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Living my Yoga

June 19, 2020

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The most glorious thing about lockdown has been that Sid is home. He is able to get off work at a reasonable hour. And because the days are long, we are able to get out for walks most days. When we bought our house three years ago, we knew nothing about the neighbourhood. We fell […]

Unexpected expense

May 30, 2020

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Since I began practicing Vipassana a few years ago, I have been called to make changes to my lifestyle. Live greener. Gentler. Simpler. One of the things I have been trying to do is to avoid buying new things. This was easy in India. If a shirt tore, we got it raffu-ed. The darning felt […]

Unbecoming – My Journey to Freedom

February 7, 2020

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In 2019, one of the books I loved listening to on Audible was Michelle Obama’s, “Becoming”. This post is an homage to that beautiful journey. It has been exactly a year since I posted to my blog. I have heard from a few people over email, checking in to see if I was okay. I […]

Has Yoga Lost Its Soul?

June 21, 2018

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A friend of mine sent me a video this morning that said, “Yoga has lost its soul.” Full disclosure: I didn’t watch the whole thing. The reason? I probably was one of those people that talked about the cultural appropriation of Yoga and mourned the Lulu-ization of this ancient technique to self-actualization. I did (hot) […]

A gentle reminder to be gentle

June 20, 2018

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I am at the Yoga studio. It’s been 2 weeks since I practiced yoga. Since the last month or so, I have been doing less yoga than I need or my body is used to. It should have been a warning. But I don’t think anything of it. Today it feels harder. I am surprised. […]

Worldwide June Gratitude Pledge

May 13, 2018

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I am hosting a June Gratitude & Mindfulness Pledge for everyone who wants to join in any corner of the world. To put it simply, all of us know that being appreciative of the little things in life has great benefits to our mental health. But most of us may lack the discipline and/or the […]

Hopes, goals and dreams

March 9, 2018

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This is part of a series of poems I am writing based on my experience of practicing the vipassana meditation daily. It is a non-guided meditation in the tradition of S.N. Goenka that one can learn by attending a 10-day silent retreat – without phones, books, or journals even. I returned from my 2nd retreat […]

I met the devil today

December 3, 2017

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What does the devil look like? What does the devil say? How will I save myself? How will I make the devil go away? I am undergoing a huge change. Even though it was sort of my choice, it will mean an adjustment in every sphere of my life. I quit my job. Without another one […]

Tips to beat the Monday blues

July 17, 2017

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If you’re not living in Dubai / one of those countries, or don’t work weekends, Monday might be the first day of the week for you. And I’m going to make a guess that it isn’t your favourite day of the week. If it is, please leave and do not ever talk to me. I […]

How to have a good day

June 27, 2017

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I haven’t been here for over a month and I have missed it. I had a lot going on; my sister visited me for a month and we moved homes. It’s an exciting time, but it was easy to get caught up in the frenzy and get lackadaisical about things that keep me grounded. It […]

The 5-min self care plan

April 27, 2017

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I was speaking with a client about a month ago. She lives with chronic pain, and has had two surgeries. She is caring for her mother living with dementia, who also has chronic health conditions. She was also supporting her father who had dementia and died of cancer few years ago. Oh, and my client […]

800 Positive Things in my Life

April 21, 2017

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Late January this year, my soul began beseeching me to start journaling again. But not the ordinary run-o-the-mill daily happenings, rather mindfully jotting down 10 positive things that happen each day. Me being me, I ignored my soul for a week. I figured it’s only my soul, not the Dalai Lama! Till it began screaming […]

10 Affirmations for Today

April 11, 2017

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I have actually had a few phenomenal weeks as my new homeopathy remedy finally seems to be working at a deeper level. Even though my back has been giving me a lot of trouble the last few days, my mind actually has been a good friend. This morning however, I was feeling challenged. I have […]

50 Life Lessons I (Try to) Live By

March 25, 2017

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Don’t try to explain yourself to everyone. Be spiritual. Take care of your body. Be authentic with yourself and others. Don’t try to fit in. Voice your fears. It’s okay to walk away. Listen to music daily. Practice gratefulness and gratitude. Pay it forward. Be approachable. Admit your mistakes freely. Be vulnerable. Assert your power. […]

A verse for John Mann

June 3, 2016

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John Mann is 53; he is the frontman of Spirit of the West, the iconic Celtic Canadian band. He is currently living with Young Onset Alzheimer’s (YOD). “Spirit Unforgetabble,” is a documentary about his life and journey with (YOD) that debuted this year. I urge you to watch it. Spirit of the West performed their […]

A Year of No Shopping

January 31, 2016

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I grew up wearing wearing hand-me-downs from my sister or mom’s friends’ children. I remember always being excited when we got huge bags of previously worn clothing and mixing and matching whatever caught my fancy. Shopping for new clothes was limited to occasions – close family weddings (for other weddings, we borrowed or repeated our outfits), […]

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