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January 3, 2021

Yogananda's New Year's Wish For Us

Paula Whang-Ramos

"This is my New Year's wish for you: that you all reach the land beyond your dreams, where there is peace and joy eternal.

May you realize the fulfillment of whatever strong good wish you release in the ether."
Paramahansa Yogananda, 01/01/1938, The Divine Romance (1997), pg.308

New Year’s blessings to all. We welcome 2021 with the hope for more peace, healing, unity, and joy than we experienced last year. When I contemplate this empowering inspiration from Paramahansa Yogananda, a beloved Spiritual Teacher in our tradition of Kriya Yoga, I hear him invite us to do more than hope. I hear Yogananda’s call to listen deep within our soul and grow our lives into the wholeness and dignity that we truly are. 

I hear the call to stop perpetuating our own self-imposed suffering by looking outside ourselves for inner peace, wisdom, and joy. Because one thing we learned from 2020 is that we cannot obtain lasting peace, happiness, wholeness from our ever-changing thoughts, words, actions, bodies, situations, experiences, or opinions from the masses.

Instead, Yogananda calls us to set our sights higher into inner divinely guided pathways that offer a much deeper fulfillment of lives worthy of our soul integrity. Spiritual wisdom from the East and the West offer beautiful soul qualities that can guide our lives in 2021: patience, kindness, humility, generosity, forgiveness, inner strength, hope, unconditional love, fearlessness, purity of heart, wisdom, compassion for all life, gentleness, inner calmness, and inner radiance (Christian Bible 1Corinthians 13:4-8, Bhagavad Gita 16:1-3).

As we step into 2021, imagine what your life could be like if it was defined by these qualities. Meditate and listen deeply into one or two of these soul qualities and let them serve as your spiritual companions this year. Learn and live them. From the inside out, let them stretch, guide, grow and heal you. Let this be the year that we realize the peace, love, wholeness, and joy that indwells us – overflowing into every aspect of our lives, our families, our country, and our world. 

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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“If anything disturbs your peace, practice having faith that divine grace is already actively at work restoring wholeness and well-being.

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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