I read a great article by Jyotish Novak this morning. He and his wife Devi are the Spiritual Leaders of the Ananda Communities Worldwide. I am consistently blessed by the wisdom and compassion that they share in their blogs. I recommend signing up for their “Touch of Light” weekly email list by going to Ananda.org
This week has brought forth several opportunities to look at the power of magnetism in my life. I asked myself what am I magnetizing to myself and is it working. I will share my discoveries with you as I go more deeply into expanding awarenesses. The Ananda Community is dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. We dedicate our daily practice of Kriya Yoga with the goal of reaching Self Realization. Our daily lives are actively engaged in conscious meditation, yoga and conscious practices that support us as we live in attunement with High Thinking and Simple Living.
What I have discovered on my spiritual path that it is essential to have a tried and true roadmap to reach a fully awakened consciousness. In Jyotish’s blog he shared 12 qualities that Paramhansa Yogananda, the author of Autobiography of a Yogi, gave us as a roadmap to help us develop twelve Godly qualities as a means of overcoming the ego. They are as follows:
1. Fearlessness and non-attachment
2. Absence of self-conceit
3. Purity of heart: no malice towards others
4. Perseverance (in the acquisition of wisdom and the practice of meditation)
5. Sattwic charity (including helping others materially)
6. Self-restraint (which leads to control of the senses)
7. Freedom from anger and faultfinding
10. Forgiveness, (giving a person a chance to reform)
11. Renunciation (primarily of the heart)
12. Tranquility in the Self
Those are powerful ideas and I certainly have several on this list that I need to work on. Yogananda suggested that we pick one of these qualities (at a time) to focus upon and that makes great sense to me. Feel free to discuss any of these ideas that you like with me. And we will be going more deeply into these 12 qualities in future blog posts. Have a blessed day.
Know that you are Loved, Rev. Barb Walley