Beautiful Start to the New Year

Paramhansa Yogananda sends his blessings on World Brotherhood Colonies out into the world. Beverly Hills, California, July 31, 1949

Please be sure to see:  Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas – at ananda.org – for many beautiful and helpful resources for families.

I am offering this  “Advent for Master’s Birthday” a few days ahead of time to give you a head start.  Read through it – keep it simple…I hope to write out the stories for the future because I realize most people won’t comb through the Autobiography of a Yogi looking for stories. Just jump in and wing it this year…Use the stories that come to mind..

Blessing in the New Year to you and your family,

Mary Kretzmann

PS -You can also read more on Yogananda’s birthday by clickinghere:

Birthday Of Paramhansa Yogananda – Jan. 5

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Meaning of the Lord’s Prayer

Meaning of the Lord’s Prayer – by Paramhansa Yogananda

http://www.scribd.com/doc/15906252/Meaning-of-the-Lords-Prayer-by-Paramhansa-Yogananda?in_collection=2323522

Have a blessed Christmas!

I Come in Peace – Bears Large and Small

NOTE – Click on any photo to see it larger

Polar Bear: I come in peace….Unbelievable

Polar Bear: I come in Peace 

Norbert Rosing ‘ s striking images of a wild polar bear coming upon tethered sled dogs in the wilds of Canada’s Hudson Bay.

The Photographer was sure that he was going to see the end of his dogs when the Polar bear wandered in.

It’s hard tobelieve that this polar bear only needed to hug someone!

The Polar Bear
Returned every night that week to play with the dogs.

May you
Always have love to share,
 

Health to spare,

And friends that care

I just loved this…….. ……… …

AT 120 DEGREES IN AUSTRALIA , IT WAS SO HOT FOR A WEEK THAT KOALAS

WERE ASKING PEOPLE FOR WATER. IT’S NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE.

ONE WENT TO A HOUSE TO TRY TO HIDE FROM THE HEAT AND TO GET A BIT OF SHADE AND HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE OWNER GAVE HIM SOMETHING TO DRINK. IT’S REALLY CUTE.

“Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.”

Giving Thanks

As  this special holiday approaches, I find it helps me to help others, especially those less fortunate.

Over this past summer, some friends and I have been helping a group of widows and orphans in Kenya. Because we are a small group – we had to keep the project manageable, so we helped them to acquire some treadle sewing machines, chickens and goats to help support themselves and the children.

This can be an important way of bringing God into your family’s life, too. Below is a photo of the congregation receiving the first 2 goats.

It warms my heart knowing how these simple steps will greatly improve their lives,  and this in turn makes me very grateful for the simple things in my life such as food and shelter and a loving family, and more.

If you want to read more about it, and see more photos, click here:

http://kushona.wordpress.com/category/photos/

If you feel inspired to give a little bit to help with this project, please click here:  Kushona Sisters

http://kushona.wordpress.com/about/

Roses for you and your family!

My friend, Liz,  sent this to me..I loved it so I am passing it along…

Joy!
Mary Kretzmann

“One Rose for Unconditional Love 

 

One Rose For Financial Wealth

One for Everlasting Happiness

Several for Success

One for Knowledge

One for Beauty, inner and outer

Many for Family

One for Honesty

And the last one for a long and healthy life

Remembering 9-11 with beautiful music by Enya

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I remember the shock of 9-11…
I direct a prayer ministry and about 6 AM I got a phone call (I live in California). It was from a local carpenter I know, urgently saying, “There’s some kind of F—ing war on! – a plane just crashed into the World trade Center in New York!”

You know – that language is not in my typical prayer request – but it seemed spot-on for that day. As the days wore on I was impressed that he got the gist of it right from the very first moments – right after the first plane crashed into the tower.

May all of the families who lost someone that day be comforted and blessed….

That first morning – I didn’t have the heart to tell my kids what had happened. I don’t normally listen to morning news – so I didn’t want to break our normal loving serenity. I thought, “They will know soon enough – let’s have one more normal morning.”

And on the next day, September 12, of course life was now different. We all knew… And I understood why, for the first time, that some mothers in France or Belgium or Holland feed chocolate to their children for breakfast. Life is short, life is precious – it can change in an instant. Eat your chocolate now. Celebrate life and love and family now – at the beginning of the day…

So I fed my kids some wonderful chocolate waffles for breakfast (first time ever) …There was a feeling of redeeming the sweetness of life anyway I could… to embrace them and the precious days…each day is so precious…The chocolate is only a symbol that says “Austerity has no place in my feelings for you…I celebrate you as my children and my family…”

And now – years later – I only rarely have a chocolate waffle or crepe for breakfast and I make it with cocoa powder and with mostly stevia so it isn’t really all that decadent. But it still feels like an extravagant celebration of life and love and family – with fresh strawberries on top….

I’ve “always” been on a diet as an adult – but in the three weeks or so after 9-11 – I just didn’t care one bit about those things…

PS – I saw this video and it helped me to tap into the deep feeling to pray once again for those families and souls…But – if your children are young…there is no need to bring them into this…Instead make them a lovely breakfast, and go out and celebrate the day with love and laughter. But in your own heart – give especially deep thanks to God for another beautiful day with your family.

Remembrance – “Only Time”

www.frugalsites.net/911/attack/

Baby Hummingbird

This video shows some amazing footage of a fallen baby hummingbird that was rescued.  It was nursed to health, and fed by the mother hummingbird while being held by Peter Tommerup, of Saratoga CA,  in June 2007

Your children will enjoy this close-up view of one God’s tiniest creatures.   The mother hummingbird is very dedicated, and also trusting , to come so close to human hands in order to feed her baby.