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

Yes Moms, Meditation is Service!

I’m a mom, an oldest daughter, a nurse, a teacher, a karma yogi, – any way you look at it, I have “the heart of a servant”, as one friend described me. I am happiest when serving others, I always have been. An attitude of service is helpful when I am in a new situation or I have to speak … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Community

Children Need Divine Friends

Like most parents, I often ponder how I am doing at my job. I realize that even the most sincere efforts by my husband and myself are not enough to do it all – the list of responsibilities is unimaginably long. So if I had to choose one thing to impart to my children, out of all the important life … Read More

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

Sing With Your Children

Music touches people on a deeper level than words alone. The music composed by Swami Kriyananda is written to change consciousness; the experience of listening to, playing, or singing such music goes beyond the sensory experience, into the soul. Being part of the choir at the Ananda Center in Portland has become a vital part of my spiritual practice. I … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Community

Spirituality in Education

“Spiritual education” is still a new concept for most people. Many adults are only too familiar with the superficially related, but fundamentally different term of “religious education.” The indoctrination and coercion embedded in this latter approach drove many people away from any form of religious practice. Their reaction has often resulted in an unwillingness to share any higher principles with … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education

School Begins!

The Ananda Living Wisdom School began last Wednesday, with more than 70 students from preschool through college enrolled! As the music director for the school, they asked me to lead everyone in singing the school theme song, written by Swami Kriyananda, entitled “Sing in the Meadows.” The words and music speak beautifully to what we try to impart: Sing in … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education

Back to School: Ananda’s Education for Life System

Recently, the parent of a first-grader told me how grateful she was for the culture of calm and compassion at our Living Wisdom School. She had just seen her son, on his way to fill his water bottle, turn to a classmate and ask if he can fill her water bottle too. The mom attributed the servicefulness of her 7 … Read More

Parenting and Education

Spiritualizing Family Life

If you pray, “Make my family more spiritual and draw them into oneness with Thee,” this will have a greater impact on them than anything else.