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The First Week of Parenthood

March 17, 2021

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My husband, Sid, and I have been parents to the sweetest baby boy for about five days now. Between sleeplessness and major doubts in our abilities as parents, we have been able to find moments of deep joy. When he looks into my eyes, the whole world stops. Sometimes, just looking at him, I weep. […]

June 15s from my past

June 15, 2020

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My book writing hasn’t been doing well during the pandemic. While I view myself with compassion and understand that this is a global crisis and not a writer’s retreat, I am determined to gently guide myself back into writing in a more disciplined fashion. It’s not even a writer’s block that I am experiencing. It’s […]

Fields of Joy

August 7, 2018

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I feel compelled to write daily! The verse is overflowing. Grateful for the practice of Vipassana meditation and the words that are a result of it. Please do connect with me if you would like to know more. Joy is a tiny seed We plant when we first sit To focus on our breath In […]

Tips on Living Intentionally

April 8, 2018

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Originally posted on Unity Mindfulness:
At the beginning of 2017, I began a journey to become a more grateful person. My end vision was to transform my thinking from a negative / fatalistic pattern to a more positive one. I spent almost the entire year journaling daily and writing down 10 Positive Things daily. I…

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 […]

Reflecting on a year of gratitude and self care

January 1, 2018

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At the beginning of 2017, I had not made any resolutions. In fact, a resolution kind of followed me and made me adhere to it! I began to maintain a daily gratitude journal simply because my soul was begging me to. I’d say I wrote regularly for almost 7-8 months. You can read about it here […]

I, a therapist, go to therapy

October 10, 2017

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And it’s the best form of self care I have ever practiced! Here’s me — doing my bit to End the Stigma on World Mental Health Day I have been going to therapy for a few months now. When I started, it was because I wasn’t doing so well — physically and mentally. Being Type A isn’t easy. The pressure […]

Paying my respects to clients who died last year

July 9, 2017

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As part of my role, I work out of a day program once a week. I provide support to people living with dementia (PLWD) and their families through a partnership with a community agency. Over the last two years, I have formed a bond with many of them and you might have read some of […]

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 […]

10 Lessons from People l/w Dementia

March 8, 2017

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There are innumerable myths about what dementia is and how it diminishes a person. I vehemently differ from this opinion. I wanted to list down all the things I have learned, relearned and had reinforced as a direct result of working and loving people living with dementia.

Things that make me whole

February 15, 2017

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Living with chronic pain and ensuing anxiety can be very hard. But I have a great life. I am just trying to capture here some of the things that really help me or have helped me in the past. Exercise – even when I am distracted, going to yoga really, really grounds me. I may […]

My Husband’s (Other) Valentine

February 13, 2017

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Originally posted on From Outside The Mall:
Sid and I don’t really celebrate this day. He teases me about getting me flowers or surprising me with jewelry. But he wouldn’t dare! So this Valentine’s Day, being a Thursday, was treated as any other Thursday. Since my husband is a consultant, he travels Monday to Thursday;…

Between a Hug and a Hard Place

February 8, 2017

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The day program I go to weekly serves adults with cognitive difficulties. This includes dementia, developmental delays, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Down’s Syndrome, etc. I met Lulu* there. It’s hard to tell Lulu’s age. I am guessing she’s in her 40s. She is of a robust constitution and a quiet demeanour. She seems reserved and […]

Dancing w/ Mr. Lee

January 24, 2017

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A good day at work consists of music and dancing. The impact of music and dance on people living with dementia cannot be overstated. Here's another anecdote from my end.

A Tale of Gooseberries, Grief & Coping

December 12, 2016

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I walked into the Indian store at Dundas and Hurontario on a wintry Saturday afternoon last weekend. It was a regular day; Sid and I were just going about our business buying things we needed. There was bad Bollywood music playing. It was the complete NRI experience. And then bam, in the fresh fruits and […]

The Purple Jacket – A Story About Dementia

November 5, 2016

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I have known Luba* for the last few months. She is 77 and comes to the dementia day program daily; I see her once a week. When she started, she would tell me in English, “My English, not good.” It was pretty good. She could make simple conversation. She has the sweetest personality; she greets […]

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