A couple of weeks back I had a rapid-fire session with my mentor who asked me a series of questions about my meditation practice: What is meditation? Why do you meditate? What is the benefit you get from meditation? She gave me a minute to think and, after introspecting, I responded: Meditation is the result of the continuous act of…… Read More.
It was a typical winter morning in Dehra Dun, a small town located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India. The weak morning sun appeared every now and then from behind the clouds, doing its best to fight the cold. Having feigned a stomach ache, I skipped school for the day. I lay in bed, smarting from what…… Read More.
You could say I was an absolute chatterbox who loved to talk and share everything with my near and dear ones. I needed sound in my life, whether it was blasting music or TV noise in the background. I love to laugh, and I can even laugh even when you shout at me in anger. I’m considered happy-go-lucky despite my…… Read More.
“The heart is intuitive. It does not share the mind’s many limitations.” -Daaji, The Heartfulness Way I write this during a period of surprising struggle with myself over what seem to be multiple unnecessary concerns, blown out of proportion in my own mind. A few months ago, I sat down for my morning meditation with a positive outlook and…… Read More.
Let me start with a story… My husband has a very strong tolerance for pain, and I discovered just how strong it was in June 2013. He felt “a little off” on Thursday, but on Friday decided he was well enough for his usual twenty-five mile bike ride. On Saturday, he “wasn’t quite feeling up to par.” By Sunday…… Read More.
Depression. What does it mean, and how does it transform a settled state of mind to a disturbed one? Depression is generally described as feeling miserable, isolated and with a lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyed with all enthusiasm. Mental stress is a major cause of depression. Endless brooding and worrying can result in anxiety, guilt, apathy…… Read More.
For more than 5 years, my younger brother has been suffering from psoriasis, a skin disorder causing red, scaly patches that can crack and bleed. When he first contracted it, we rushed him to several doctors but scant knowledge about the disorder made the scenario even more dire. The disease spread rapidly, very soon taking over his whole body; even…… Read More.
In today’s material world, we all find ourselves chasing money, fame and love, which ultimately brings us more stress and anxiety-related ailments. However much we try to be our ‘normal’ selves we do not know how to. This is when we need a Guru or Guide who can help us realize our self-worth and find our inner strength to overcome…… Read More.
Smartphones are empowering. They have interlaced practically every facet of our lives with overwhelming speed, convenience and connectivity. Dependency on smartphones has increased to such an extent that we find ourselves more involved with our phone than the meeting we are attending or even the traffic on the road. Today, when there is a smartphone in every pocket, how do…… Read More.
Remember that time when you were totally lost in the moment: drifting to the tune of your favourite song, looking far into the melancholic colours of an evening sky, or crawling through the words of an enchanting book? There are countless such moments in life that are akin to meditation. The magic of such moments is that they happen naturally,…… Read More.
A boy was walking along a road at dawn one day, admiring the splendour of nature. Everything seemed to come alive at once, creating a painting in front of his eyes. The canvas of the sky was painted a brilliant scarlet-gold as tendrils of light struggled to inch higher, allowing his eyes to feast upon the delicacy of rolling, emerald…… Read More.
I once came across the following story of a couple, William Waldorf Astor and Nancy Astor: On a stormy night, an elderly couple looking for a room stopped at a small hotel. The young clerk at the desk informed the couple that all the rooms of the hotel were booked and that not a single room was available that night…… Read More.