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by Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

I was reflecting on how it had been such an unusually stressful afternoon that I could have easily keeled over with a heart attack. Yet I knew my current job was exactly what God wanted of me. I had hung in there and seen to it that each patient received the proper treatment. As much as possible, I had acted with the sense that God was the Doer. That was a victory.

by Diksha McCord (Stories of Grace)

Inwardly I asked Yogananda whether I should try hang gliding and was surprised to feel his stamp of approval in my heart. I tried to visualize myself hang gliding high above the ground—and the fear returned. Nevertheless, I decided to try it.

by Patricia Kirby (Biography)

Amidst great physical abuse and suffering, John wrote to a brother monk: “Where you don’t find love, put love and you will find it.”

by Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)

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.”

by Kent Baughman (Spiritual Practices, Yoga and Science)

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.”

by Bharat Cornell (Spiritual Development)

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.

by Nalini Graeber (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

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.

by Nabha Cosley (Spiritual Practices)

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.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

To seek happiness outside ourselves is like trying to lasso a cloud. Happiness is not a thing: It is a state of mind.

by Valerie Putney (Stories of Grace)

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.

by Anandi Cornell (Stories of Grace)

Living by intuition deepens our spiritual life tremendously, but to do so takes more courage than one might think.

by Nalini Graeber (Stories of Grace)

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.

by John Lenti (Biography, Stories of Grace)

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.

by Durga Smallen (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

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.

by Nicole DeAvilla Whiting (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Yoga and Science)

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.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Swami Kriyananda)

To flow with life means being able to adapt to everything that happens. When you live at your center, you can flow with life.

by Bharat Cornell (Spiritual Practices)

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.

by Jyotish and Devi Novak (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

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.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritualizing Daily Life)

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.

by Jyotish and Devi Novak (Spiritual Practices)

Why forgive one who wrongs you? Because the desire for vengeance is a karmic cage that imprisons both individuals and cultures into enduring suffering.

by Ron Heynneman (Biography)

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.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

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.

by John Lenti (Biography, Stories of Grace)

Teresa yearned for a life of solitude, absorbed in divine communion, but her calling was to lead the reform of the Carmelite Order.

by Bharat Cornell (Stories of Grace)

In the late ’80s I was driving home one night after giving a program in Sacramento, when Paramhansa Yogananda saved my life.

by Swami Kriyananda (Swami Kriyananda)

My outer life is a reflection of my inner thoughts.

by Nayaswami Devarshi (Stories of Grace)

“Celebrate!” those were Bella’s last words to her husband and sister before she passed away.

by Nitai Deranja (Stories of Grace)

The Living Wisdom School at Ananda Village had been in existence for about a year when something occurred that many people considered a miracle.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

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.”

by Swami Kriyananda (Swami Kriyananda)

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.

by Jyotish and Devi Novak (Spiritual Development)

Much of our suffering comes from two sources: the force of delusion and our own karma.