A long-distance relationship reminds me of my meditation practice. In the beginning, my partner and I would communicate with each other during random hours. But on some days, we felt frustrated and distracted because of different schedules and the huge difference in time zones. What then worked was finding a suitable hour in our schedule where we could meaningfully connect.…… Read More.
It happened a few days ago. Despite a regular meditation practice, there are days when I struggle to feel grateful. I feel frustrated, disappointed, jealous, insecure, and just muddled. As humans, we can feel complex emotions. My mind was done with being all calm, happy, and peace loving. It took control. It decided to inject thoughts of everything that is…… Read More.
I fancy holidays as I truly feel merry and bright. It’s the time when I book a hotel and tickets for a flight, and I’m off to a destination that keeps my laptop away from me. For some time, I defined celebrating life as a period of “days” where I could easily get into the spirit of joy, excitement, and…… Read More.
One should never underestimate what a productive day can do to our mindset. When we’ve had one of these and ticked everything off our ‘to-do’ list, we yearn to find ways to replicate it. After all, who does not like to feel accomplished and satisfied? I recently had an extremely productive day, and that gave me the motivation to go…… Read More.
Staying indoors for the past few months finally gave me time to solve a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle. There were simple lessons waiting to unfold. No one has an idea of the bigger picture and what it looks like. But because you know it’s a jigsaw puzzle and all the pieces are meant to fit, you’ll keep trying to solve the…… Read More.
I have been in education for over fifteen years, mostly working with teenagers. Teenage years are synonymous with peer pressure, complicated further with identity crises; added to that is the pressure to study and perform well, technological distractions and parental expectations. This is also the time when parents start experiencing unfamiliar distancing from their growing child. Suddenly, the warmth and…… Read More.
Once I fell sick with a severe headache and naturally, I referred to the Google ‘doctor’ – to my horror all my symptoms pointed to one thing, a brain tumor. Even after multiple check-ups and assurances from doctors declaring that it’s only a sinus problem, my anxiety didn’t go away. I wondered why my mind loved to get carried away…… Read More.
Covid-19 has pushed us into the four walls of our own home. Festivities and events have either been postponed or are carried out privately with limited guests. While technology has helped us come closer to share the joy virtually, it is equally painful that it doesn’t give us the opportunity to pay our final respects when our dear ones depart.…… Read More.
What is fear? Fear can be explained as an unpleasant psychological feeling that is caused by some real or imagined danger. There could be the fear of facing people, losing a special one, doing badly in exams, losing your job, or the fear of any uncertainty. It results in the uneasiness of the mind, which disturbs our entire system. The…… Read More.
One of the most interesting and instructive courses I’ve taken as a graduate student was Arts of Communication. In the course, my professor noted that there were three golden rules: Number 1: Resonate. Feel one with your audience. Number 2: Be your natural self. Don’t try to be someone that you aren’t. Number 3: Center yourself, especially before you speak.…… Read More.
There is nothing I can do. But wait. And watch. And listen. Suddenly the outside world is non-existent as we stay safe at home. My self esteem has had a hit, as it is focused on outside approval for my appearance, my work, even my spiritual practice. At least that was until COVID-19. When “stay at home” orders meant my…… Read More.
Worry is something most of us carry with us all day long. We were worried yesterday, we are worried today, and we will be worried tomorrow. There is no end to it. Interestingly, worry creates an anticipatory pattern in the mind that something may or may not happen. Let me share a short scenario that happened to me at work.…… Read More.