This powerful talk describes the effect of meditation on the physical brain and how through meditation, we not only create more peace within ourselves, we also bring more peace into the world.

Recorded: August 14, 2007

For more talks and classes by Swami Kriyananda on various spiritual topics, please visit Treasures Along the Path, our audio club website.

Anandi Cornell

Anandi is a wonderful teacher and a loving and insightful counselor who has been sharing the teachings of meditation for the last 30 years. An Ananda minister since 1980, Anandi has directed and taught in many of Ananda's guest and outreach programs, including the Palo Alto Ananda Community, Ananda's membership training program, and The Expanding Light.

Anandi also works part-time as an editor for Ananda's Crystal Clarity books. She has edited a series of books based on Yogananda's early writings including How to Have Courage Calmness & Confidence, Karma & Reincarnation, How to Be a Success and, most recently, How to Achieve Glowing Health & Vitality. Anandi is married to Joseph Bharat Cornell, the well-respected nature educator and author of the best-selling Sharing Nature book series, with whom she has facilitated nature workshops in Japan, and many parts of the United States and Europe.

Joseph Bharat Cornell

Joseph Bharat Cornell is an internationally renowned author and founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide, one of the planet's most widely respected nature awareness programs. His first book, Sharing Nature with Children, “sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education” and has been published in twenty languages and sold half a million copies. He is the honorary president of Sharing Nature Association of Japan, which has 10,000 members and 35,000 trained leaders.

Mr. Cornell is the author of the Sharing Nature Book Series, used by millions of parents, educators, naturalists, and youth and religious leaders all over the world. Mr. Cornell's books, Listening to Nature and The Sky and Earth Touched Me, have inspired thousands of adults to deepen their relationship with nature.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service selected Mr. Cornell's Sharing Nature with Children as one of the fifteen most influential books published since 1890 for connecting children and families to nature. His highly effective outdoor learning strategy, Flow Learning™, was featured by the U.S. National Park Service as one of five recommended learning theories, along with the works of Maria Montessori, Howard Gardner, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget.

Mr. Cornell’s books have received the following prestigious awards.

Sharing Nature:

Winner, Silver Nautilus Award in the Animals & Nature category
Winner, Grand Prize: Indie Book Awards in the Non-Fiction category
Winner, Indie Book Award in the Science/Nature/Environment category
Winner, Indie Book Award in the Parenting/Family category
Winner, Silver Evergreen Medal in the Nature Conservation category
Winner, Green Book Festival Award in the How-To category

The Sky and Earth Touched Me:

Winner, Grand Prize Indie Book Awards for the Non-Fiction category
Winner, Indie Book Awards for the Science/Nature/Environment category
Winner, Gold Medal IPPY Book Awards for Best Environment/Ecology/Nature Book category
Winner, Green Book Festival in the Spiritual category

John Muir: My Life with Nature:

Winner, ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, Non-Fiction Humane Heroes

Mr. Cornell has received many international awards for his Sharing Nature books and work. He received the prestigious Countess Sonja-Bernadotte Prize in Germany for his vast influence on environmental education in Central Europe.

In 2011 Cornell was selected as one of the world's “100 most influential opinion leaders committed to the Environment” by the French organization, Les Anges Gardiens de la Planète.

Along with Jane Goodall and David Attenborough, Joseph Bharat Cornell is
an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Environmental Education

Known for his warmth and joyful enthusiasm, Cornell “has a genius for finding the essence of a subject, explaining it in clear and compelling ways, and then giving the reader creative exercises to gain an actual experience.”

Joseph and his wife, Anandi, are senior ministers and residents of Ananda Village in Northern California.

For more information on Joseph Cornell's books and activities, please visit www.sharingnature.com.