Unity to screen film on power of focusing inward

We all live our lives one day at a time, each day folding into the next, like a train of cascading dominoes. No one lives their days in reverse, with their time moving backward instead of forward. As this is a given, the great question becomes how do we live our best lives. Some stumble through it, some complain their way through it, others sleepwalk through it, and still others choose to live their life making conscientious choices.

What is the secret to living well, to being more fully alive each moment with happiness, peace and success? Spiritual teachers guide us that practicing yoga and meditating will give us days that flower open with expanded awareness, leading us gently into our truest joy.

Once in a great while a movie comes along that is a must see. "Awake: The Life of Yogananda" is one such movie. It will be shown exclusively on Friday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m. at Unity Spiritual Center, located at 23855 Detroit Road in Westlake. Tickets are $8 if prepaid online before Aug. 18 at unityspiritualcenter.com, or $10 at the door.

This vivid documentary is the biography of a small, charismatic man, Paramahansa Yogananda, who brought yoga and meditation to the United States in the 1920s. He brought to this country, when it was enmeshed in craziness, unknown tools to experience a better life of self-realization.

When he first arrived in Los Angeles over 6,000 people attended his talk. Many were ready to hear his message, where he stressed the link between the body and the spirit. His universal message was of tolerance and love for one another. He authored the book, "Autobiography of a Yogi," which has sold millions of copies worldwide. It has been translated into 18 languages, and is still a vital read today. It was reportedly the only book Steve Jobs had on his iPad 2.

The movie includes archival footage of George Harrison commenting on how the book affected the way he lived his life. A Washington Post critic wrote, "Yogananda's story is a fascinating one, and although the documentary will likely attract a discrete group, it has the potential for broader appeal."

This movie has an appeal that isn't found in Hollywood flicks, and gives us cause to pause and take a closer look at how we live our lives. 

Sharon Fedor

I am Secretary on the Board of Trustees of Unity Spiritual Center. I enjoy writing about USC's event. Everyone is welcome at Sunday services, or our numerous classes, and worshops!

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.04.2015