#71 Pranayama, Christmas, and a Fresh Start

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Dear Friend,

‘Tis the season to be jolly, when our days are supposed to be merry and bright, we share good cheer with family, friends, and strangers, help the needy, shop and spend.

But mostly it is a season of light when all cultures and traditions honor the Divine Light by celebrating the return of the sun on the Winter Solstice.

My spiritual teacher, Swami Kriyananda, explains the deeper meaning in Your Sun Sign As a Spiritual Guide:

“Winter is a time of outward stillness. The leaves have fallen from the trees. The sap has ceased to flow. Snow covers much of the land, hushing men’s footsteps, and burying the endlessly varied bushes, trees, and shrubs under an impartial quilt of white. In this season Nature abandons for a time her outward frivolities. Even in warmer climes the air seems charged with an awareness that life is more than gay flowers and laughing brooks, that what truly matters are eternal principles. Winter symbolizes that period in the soul’s growth when the ego, its autumn months of self-questioning finished, seeks fulfillment in relating to broader realities.

“The winter solstice marks the point at which the sun’s influence on man’s consciousness is most “inward.” The loss of ego-consciousness which this solstice implies marks the culmination of Sagittarius’s expansive influence. For Capricorn, it implies only the beginning of a serious search for impersonal realities. “Capricorn, the last of the earth signs, represents earth in its last stages of refinement: the rocks, minerals, and gems into which it condenses over eons of time.

“Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of contraction, of concentration. Saturn’s rulership here suggests great powers of concentration, and an ability to condense amorphous facts into small precious stones of truth.”

I’m tuning into this power of Saturn by taking a week of seclusion and fasting between Christmas and New Years for deeper meditation and pranayama practice, 2021 review and 2022 planning. This is when I outline informative and inspiring content to serve you this next year.

In closing, I want to thank you, my loverly readers, for allowing me to accompany you on your spiritual journey! Thank you from my heart for your support.

May we all together manifest a new consciousness on this earth!
Sending you lots of love and light,
Kamala

Features

Pranayama—Ancient Key to Spiritual Growth
by Nayaswami Kamala
Prana is the subtle energy or life force that pervades the universe. Our prana directly affects our consciousness and how we choose to use this energy can change who we are.
What Is Christ Consciousness?
by Nayaswami Kamala
Many people think Christ Consciousness comes from Christianity. But the truth is that it was known to spiritual adepts long before Jesus Christ and goes by many names in different traditions. The concept of Christ Consciousness needs to be understood as a universal truth.
How to Prepare for Christmas Spiritually
by Paramhansa Yogananda
The True Meaning of Christmas
by Swami Kriyananda
When Your Spiritual Progress Seems Too Slow
by Nayaswami Rambhakta
Start with the Heart
by Nayaswami Jyotish
A New Year is a Beautiful Fresh Start
by Leo Babauta
The beginning of the year is a freeing, exhilarating, magical, time to create yourself anew.
Act Courageous and Don’t Look Back
It can be a scary moment when decide that you are ready to take a step into a new life.
Uncover Your Magical Powers
by Lon
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

Stories from the Heart

Breadcrumbs
by Nayaswami Dharmadevi
Three Questions
by Leo Tolstoy

Practicum

7 Pranayama Techniques: Change Your Breath, Change Your Life
by Nayaswami Gyandev
Working with our breath is the best, most direct way of working with our energy. In this series of eight videos, Nayaswami Gyandev guides us through techniques for alleviating stress, depression, and insomnia; healing emotions; increasing concentration and spiritual power.
God-Remembrance: Affirmation and Prayer for Self-Healing
by Swami Kriyananda
The Noble New
by Paramhansa Yogananda
Breathing in I calm my body …
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Video Chants and Uplifting Music

Polestar of My Life
by Ramesha Nani
Opal Flame
Cloud Colored Christ
by Ramesha Nani
In the Temple of Isis
by
A song to Divine Mother in the form of the Egyptian goddess, Isis. (Inspired by a visit to Aswan, Egypt)
The Promise of Pranayama: Desire My Great Enemy
by Nayaswami Kamala

Columns

Your Spiritual Questions Answered: The Dark Night of the Soul: What It Means and How to Deal With It
by Abbot George Burke
Leading a Good Life
by Marcel van Heijzen

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A Note from Kamala
10 Second Visualization: Imagine all-surrounding, infinitely comforting love.
Poet’s Corner: Only Breath
by Jalaluddin Rumi
Inspiring Quotes to Ponder
Closing Blessing

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