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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 […]

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 […]

Dissipating Anger

August 4, 2018

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“There is no such thing as releasing your anger; there is only rehearsing it.”                                                                                   […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

How to have a good day

June 27, 2017

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I haven’t been here for over a month and I have missed it. I had a lot going on; my sister visited me for a month and we moved homes. It’s an exciting time, but it was easy to get caught up in the frenzy and get lackadaisical about things that keep me grounded. It […]

800 Positive Things in my Life

April 21, 2017

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Late January this year, my soul began beseeching me to start journaling again. But not the ordinary run-o-the-mill daily happenings, rather mindfully jotting down 10 positive things that happen each day. Me being me, I ignored my soul for a week. I figured it’s only my soul, not the Dalai Lama! Till it began screaming […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

World Mental Health Day – Living with Anxiety

October 10, 2016

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I live with chronic hormone-related anxiety. This means that I can several weeks of being absolutely trigger-free and then I can have a few weeks of living in panic. So what does living with anxiety feel like (to me)? I get very physical symptoms – heart racing, bile rising in my stomach and my body […]

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