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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 […]

Maitri – Loving Kindness

July 24, 2018

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Maitri is a Sanskrit word. It means “loving kindness” or “benevolence”. Through my daily practice of Vipassana meditation I am on the path of developing Maitri. Towards others and myself. The by-products of Maitri are non-judgemental attitude, flexibility and inner peace. A fountain A stream An ocean A tree All encompassed Within me. A tool […]

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 […]

65 Reflections on 65 Days of Daily Meditation

April 9, 2018

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From January 31st to February 11th, I went to my second Vipassana retreat. No phones. No talking. No reading. No writing. Just myself and me. For 10 days, meditating 11 hours a day. I have maintained this practice daily since I got back. Here are my reflections. I have developed discipline by sitting daily, twice […]

Square Peg, Round Hole

April 7, 2018

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Another addition to the collection of poems and experiences I am writing to document the change since I began meditating daily. It’s Day 62 today. The phrase, “Square peg, round hole,” has been following me around all week. I got fed up and had to sit down and let the words write themselves. Here you […]

My experience with “Energy Exchange” volunteering at my yoga studio

February 15, 2018

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In India, cleaning is something that is done by others. There is great stigma attached to menial tasks. Most people do not treat their help as equal. Books and movies like, “The Help,” have no impact on Indians because we still treat our domestic help that way. They sleep on the floor in our kitchens […]

My Journey w/ Chronic Pain & Yoga

April 4, 2017

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In 2007, I was diagnosed with spondylitis and eventually spondylosis. I was told my spine was slowly deteriorating. I tried painkillers, physiotherapy, acupressure and a bunch of other things. Nothing brought results. Nothing brought relief. I was in pain and sad constantly. I wish I could tell you that I started doing yoga and now […]

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. […]

10 Quick Ways to Improve Your Mood

January 30, 2017

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As a person who struggles with anxiety and worry, I have good days and bad. In 2017, my mission is to care for myself. I am trying to create good habits that will have an overall impact on my mental health and well-being. Here are some things that help me when I am down.

When I Attempted Suicide

March 20, 2016

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Let me begin by saying, “Suicide is not a choice. It is the lack of choice or options that results in suicide.”  I can see that day clearly. I was 18 years old. The year was 2000. My mother had been sick with Young Onset Alzehimer’s for almost five years. I had barely functional family relationships. My […]

Lessons from 10 Years of Writing / Blogging

November 2, 2015

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Why am I not blogging more? This is a question I have asked myself several times over the last few months. I know the answer. It is a good answer. But it still makes me sad. For the longest time, my blog used to have the following text in big font: “The answers to life […]

A: Anthem (Post 1: A-Z of Feminism)

April 13, 2015

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Between the ages of 26 and 30, I feel like I was in the prime of my personal confidence. I felt like I was someone. I had a worthy voice. I knew who I was and where I was going. Or so I believed. When I look back, I was fearless. I didn’t fear failure. […]

My First Journal Entry in Seven Years

January 11, 2015

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When I first touched the nib of my gel pen to the crisp new page, my heart skipped a beat. It was like being on a first date. It had been seven years since that had happened! I was nervous. I wondered, “Will this work? It used to be so easy.” I used to spend […]

Saying NO to NEW Year

January 3, 2015

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I feel a great affinity with the month of December. It’s almost as if the month doesn’t even get the chance to truly exist. I feel the same way about my life. The moment I begin to relax a bit, I am hit by a wave of change and then begins again the herculean effort […]

The Best Religion in the World

December 14, 2014

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Most people know the best religion in the world: THEIR’S! To me, most religions seem like competitors in a high-stakes championship. I am going to try and summarize all the issues I have with religion in as little space as I can, considering each of these would be (and are) epic-sized theses on their own. […]

On Charity, Boy Scouts, Homosexuality and Goodness

November 27, 2014

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Recently, Sid and I were walking through our neighborhood mall on a Thursday evening, holding hands and navigating the world on the pretext of running errands. We were just about to enter the supermarket when we were approached by a cute little boy, no more than six years of age. I could see an adult […]

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