Sculpture
Inspiration

Let Us Lift Up Our Hearts

As I write this, I have just downloaded the boarding pass for my flight to California, and — barring any new decisions by our government or my airline — I’ll be on my way tomorrow (Thursday). And, when you read this (Monday), I expect to be on my way back home. We all know about plans, however. “Man plans, God laughs” … Read More

Airport control tower
Inspiration

C-c-c-c-control (with apologies to Bowie)

(In case you’re wondering: This week’s title was inspired by two of David Bowie’s most famous songs, “Changes” and “Space Oddity.”) It’s only been a few weeks since my last trip, yet I’m due to fly to California again later this week for my second visit with family this year. This time, an additional family member is also flying in, … Read More

Sunlit path
Inspiration

New You, New Me

It’s a wrap! “The holidays” are over. After all the gatherings, ceremonies, and exchanges of cards and gifts, we’re putting away all the Christmas regalia, ready to reclaim our living rooms and workspaces. We’ve celebrated Paramhansa Yogananda’s birthday and welcomed three new disciples into the family. Thank you to all who helped make the holidays at Ananda Portland joyful from … Read More

Christmas star in sky
Inspiration

Time to Turn Up the Light

“Turn up the light.” During periods of darkness we all search for more light. Some of us have flashlights in every room in case the power goes out. Children often have to have a night-light on to feel secure enough to fall asleep. Especially at this time of year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), it’s no accident that so … Read More

Christmas trees
Inspiration

Christmas Crafting

I’ve always enjoyed crafts, especially during the Christmas season. Growing up, it was an annual tradition for me to stitch, fold, glue, macramé, paint or otherwise create various small items for decorating or giving as gifts. My mother’s 50-year collection of tree ornaments alone is a testament to the different phases of my crafting career. As an adult, however, different … Read More

Laughing bird
Inspiration

Get the Message?

We all know about the “still, small Voice” of God, the inner knowing that only comes when we are quiet enough to hear it. I’ve heard that still, small voice. I know how it feels to have it reveal itself.… but I confess that, most of the time, the poor Voice is drowned out by the hurly-burly inside my mind. … Read More

Inspiration

Thanks… for Everything

Dear friend, The other day a friend began sharing about her anxiety for an upcoming trip. As with so many folks this time of year, she was traveling to spend the holiday with members of her family, some of whom she had experienced challenging dynamics with since childhood. My friend has several medical degrees, practices meditation and Reiki healing, and … Read More

autumn fog
Inspiration

Going Inward, Living Outward

Several days this past week I’ve woken up to find our street enshrouded in dense fog. This is a common phenomenon around the region as the warmer weather gives way – slowly – to chillier temperatures. Fortunately for me, I rarely have to go anywhere while it’s still foggy out, and my “commute” to the Temple is less than a … Read More

Grassy stairs upward
Inspiration

The Never-Ending Story

I’m a writer. I come from a family of writers. In fact, back in the old country, one of my great-grandmothers was the designated letter-writer for her small village in the early 1900’s, as most of her neighbors were not schooled. For many years my professional life involved researching and writing business and technical papers for various companies. You’d think … Read More