visiting ananda

We were recently blessed with the amazing opportunity to visit the Ananda Village, just outside of Nevada City, California.  This gorgeous 900 acre community is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s.  Pablo has been working there for the past few weeks, helping our new friends Lalaan and Timothy renovate their home.  I took the train down with the kids to meet him this past week, and we spent a magical time together enjoying the warm sun and making many wonderful new friends.  The community is dedicated to a life devoted to Kriya yoga and meditation.  It was such a rejuvenating experience to be able to join in on the daily energizing exercises, yoga postures, and group meditations.  These pictures can not really express the true beauty of the community.

Downtown Ananda, our main hangout spot for the week.  There was a cute little market and a great park that the kids really enjoyed.

The Hansa temple, where community members mediate and practice Kriya yoga together.

Jenny the donkey, she keeps the goats and chickens safe from the mountain lions.  Spending time with the goats was so much fun.

The people were so warm and welcoming, the children were thriving, and the food was delicious.  It was quite a heart opening experience to see what community life might be like when people are devoted to focusing their efforts on their inner spiritual growth, living in cooperation with each other, and bringing these practices into everyday life with children to raise, households to run, and jobs to do.  We have been wanting to visit this community for some time now.  We can’t wait to go back.  Without a doubt it is everything we have been searching for.  A place to raise our family and create a life of balance that nurtures our mental, emotional, and spiritual growth.  It also leaves me feeling inspired to use my talents to serve in the community, perhaps finding a small way to contribute to their beautiful way of life.


Advertisements

~ by beautifulgreenlife on June 19, 2010.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: