Browsing All posts tagged under »mental health«

A Journal Entry from 1997

February 27, 2019

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In 1997, I was 16 years old and in grade 11. My mother had “full-blown” Alzheimer’s. She was 46 years old. Writing in my journal was my form of therapy and probably the only productive coping tool I used during these years. I kept a diary from the time I was 13 and stopped writing […]

300 Days of Meditation: Tips and Learnings

November 26, 2018

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Today I complete 300 consecutive days of daily meditation. I practice Vipassana, a silent unguided meditation. I embarked on this journey on January 31st 2018 when I went to my second 10-day silent retreat. As I left on February 11th, I decided I want to continue this practice for at least a 100 days. When […]

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 […]

The Process of Meditation

August 5, 2018

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I sit in silence closed eyes. crossed legs back straight focussed on breath Head to toe Through arms and torso Front and back To and fro Looking for nothing Observing the flow Judging no thoughts They just come and go. I reach a block In my shoulders or neck A heaviness – a rock So […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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