A Place of Stillness Blog
My spiritual teacher, Swami Kriyananda has said, “There is in each of us a special song to be sung.” From an early age, we intuitively try not to be different or unique. We want to fit into our peer group, fulfill our parent’s aspirations for us, and conform to society’s norms. Eventually, we come to a time in our lives where a deep yearning wells up inside, compelling us to find our singular purpose in this world.
For me, the material world could not satisfy this longing because my individual path was spiritual. My answer was revealed in meditation through my connection with Paramhansa Yogananda, author of "Autobiography of a Yogi," and his unconditional love. When I am at a crossroads, I turn to this love to find my unique direction.
Swami Kriyananda said, “No one will ever be able to sing the song that the Infinite has given you to sing” and this is what we are here to discover. Strive to discover your individual song, embrace your uniqueness and create an exceptional life that will ultimately satisfy the deepest parts of your soul.
Do we make them up? Are they given to us?Have they always been there and are waiting to be discovered?“Ideas are universally rooted,” said Paramhansa Yogananda, and I like that, that makes sense! If ideas are there for us, accessible to all, it is then a matter of how to get to them? Experience has [...]
I learned to meditate as a child and my parents are lifelong meditators. I began to take my own practice more seriously when I was 20, but it wasn’t until nine years later that I was really meditating every day. It was an uphill battle, but I can say without hesitation that it has changed my [...]
The ability to relax the body is the vital first step for meditation.There is a feedback loop between the body and the mind. If the body is tense or restless, the mind will follow, and vice versa. Do you struggle to find a position where your body can be comfortable and relaxed?Watch this video!that offers [...]
I was riding home from town one day on my motorcycle back to Ananda Village in the Sierra Foothills. Winding my way along the curvy canyon road, I found a tension slowly growing in my heart. I started wondering why sometimes motorcycle rides are thrilling and freeing. During these rides, I feel a wondrous connection [...]
The chakra system consists of seven energy centers running along our spine. Each chakra, or energy center, has qualities that are contractive and expansive. We can awaken our chakras and the expansive qualities within them by meditating on them. Chakras are made of energy, and when we meditate on them we give them more energy [...]
We’d like to share a technique and prayer for practicing third eye meditation as our Part 2 to our recent blog. To review, the third eye is our sixth of seven chakras or energy centers in our body where we can tap into higher consciousness. It is located at the point between our eyebrows.Before we [...]
In this first of two installments on third eye meditation, we’d like share with you what happens when you concentrate on the third eye during meditation. In the next installment, we’ll share specific techniques to help guide you through your third eye meditation.Our third eye is the point between our eyebrows and is a place [...]
A mantra is a sacred sound or expression, often in the form of a word or phrase believed to have spiritual power. Mantras can bring about profound benefits when repeated, particularly in meditation. Repeating mantras cultivates a sort of affirmation, allowing the mind to concentrate on the meaning behind the mantra or perhaps the steady effect that [...]
Guided meditation is a form of meditation where someone else, whether in person or through an audio recording, is taking you through your meditation. The purpose of guided meditation is generally to connect the meditator with calmness and clarity that can be found within themselves. Some guides do this by asking you to imagine you [...]