Have a blessed Christmas –
From our family to yours…
Love in Him,
Mary & Tim
PS. Peter, in the maroon shirt, is our son…
The Christ Child’s Asleep – song by Swami Kriyananda
A lot of people look for this article that I wrote some time ago – so I thought I would post it again here in this scribd format
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,
PS -You can also read more on Yogananda’s birthday by clickinghere:
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Meaning of the Lord’s Prayer – by Paramhansa Yogananda
Have a blessed Christmas!
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”
This simple but beautiful video can help you and your children send healing energy to the Gulf of Mexico:
You can learn more about teaching your children to pray by reading my chapter on “Prayer and Devotion”