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  • Expand Your Consciousness to Infinity | Expanding Light
    body is now made of light merged with the vast sea of light and space within and all around you Imagine yourself leaving this earth flying upward into the vast blue sky upward further still into outer space toward the dim stars and distant skies lying beyond the eternal still ness of the ether Joyfully leave everything behind you all attachments all that keeps you bound to his world Affirm to yourself I expand my consciousness to embrace infinity The visualization is taken from the book Chakras for Starters by Savitri Simpson http www crystalclarity com product php code BCS This entry was posted in Meditation Meditation Teacher Training Bookmark the permalink Comments Sandra Nix says May 5 2015 at 2 45 pm Auspicious words this day Sat Nam Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Have posts you are interested in sent to you when they are published Help the Expanding Light better serve people About the Author Diksha McCord Minister Counselor Hatha and Raja Yoga Teacher and Director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Posts for Meditation Adriana s Meditation Student Doctor s Experience Teaching Meditation Testimonials for one of our Meditation Teachers Changing One Woman Changed an Office Healing on All Levels How to Find Calmness Teaching Meditation to People with Addictions by Lila Dodge Lessons in Humility and Courage No Need for Wax How to Overcome Nervousness Categories Meditation Meditation Teacher Training Superconscious Living About Expanding Light Nature and Spirit Spiritual Travel Sustainable Living Uncategorized Yoga Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Therapist Training Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November

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  • Spiritual Pledge for Students | Expanding Light
    myself when I have accomplished anything I will act and make myself successful through my own efforts and the power of God in me This entry was posted in Meditation Teacher Training and tagged Inspiration for Your Meditation Teaching meditation yogananda Bookmark the permalink Comments Anandi Gray says February 5 2015 at 3 49 pm So sweet so practical Thank you for sharing this Reply Jackie Hinton says February 5 2015 at 7 19 pm I love this pledge Keep up the good work It gives me inspiration and uplifts me Reply Jan Ray says February 26 2015 at 1 50 am Thanks so much for posting this Love it Reply Sandra Nix says March 3 2015 at 2 08 pm Yoganandaji was a master of love Every word and action he did was in devotion May we lovingly follow his offering Hari Om Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Have posts you are interested in sent to you when they are published Help the Expanding Light better serve people Meditation Teacher Support Center Articles About Meditation Inspiration for Your Teaching Short Stories All Articles Advice Ask a Question Past Questions Answers About the Author Paramhansa Yogananda 1893 1952 is a world renowned spiritual teacher and author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi which was voted by a panel of scholars as one of the 100 best spiritual books of the 20th century Posts for Meditation Teacher Training Adriana s Meditation Student Doctor s Experience Teaching Meditation Testimonials for one of our Meditation Teachers Changing One Woman Changed an Office Healing on All Levels How to Find Calmness Teaching Meditation to People with Addictions by Lila Dodge Lessons in Humility and Courage How

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  • The Tremendous Power of Meditation | Expanding Light
    tremendous flow of energy becomes available That intense energy can lift us into superconsciousness where our inner powers of intuition are fully awakened Deep meditation helps us become aware of realities barely dreamed of And even a little internalization of our consciousness lifts us toward that state and brings great peace Physiologically meditation has been found to reduce stress strengthen the immune system and help regulate many of the body s systems During meditation the breath slows blood pressure and metabolic rates decrease and circulation and detoxification of the blood increase In addition to its physical and mental benefits meditation is first a spiritual art Its purpose is to lead us to the realization that we are one with the Creator We come from God and are made in His image and our hearts are restless until we achieve unity yoga with Him Meditation is the direct pathway to this unified state It is said that the greatness of a culture can be judged by its heroes In the East particularly in India the greatest heroes have always been people of the highest spiritual attainment The West however has lacked a living tradition of meditation passed on from master to disciple There have certainly been great Western saints but usually they have been self taught men and women who had to discover the pathway to mystical union with little or no outside help Moreover they often knew no techniques to channel the enormous inner energy awakened by their intense devotion Without teachers to guide them or techniques to help them their inner energies often became obstructed and many were beset with great physical suffering as a result In a society that didn t understand or encourage sanctity many had to face opposition from their families and even their spiritual superiors Heroes in the West have tended to be more warlike than godlike The practice of meditation has tremendous potential for enriching both our individual lives and our society This entry was posted in Meditation Meditation Teacher Training Bookmark the permalink Comments Pat Wolff says January 11 2015 at 5 50 pm I m so glad this was linked to the ananda org front web page This is such a great reminder and outline for daily practice Thanks Jyotish Blessings Pat Reply PS says January 25 2015 at 11 27 pm Divine Jyotishji I am always touched by your articles blogs and speeches I have been regularly listening and reading the contents at ananda org and have experienced true change in myself over the past few years Daily meditation of even 15 20 minutes has helped me tremendously with the feeling of uniting with the superconscious and has ignited my desire to know the truth and God I agree 110 with this article and urge everyone to start meditating right now Thank you and all the Ananda members for your divine work and frienship Aum Guru Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields

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  • Meditation: Mind Medicine | Expanding Light
    We may also have to prepare ourselves for the empty nest Meditation is like the social worker who comes to retrieve and relocate bratty children such as anger bitterness resentment and delusion We have nurtured and fed these children long enough The nice lady of meditation will come and take our delinquent wayward children away not because we have been negligent caregivers but because we have been too attentive and over protective of them Fortunately we will not stand in the doorway mourning the familial warmth of these wards When these unhappy attachments are taken away as Swami Sri Yukteswar says it will be the funeral of all sorrows This entry was posted in Meditation Bookmark the permalink Comments Phouvang says December 3 2014 at 5 10 pm Thank you Nayaswami Nefretete for sharing this valuable and powerful stuff I very much look forward to that day when I can feel free of the familial warmth of anger bitterness resentment and delusion Blessings to you Phouvang Reply Nayaswami brindey says December 3 2014 at 7 31 pm Thank you Sri Nefretete Keeping the inner house filled with delightful children of divine love peace willingness to serve and the like helps so that there is not room for the wayward children to nest This is a great way to perceive this Blessings on all you do dear friend Reply Prakriti says December 4 2014 at 12 49 am Dear Nefretete Great Blog I love your metaphor of the social worker taking away our bratty children I know that I appreciate the relief when the kid in me gets the first say How and where I go from there is always revealing Thank you for the great article Prakriti Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published

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  • Reflections and Lessons from Teaching Meditation | Expanding Light
    and they seemed to gradually incorporate it With the second group I applied this learning and provided the details about the mantra It was clear that spending more time explaining the mantra was very helpful and there was less resistance to using it I made an MP3 15 minute guided Hong Sau and send it to the students This has greatly increased their practice I didn t send it to the first group until the third class because I wanted them to try it on their own Even though written steps were provided many of them stated they had trouble remembering the steps However when I emailed the guided file to each of them their practice increased greatly I sent the guided file at week 2 to the second group and everyone in the class practiced Hong Sau and many practiced it several times throughout the week Both groups enjoyed the material about the benefits of meditation supported by research They absorbed the information about the brain and limbic system easily For homework I gave them an article to read about various research studies explaining how meditation benefits the brain Both groups discussed a tendency to overthink problems in their lives and to allow life s stressors to bring their energy down They responded positively to the ways in which mediation breathing and posture can assist with lifting the energy in the spine Lighting This was important to both groups Both groups preferred dim lighting It became a joke with the first class because it was brighter than what they wanted at week one so each week I brought in new bulbs for the lamps to achieve just the right lighting On the final class night I got it right The key was a 25 watt bulb This of course was trial and error and I ve learned that asking questions and listening to the group is important The lighting seemed fine to me at the start so I m glad I asked Having a sense of humor about it helped a great deal To adjust for the trial and error process I simply turned off a lamp or two until I achieved the right lighting at the final class Thinking back as I was preparing to announce the class I really wasn t sure who would sign up so I just sent out some notifications about the class to those I thought might be interested and within two days the first class was full with seven students The second class was bigger than the first with nine students I wasn t sure about having nine students in the room but it was just fine Seven to nine students was just right for the size of the room and as a new teacher that number didn t overwhelm me I also found that a small group of students allows for rich discussion Feedback from both classes was uplifting The students were generous with their positive comments Specifically they liked the

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  • Reaching the Mountaintop in Meditation | Expanding Light
    endless shores of my soul The Spirit of God I realized is exhaustless Bliss His body is countless tissues of light A swelling glory within me began to envelop town continents the earth solar and stellar systems tenuous nebulae and floating universes The entire cosmos gently luminous like a city seen afar at night glimmered within the infinitude of my being This superconsciousness level of perception is something attainable by everyone Through the practical techniques of yoga and meditation that Yogananda brought to the West he has made high states of spiritual development accessible to all who sincerely seek them Here are some scientific research articles showing the power of meditation to help us cope with life s challenges and find peace of mind Free the Mind Reveals Power of Meditation Doctor s Orders 20 Minutes Of Meditation twice a Day Free Your Mind Through Meditation New Meditation Research Studies 2010 2012 How Meditation Reduces Anxiety This entry was posted in Meditation Teacher Training and tagged About Meditation Bookmark the permalink Comments Rajesh says June 19 2015 at 4 58 am What you did look so good Unfortunately i m living in the city and no mountain next to me But for sure next holidays i ll go in a mountain area to hike and feel relax Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Have posts you are interested in sent to you when they are published Help the Expanding Light better serve people Meditation Teacher Support Center Articles About Meditation Inspiration for Your Teaching Short Stories All Articles Advice Ask a Question Past Questions Answers About the Author Diksha McCord Minister Counselor Hatha and Raja Yoga Teacher and Director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

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  • Teaching Hong-Sau Technique Correctly | Expanding Light
    any way But interestingly as we practice Hong Sau correctly it takes us to the deeper definition control of the life force This practice of Hong Sau will draw our life force more and more deeply inward to a place of total stillness and freedom from breath It is a thrilling technique This entry was posted in Meditation Teacher Training and tagged Inspiration for Your Meditation Teaching Bookmark the permalink Comments James Swafford says September 9 2014 at 3 38 pm I practice the Hong Sau technique and I agree with you You don t control the breath you watch the breath When you reach that breathless state it feels so peaceful Reply Abhishek Srivastava says June 18 2015 at 9 56 am thank you I want to learn this technique please guide me Reply Nayaswami Diksha says June 18 2015 at 10 08 pm You can learn the basics of meditation by going to this link http www ananda org meditation getting started meditation basics Ananda also offers an online series of meditation classes Please click on this link http www onlinewithananda org mod page view php id 155 You can also go to Ananda org and click on the meditation section to find free information about meditation Blessings Diksha Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Have posts you are interested in sent to you when they are published Help the Expanding Light better serve people Meditation Teacher Support Center Articles About Meditation Inspiration for Your Teaching Short Stories All Articles Advice Ask a Question Past Questions Answers About the Author Diksha McCord Minister Counselor Hatha and Raja Yoga Teacher and Director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Posts for Meditation Teacher Training Adriana

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  • Keshava and Daya Taylor
    while guiding groups in the footsteps of St Francis and on tours of Renaissance cities Daya s passion in her early adult years was solo travel in Asia and Europeâ studying in Switzerland and working in Germany and Japanâ only as long as needed in order to keep travelling Prior to moving to Ananda Village in 1997 she spent 10 years developing a successful food manufacturing business in California At Ananda Village she became a hatha yoga and meditation instructor and founded Treasures Along the Pathâ a subscription talk of the month club of archived talks by Swami Kriyananda Please send us a Question for more information Name Email Staff Teachers Anandi Cornell Badri Matlock Catherine Kairavi Diksha McCord Gyandev McCord Krishnadas LoCicero Maitri Jones Mangala Sue Loper Powers Mantradevi LoCicero Melody Hansen Satyana Willard Trimurti Motyka Uddhava Ramsden Guest Teachers Barbara Bingham Bharat Cornell David Gamow Dayavati Barsic Dr Peter Van Houten Ganesha Jagadeesh Robert Franklin Jyoti Spearin Jyotish and Devi Novak Keshava and Daya Taylor Maria McSweeney Mary Kretzmann Mukti Deranja Naidhruva Rush Nayaswami Devi Nayaswami Jyotish Nicole DeAvilla Nityananda Pranaba and Parvati Hansen Premdas Ghirla Sabari Lester Sahaja Sims Sanjan Thelen Shanta Franklin Shanti Rubenstone Sundara Traymar

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