by the book … Read More
Teaching Meditation to Young Children
With experienced long-time Ananda School teacher Narani Moorhouse.
Living Wisdom School at Ananda Village
Watch this beautiful new video of the Ananda Village Living Wisdom School: We are a child-centered, nonsectarian, consciousness-based private pre-K thru High School nestled in the heart of Ananda Village on the San Juan Ridge. School starts Wednesday, September 4th, so call now to tour our campus and meet our teachers! All are welcome. (530) 478-7640 or visit us at www.livingwisdom.org … Read More
Christmas Story for Children “The Little Donkey”
Watch this beautiful story for children.
How Toddlers Teach Us
The road to the nursery school follows a steep ridge at the western boundary of the village. At the top of that hill, a panoramic view is favored by sunset watchers. In the evenings, star watchers come here to observe the heavens as we spin through space. The interconnectedness of our little lives can be felt in expansive vistas. From … Read More
Growing Up Ananda: How a Bunch of Hippies Got it Right
I was born and raised in a spiritual intentional community. To answer your first question, yes, I loved it. If you google “intentional community” and try to find a glowing testimonial from a child raised in one, you’ll most likely find none. I certainly haven’t. Every article I’ve ever read has been from someone who is coming to grips with … Read More
Generosity is Genetic: The Yoga of Prosperous Parenting
This week my husband and I did our annual budget. With two kids and barely-above-the-poverty-line salaries, this might be a terrifying experience, but for us it is not. For us, our budget is a tangible experience of the Divine; an ongoing testament to the truth that, “a consciousness of abundance, attracts abundance,” as Swami Kriyananda taught. This year we were … Read More
From Tantrums to Treats: Meditation with a Toddler
In a recent conversation with other yogi parents, I had a realization. It had been slowly creeping into my awareness, but now it solidified and it’s importance finally made sense. My spiritual practice affects my children, and if I want them to have a positive association with spirituality, I need to understand how they experience it. This reality began with … Read More
10 Reasons Community Is for Kids!
The final chapter of Paramhansa Yogananda’s spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, finds him walking with his dear friend and first American disciple, Dr. Lewis through his Encinitas Hermitage grounds. Dr. Lewis asks about a construction project underway on the far side of the grounds and Yogananda begins to describe his vision for world brotherhood colonies: In these beautiful surroundings I … Read More
The Taming of Sascha
Here I was, trying to be a peace-loving, sixties-style hippie, but my reception committee was a canine cat killer and a racist. I put the word out about Sascha. John in particular I warned, asking him please to let me know whenever he was coming over.