Browsing All posts tagged under »mental health«

A Diwali Miracle

November 17, 2020

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Re-posted from my Instagram (Nov. 14th 2020) I did it. With Sid’s help. I emerged this morning feeling different. I had spent Wednesday to Friday, especially Thursday evening onwards, feeling like crap. Diwali week crept up on me, AGAIN. Usually, I might try to NOT feel this way. To be fair, I don’t feel this […]

Mandatory Diwali Post

November 13, 2020

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This week crept up on me! In terms of dates and how it is impacting me. I just got back from my fourth Vipassana retreat, and I thought I was ready for anything life threw at me. I guess, not everything. Or maybe I am coping with it to the best of my ability. Last […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to find a great therapist

December 8, 2017

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An introduction to reflecting on one’s mental wellness needs I am one of those people not just saved by therapy, but also who has blossomed under therapy. The negative rap that therapy gets is so uncalled for. Literally, therapy does nothing by save people! Also, don’t go telling me about all the whackadoodles out there. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

Life After Alzheimer’s

September 16, 2017

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My mom died when I was 19. She was 49. I stopped being a caregiver. But dementia is a shadow that continues to follow me. The summer has ended. I am relieved. I won’t have to look at pictures of people eating ice cream. Eating ice cream makes me anxious. I don’t mean feeling guilty. I […]

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