Finding Stillness in Emotional Storms

Recorded July 12 & 19, 2017

Have you ever sat to meditate and been overcome with a strong emotional state: anger, sadness, frustrations, worry, fear? Or, been so overcome by a mood that the thought of sitting to meditate seems impossible? How do we overcome this? What does Yoga teach us about transcendence? Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings offer a wealth of information on this subject as well as tools and techniques for going beyond these strong emotional states.

This webinar series will not only help you learn to find stillness in an “emotional storm,” it will give you tools to transcend the emotions keep you bound to ego consciousness.

Part One — Patanjalis Yoga Sutra: “Yogas chitta vritti nirodha.”
(Yoga is the neutralization of the vortices of feeling)

We’ll explore:

  • How strong emotion binds us to the ego.
  • Yogananda’s statement, “Conditions are always neutral.”
  • “Accepting what is” as a first step to lasting change.
  • Going beyond likes and dislikes as a path to true happiness.


Part Two — Levels of Consciousness:  Subconscious, Conscious, Superconscious.

We’ll explore:

  • How to rise above intense emotion and gain a higher and broader perspective.
  • Superconscious awareness and “solution consciousness.”
  • Cultivating qualities of inner peace, calmness, forgiveness, kindness, and love.
  • Visualizing and realizing our true potential.

In each webinar, you will be given “homework” assignments to help implement these practices. You will learn pranayama techniques and a variety of different visualizations and exercises to bring more peace and calmness into your meditation and your daily life.

Associated Courses

Devalila Veenhof

Devalila Veenhof, Director of Ananda Kriya Sangha for North and South America, has been practicing and sharing Parmahansa Yogananda’s teachings for over 20 years. Previous to her current role in the Ananda Kriya Sangha, she served as Director of Online with Ananda for nearly 10 years, where she developed and taught online courses - all based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his Direct Disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Previous to her time at Online with Ananda, she served over seven years archiving talks by Swami Kriyananda for Treasures Along the Path. Devalila is originally from Lake Tahoe in Northern California and first discovered Ananda in 1996. That same year, she became a Certified Meditation and Ananda Yoga Teacher and taught in her home town. In 1998 she moved to Ananda Village – where she now lives with her husband Vic. Devalila's great joy and gifts are in supporting and encouraging people, wherever they are spiritually, and helping them find their next step along their journey toward Self-realization.

3 reviews for Transcending Difficult Emotions

  1. 5 out of 5

    Thank you so much for offering this seminar and providing powerful spiritual tools to deal with emotional turbulence. Instead of spending days riding emotional ups and downs, I know I can accept the feeling and decide what to do with it. This is a wonderful freedom! Devalila teaches in a loving, positive, and compassionate manner.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Devalila teaches with deep awareness, love and compassion. The subject of Transcending Difficult Emotions is perhaps one of the most vital for the turbulent times we are experiencing. I no longer feel hostage to the reoccurring theme of emotions that have consistently shown up in my life. Using the tools that Devalila provides I have been able to become aware of the energy of the encroaching emotion in time to respond and use the opportunity for conscious growth. I found it extremely challenging at first to unravel life-times of emotional reactions but with practice is has become easier to feel when they show up, move into the heart of the energy and to redirect for release. I highly recommend this course of essential steps that has enabled me to recognize and release unnecessary emotional energy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    This webinar presented by Devalila entitled “Transcending Difficult Emotions” brings to human consciousness the multi-layered Wisdom, Truths, Compassion and Grace of the Masters. This is a very important subject to discuss since the ego within human nature is conditioned to give into difficult emotions with reactions that most often direct our energy downward and outward into worldly matters. Devalila skillfully demonstrates how Master’s teachings can transform these strong emotions by redirecting our energy inward and upward to the divine spirit within each of us. She graciously shares several powerful tools, techniques, and resources that come directly from the Masters and teach us how to develop attitudes, meditation practices and an expanded awareness that over time, can transcend the effect of difficult emotions. It is apparent that Devalila is knowledgeable, passionate and attuned with Master and His Teachings. She has thoughtfully selected several beautiful visuals, poems, chants, books and stories that enhance the meaning of Master’s work. The Homework assigned provides relevant experiences and offers opportunities in daily life for expanded awareness and consciousness. Thank you Devalila for this Gift of Grace. It offers a new perspective and it encourages daily practices which will over time, help us to Transcend Difficult Emotions.

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