Articles in the Overcoming Adversity Subcategory
I recall a time when I felt like I was being crushed by a certain experience. Then it suddenly occurred to me, “Well, what did you expect? As a devotee, you’ve ‘signed on’ to go through this process, and others like it, to become more spiritual and of course it’s going to be challenging.”
Bill knows that to meet the challenges of Parkinson’s, he needs to raise his physical, mental, and spiritual energy. He believes that miracles do happen and that a recovery from Parkinson’s is a very real possibility. He says, “The key is not to lose hope.”
Illness is often one of the most serious challenges people face and can be a major test. Fifteen years ago, I had a rare, debilitating illness; fatigue, fever, pain and shortness of breath were my constant companions.
The emotional and spiritual challenges of an illness are perhaps even harder than the physical. There’s the temptation to fall into self-pity or to be hurt by other people’s impatience or lack of understanding.
I believed in Yogananda’s path, but was frightened to do the one thing he seemed to suggest above all others—meditate—for fear it would make my situation worse.
To seek happiness outside ourselves is like trying to lasso a cloud. Happiness is not a thing: It is a state of mind.
The death of a parent is never easy to accept, especially when you’re an impressionable 15-year-old shielded from life’s harsh edges.
Living by intuition deepens our spiritual life tremendously, but to do so takes more courage than one might think.
The opportunity to live with other spiritual seekers is a profound blessing. Such was the case with all of us who were touched by the passing of our friend and fellow gurubhai, Vairagi Escobar.
People from all walks of life have testified that it was not Padre Pio’s miracles but his Christ-like presence and deep devotion to God that changed their lives.
When one faces a challenge on any level, what’s important is not the solution but knowing that the guru’s blessings are tangibly at hand.
I became a yoga teacher because my back hurt. At the height of my problems, I had sciatica and pinched nerves that kept me from turning my head in a normal fashion.
To flow with life means being able to adapt to everything that happens. When you live at your center, you can flow with life.
Last year while I was in New Jersey on a lecture tour, Thomas, my host, discussed how his meditation practice had helped him calm a potentially dangerous situation.
Fear is a pernicious problem that shuts down our life-force, and starts a negative cycle that becomes self-reinforcing. Fortunately, there are ways to reverse this cycle.
It is easy for a man to go down a deep, gradually descending subway, but when he tries to climb back out, he finds resistance.
Why forgive one who wrongs you? Because the desire for vengeance is a karmic cage that imprisons both individuals and cultures into enduring suffering.
In his book, Ibu Maluku, Ron shares with us an account of the courage, selflessness and devotion of Jeanne van Diejen, a woman of deep faith who always placed the needs of other before her own.
Initiative is the creative faculty within you, a spark of the Infinite Creator. Always strive to play your part well, and realize that the infinite power of Spirit is with you.
Teresa yearned for a life of solitude, absorbed in divine communion, but her calling was to lead the reform of the Carmelite Order.
In the late ’80s I was driving home one night after giving a program in Sacramento, when Paramhansa Yogananda saved my life.
My outer life is a reflection of my inner thoughts.
“Celebrate!” those were Bella’s last words to her husband and sister before she passed away.
The Living Wisdom School at Ananda Village had been in existence for about a year when something occurred that many people considered a miracle.
Mr. Sham often said: “Mr. Honest, look here, if you will forsake all religious and metaphysical nuttiness, I will give you a financial start and you will then attract riches and friends.”
I’m not going to ask you even to imagine gratitude for what you’re suffering, but I do ask you to suspend judgment for the time being.
Much of our suffering comes from two sources: the force of delusion and our own karma.
Paramhansa Yogananda wrote Whispers from Eternity to show us the attitudes of the soul that draw God’s response to prayers.
Our past difficulties did not come to crush us but to strengthen our determination to use our limitless divine powers to succeed. God wants us to conquer the difficult tests of life and come back to His home of wisdom.