After finishing graduate school, I decided to take two weeks of vacation at a yoga ashram in California (dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi). Two weeks quickly turned in to almost eight happy and blessed months. There I learned more than just how to meditate and do yoga, but how to be a better person, to serve others, and to live in more joy despite outer circumstances and the constant changes in life.
Many of us are not fortunate enough to be able to live in an ashram, or even if we can, we cannot stay for long. We have rent, loans, family, or jobs that we have to return to. That is when the inspiration came to me to share ways to bring spirituality into everyday life, based on Yogananda’s universal teachings, which have been a part of my spiritual journey.
May this blog serve as an inspiration and help for you and others to find the inner joy and happiness we are all seeking.
On liberty while in the Marine Corps, I often sought the peace and quiet of a nearby bookstore. There was a small section in the back called “Eastern Religion” that I most often visited. While perusing one day, I discovered the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda which led me also to Swami Kriyananda, his direct disciple, and founder of Ananda World Brotherhood Communities around the world. This stirred me deeply, and was the most important moment of my life. It has given new depth and purpose to everything that I do and was the answer to my lifelong question: How do I find happiness?
These teachings apply to every aspect of life, and can guide us toward just that: A true and lasting happiness; an inner joy that is unconditioned by any outward circumstances. That is what we’re all seeking in some way or another, and that, friend, is what I hope to share.
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