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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 62 "Always Go Deep"
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Always Go Deep   
 
 “Always go deep. Don’t dwell on the outward, changing, superficial things in people. You must love the never-changing part of a person, not the superficial parts, then love will not fade. Please don’t put the blame on others. Find out the reason you have allowed yourself to lose your peace. With an undisciplined, uncontrolled mind, you can never understand anything or anybody. Try meditation to cultivate a more balanced mind.

“God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.  Sri Swami Satchidananda

Healthy Eating for the Holidays
By Swami Satchidananda

With Thanksgiving arriving this coming week, just the thought of the dining table laden with savory, aromatic dishes and oh-so-sweet delicacies can tempt us to overindulge. Thankfully, Swami Satchidananda’s wise advice on how to eat can help us to make sattvic choices this holiday season and beyond.
     Know when you eat that all food is God’s body. Your eating should be a sacrifice. When you eat, you should think, “I am eating to gather energy to better serve others.” Whatever you eat, offer it to God and see God in it. Do not accept food from just anybody. Take or eat only from known hands. Never eat when you are tired, in a hurry, or angry. For mental peace, continually sacrifice or give of yourself. For physical peace, have the right food at the right time in the right quantities and with right thinking while you eat. If you think angry or unhappy thoughts when you eat, the food will be poison. Think about why you are eating. If you like, you can even be mentally chewing a mantra while you chew the food. 
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How Gratitude Motivates Us to Become Better People
By Christina Armenta and Sonja Lyubomirsky

Gratitude has become a hot topic in recent years. Celebrities from Oprah to James Taylor to Ariana Huffington have promoted an “attitude of gratitude,” and gratitude journals, hashtags, and challenges have become immensely popular. Much of this enthusiasm has been fueled by research linking gratitude to happiness, health, and stronger relationships. Yet there has been a backlash. Some critics and skeptics have charged that gratitude breeds self-satisfaction and acceptance of the status quo. Several articles, including a New York Times essay by journalist Barbara Ehrenreich, have recently asserted that gratitude may be selfish and self-indulgent, prompting people to feel satisfied with where they are in life rather than pursuing bigger personal goals or working to help others. The author of a piece in the Harvard Crimson argued that gratitude can “act as a form of complacency” and that the indebtedness engendered by gratitude may “get in the way of progress.”  MORE

Swami Satchidananda: Up Close and Personal
A Podcast Interview with Swami Asokananda

This past week, Swami Asokananda, president of the Integral Yoga Institute of New York, was interviewed by Phil Goldberg (author of American Veda) on the "Spirit Matters" podcast. Swami Asokananda became a monk in 1973 under the tutelage of his Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, whom he met at age 19. One of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers, he is known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor. In this interview, Asokanandaji talks about his personal experiences with Swami Satchidananda, his own spiritual path and seva. Listen here.

In Memoriam: Reverend Jnanam MacIsaac

One of Integral Yoga's most beloved founding members, Reverend Jnanam Linda Ann MacIsaac, made her transition on November 15th, in Yogaville. She was an Integral Yoga Minister, the former director of several Integral Yoga Institutes, Satchidananda Ashrams, and Lotus International Tours. After becoming a mother (her daughter is Vani Li MacIsaac)—her most cherished role—she earned her B.A. in English at the University of Virginia. She was an accomplished poet and writer, and she found great joy in selfless service, community volunteering, and as an advocate of interfaith education and understanding. She worked directly with Integral Yoga founder and interfaith pioneer, Swami Satchidananda, in promoting the values of the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS)—the world’s first interfaith shrine and she co-organized the LOTUS Grand Dedication in 1986. A memorial service will be held at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville on Sunday, November 26. In lieu of flowers, Jnanam's request was to “please give to the big flower—LOTUS.”

Meditation in Grief
By Lily Calfee

As I watched Kenny’s pulse flicker and then fade from the side of his neck, I placed my hand on the top of his head and encouraged his spirit to fly out, to leave his green-grey body for better pastures, for a new life. In that moment and those following, I put every ounce of resiliency into wishing him well. My aunt, Kenny’s older sister, is a Buddhist lama. She told me how often, at the moment of death, the dying spirit can be held back by the grief of their loved ones. For the next few weeks, my aunt explained, Kenny’s spirit would be in a liminal realm called bardo: the intermediate space between death and his next rebirth. During this time, it was important for his loved ones to continue encouraging him on his way, rather than calling him back with their grief.  MORE

Lessons I Learnt from my Beautiful Master — Part 1
With Nalanie Chellaram
 
In this video series, Integral Yoga teacher and centre director, Nalanie Chellaram, shares stories of lessons she learned from personal interactions from her spiritual teacher, Sri Swami Satchidananda. In this video, Nalanie tells the story about a visit by her Guru to a potential home that she is going to purchase and the lesson that transpired about negativity.

Gets a New European Home!®Yoga for the Special Child

It's official! Mahadevi, The Roberta Sumar Yoga Centre—the first European Yoga Centre in memory and honor of my daughter, beloved Roberta Sumar—was opened in London by Denisa Sri Devi Nenova! And it is so beautiful! Thank you so very much Sri Devi and may many others come soon, following your example of love and dedication, everywhere!

Announcement from Sonia Sivakami Sumar


I would like to express also, my eternal gratitude to my Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda for all his support to Yoga for the Special Child while still in his physical body. His lovely and shining Presence is forever in our hearts. Jai Guru! Jai Roberta! 
(Photos: View of the centre; the waiting room)
Inspirational Meme of the Week
 

Inside Yogaville

It's that time of year again: preparing for our annual "Christmas in Buckingham" program. For over 35 years, Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville has been providing Christmas cheer to Buckingham County, delivering free food, clothing, and gifts to all those in need. Each November, volunteers (organized by Rev. Saraswati and Swami Sarvaananda) gather a list of names, finds sizes, and send letters to let the potential recipients know that people will be coming to their homes. At Christmastime, Yogaville's Santa and his elves arrive on the doorsteps to deliver this holiday cheer! To support this program, select "Christmas in Buckingham" from the drop-down menu on the donation page to designate your gift to the program. Jai!
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