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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 […]

New Beginnings

December 10, 2018

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As a rule, I am not a celebrator of anything. And if you have been reading my blog, you will know how much special occasions and festivals traumatize me. This year has possibly been the best year of my life.  Even Diwali wasn’t as bleak as usual. I managed to not sink into a dark […]

Lessons from a messed up Yoga pose

April 13, 2018

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As a chronic pain warrior, Yoga has literally been my lifeboat over the last 4.5 years. People often ask me how long I have been doing Yoga. It is a common misconception that the number of years one has been practicing determines how “advanced”, or far worse, how “good” one is. And then some are […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Near Death Experience

September 20, 2017

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What if I were to die today? What if I had just a few moments to live? What would I feel? It was 5.15PM this evening. I was on a crowded subway, west bound to Kipling from Yonge. Two stops down, the train stalled at St. George. Injury at track level, they said. That’s code for […]

The Autobiography of a Book

September 4, 2017

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In recent times, I have been on a pre-loved books buying spree. It is always so interesting to read what a reader may have highlighted or the notes of love and endearment written as a gift, reward or another momentous event. I am perhaps trying to recreate a simpler time. In another life I was […]

The Serenity Song

August 2, 2017

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​Serenity is an actual place A physical space Sometimes by a lake Or inside of me On a boat on the ocean Or in the forest atop a tree. Serenity is an actual person Made of blood, flesh and tears A nun giving a sermon Or a stranger on a phone line A cherub on […]

A Poem for My Daughter

April 30, 2017

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My writing is the single-most important thing in life that has helped my healing. This blog has literally seen me grow up in the last 11 years. I was going through my archives and I came across this post that I had completely forgotten. So, re-posting. ____ As posted on Nov. 22nd 2009 My mum […]

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. […]

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.

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 […]

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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Chronically Grateful Me

Life is hard enough. Don't go through life with pain that’s keeping you clutching the steering wheel. Join me as I learn to deal with Hashimoto’s- Hypothyroidism-Osteoarthritis- Osteonecrosis – Spondylolisthesis and how going to a mostly to a plant-based lifestyle and meditation helps my pain. Deb Andio

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Still classy, brassy, and sassy after all these years

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Making it up as I go.

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kateswaffer.wordpress.com/

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A long term travel blog full of stark reality, hilarious cynicism and beautiful escapism.

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learning to go with the flow by going against the tide

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Hope isn't an emotion, but a daily choice.