A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Growth

God Is the Doer

A few days ago I got into the car at 5:30am to begin my day of activities. There was a meditation, a meeting, then school and then work at the temple waiting for me. It was dark and cold and my family was still sleeping in the house. The car wouldn’t start. I woke my saintly husband and we problem … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spirituality and Nature

Sharing Nature with High School Students

This year I’ve been teaching a class at Ananda’s Living Wisdom High School entitled, “Sharing Nature Leadership Training.” The Sharing Nature with Children book series was written by Ananda Village member Joseph (Bharat) Cornell and is used in virtually every part of the world. Joseph wrote the Sharing Nature activities to give inspiring nature experiences and to bring participants (both … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

Divine Mother’s Umbrella

I teach science at a public high school in a southern California suburb. This is my third year of teaching and though not a veteran yet, you can say that I have mastered it quite a bit. But I thought I’d share with you some of my experiences as a brand new teacher. While on one hand they did not … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education

Education for Life

Do you feel joy when using your physical skills to learn and grow and experience life? Perhaps you lead with your heart and feel most alive when you are in a beautiful natural setting, or caring for animals or babies. Maybe you live for a challenge – such as tackling a new project, or raising money for a cause or … Read More

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

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education

Living for God…with a Family

Many of you know that I am blessed with a wonderful family. My wife and I have been married seventeen years, and our very dynamic, energetic daughter is 4 years old. They are a great source of joy and inspiration to me. My wife and I have chosen a life of dedication and service to God and Guru, but how … Read More

Clarity Magazine, Coping with Loss, Overcoming Challenging Karma, Parenting and Education

The Death of a Son

The secret gift of the loss of a loved one is that you get catapulted into a world of expansive love. Along with feelings of deep human loss, I have experienced the gift of that boundless love.

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

Living the Teachings

I’m always conscious of the fact that living the teachings of Ananda – the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, is an every day, every moment decision. But, sometimes that decision seems to stand out in bright, beautiful contrast to the way most of the rest of the world lives. This is a long blog, but I wanted to share this story … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Health and Healing, Parenting and Education

Stories of Yogananda – Healing Light from Lahiri Mahasaya

Read the Stories of Yogananda Introduction Mukunda’s parents were deeply devoted to Lahiri Mahasaya. They always kept a beautiful picture of Lahiri on a small altar in their home. Many times Mukunda could be found meditating in front of the altar with his mother. He learned to love Lahiri more and more as the years passed. Often, during his meditations … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

Center Everywhere, Circumference Nowhere

It’s been months since I’ve written. Life is full to overflowing, and every day is a new challenge just to keep up. I’m sure that sounds familiar – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel busy and pressed for time. I have found blessings in busyness though. More than any other time in my life, I feel the horizons of … Read More