Spiritual Teachings

Remember to Self-Forget

I am of a “certain age,” as they say, when memory becomes less reliable. This can be hard to gracefully accept and adjust to. I can recollect as a teen having almost photo recall, when I could bring all kinds of information from storage to speech in an instant. Not so today. I depend to a greater extent on writing … Read More

Spiritual Teachings

Paramhansa Yogananda Knows How to Awaken Your True Potential

You have got to read this book. It is really amazing! And I think that you’re not only going to like it, but completely appreciate all the wisdom it contains. The “Yogananda Wisdom” series are jewels in the crown of all the published works of Ananda. They are small guidebooks on living the Yogic life. The content of each title … Read More

Madhavi Eby, member of Ananda Portland Sangha at the Temple & Teaching Center
Spiritual Teachings

Looking for Balance in an Unbalanced World

I find myself looking for balance often. I wonder about its existence! As a matter of fact, balance has become a bit of a “four-letter word” in my life. Oh sure, right…it’s real, balance. It’s something that I have felt for all of about 4 minutes. Maybe. Nayaswami Jyotish talked about balance or unbalance during the Saturday retreat. It was … Read More

Spiritual Teachings

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Or Try to

(To borrow a phrase.) Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide, were just in Portland for their annual pilgrimage to the Northwest, continuing on to Seattle next. While they were here, one of the many topics they discussed was that of humor or positivity. And reflecting that humor and levity are a good thing. When used appropriately … Read More

Madhavi Eby, member of Ananda Portland Sangha at the Temple & Teaching Center
Spiritual Teachings

When Life Keeps Giving You Lemons! (part 2)

Or Practicing What you Preach So you know that saying, “Just when you think that it could not get any worse….” It does. Molehill (Yup! You know it. Here we go again!) I finished taking a yoga class, and was on my way to the coffee shop. It’s Portland after all, and time for my weekly meeting. Coffee ordered, feeling … Read More