July 27, 2021


Grow In Inner Peace

Paula Whang-Ramos


"Peace is the calling card of true inner guidance."
~ Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian, CSE Daily Inspiration, 01/21/2012


Here is a good contemplative question... How do we know when the inner guidance we receive is truly based in soul wisdom, and not the mind trying to sound smart or spiritual? As our meditation practice deepens, we can experience the inner peace that indwells us. The mind becomes more still, and the peace that we are emerges from within, like a boat on the sea emerging from a fog. Our inner peace is always within us, but it is difficult to experience through the fog of the busy, distracted mind. Even if it is only for a few breaths, this direct experience of peace can be sufficient to awaken the inner knowing of what we are.

Wisdom-inspired inner guidance is grounded in the same inner peace that we experience in meditation. We may experience its patience, calmness, simplicity, and clarity. Advice revealed from the mind often has a more complicated urgency and impatience associated with it, as if the advice must be implemented immediately, or it will no longer be true.

Following soul guidance may call us to grow and to let go of habits, beliefs, and desired outcomes to which we have become attached. This growth may challenge us to step outside our mind's comfort zone. And yet, when we quiet the mind, our inner peace reminds us that this less-traveled path can serve our highest good in all aspects of our lives. May our meditation practice open us into the inner peace that serves as a soul compass into wisdom-guided, joy-filled lives!


Study, meditate and grow with others devoted to thriving in peace, love, and wholeness. Make this the year that we affirm and skillfully live in peace - in our minds, our hearts, our families, our community, and our world. Blue Lotus Meditation & Yoga Center welcomes sincere seekers from all backgrounds.


July 18, 2021


Steady Practice, Steady Peace

Paula Whang-Ramos


"Progress is in accord with intensity of practice, whether mild, medium, or extremely intensive."
~Yoga Sutras 1:22


The Yoga Sutras are the oldest teachings on Yoga and meditation in the history of the world. I like this verse because it reminds me of the great influence we have over our own well-being. When our daily practice of meditation and spiritually conscious living is steady (i.e., consistent and regular), we can experience inner calmness during stressful circumstances, clarity during confusing interactions, and peace in the presence of others who may be upset. Our inner balance is more resilient as we are less emotionally, mentally, and physically reactive to unexpected changes in our lives. We can feel the inner strength of living from the soul - living from the inside out.

When our meditation and spiritually conscious living practices are inconsistent, then our experience of inner joy, clarity, and peace will also be inconsistent. Sometimes we experience inner peace in the presence of chaos, and other times we get swept into the chaos. During inconsistent daily spiritual practice, our moments of clarity may feel more like a relief, instead of an intentional response from within.

And, if we stray far from our daily spiritual practices, then we are more likely to experience stress, confusion, mental distraction, and emotional reactivity as a normal part of our daily lives. We can become more reactive to others' interactions, to circumstances over which we have no control, and even to our own thoughts and reactions. Our lives become a reaction to the next stressor that the mind seeks.

Fortunately, Kriya Yoga, which includes the study of the Yoga Sutras, offers many time-tested, universally applicable daily spiritual practices to help us consciously return to and live from our inner soul wholeness. When we live from the soul, then our daily lives are guided by the inner wisdom, joy, and love that indwells us all. Join us at BLC this week for meditation and for "Living in Freedom" when we study the Yoga Sutras and receive the inspiration we need to support our steady, daily spiritual practice right now.


Study, meditate and grow with others devoted to thriving in peace, love, and wholeness. Make this the year that we affirm and skillfully live in peace - in our minds, our hearts, our families, our community, and our world. Blue Lotus Meditation & Yoga Center welcomes sincere seekers from all backgrounds.



July 11, 2021


Living From The True Self

Paula Whang-Ramos


"Whether engaged in action in the world or the stillness of meditation, the goal can be the same—
knowing the Truth and living it."

~Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian, CSE Daily Inspiration 07/07/2021


As we live into the fullness of summer, the joy of being with family and friends, and the return to other community activities, these are divinely perfect moments to remember that the purpose of our daily sitting meditation practice is not to meditate. While our teaching tradition in Kriya Yoga offers many rich and effective ancient techniques to support superconscious meditation, the objective is not to perfect every single technique ever described.

In this tradition, we study and learn specific time-tested meditation techniques to withdraw our attention and awareness from the distracted mind. In meditation, we practice, again and again, redirecting our attention and awareness deep within, to a place beyond the mind, in superconsciousness. From this deeper level of inner awareness, we can directly experience the essential Wholeness that we are. This direct experience of our True Self can ground us in the inner peace, love, and wisdom that is unperturbed by changes in our minds, emotions, experiences, and our reactions to them.

From the True Self, we experience the full purpose of meditation as inner peace, clarity, and wisdom overflowing from within to inspire our lives. Instead of living from the reactive, distracted mind, we intentionally bring forth these innate divine qualities to guide our daily thoughts, words, and actions. And just like in our sitting practice, when the mind becomes distracted, we redirect the outward flow of attention and energy, take a breath within, and give our True Self another opportunity to bless our lives with the peace, love, and joy that we all are, and that we all deserve now. The direct experience of our True Self in meditation changes our consciousness. The intentional expression of the True Self changes our lives.


Study, meditate and grow with others devoted to thriving in peace, love, and wholeness. Make this the year that we affirm and skillfully live in peace - in our minds, our hearts, our families, our community, and our world. Blue Lotus Meditation & Yoga Center welcomes sincere seekers from all backgrounds.



July 4, 2021


Embracing Freedom

Paula Whang-Ramos


"Meditation is transformative. The unleashed splendor of our divine nature facilitates positive changes that last,

those that truly matter. They come forth from within us."
~Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian 11/27/2020


In the United States, today is celebrated as a historical day of independence from outer forces that oppressed people yearning to live in freedom. Across the country, communities celebrate this day with fireworks, family gatherings, and proud displays of our country's flag of independence in their front yards.

On this spiritual path of Kriya Yoga, freedom is also a highly valued quality of life. However, the freedom sought on this inner path is freedom from the tyranny of our minds. You know, those minds that tell us to eat ice cream late at night and then judge us harshly for having done so when we have a stomach ache later? Those minds that can meet our mistakes with criticism instead of compassion? Those minds that think one thing and say another, resulting in confusion, regret, and potential harm to ourselves and others? How can we live in true freedom when there seems to be no escaping the tyranny of our ever-changing fickle minds?

The daily practice of meditation teaches us to withdraw our attention from the busy, undisciplined mind and all its trappings. Instead, we intentionally, repeatedly turn our attention within. When the mind becomes inwardly focused and quiet, we can directly experience the inner Source of peace, joy, clarity, and wisdom that indwells us all. As our practice matures, we learn to take these soul qualities into our daily life experiences. Guided by this inner Source, we can be inspired by spiritually intelligent alternatives to the distracted, reactive mind. We can inwardly touch and live from the Source of true freedom.


Study, meditate and grow with others devoted to thriving in peace, love, and wholeness. Make this the year that we affirm and skillfully live in peace - in our minds, our hearts, our families, our community, and our world. Blue Lotus Meditation & Yoga Center welcomes sincere seekers from all backgrounds.


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Then make any necessary adjustments in harmony with that insight.”
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian, Spiritual Director, Center for Spiritual Enlightenment

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