My conservative, middle-class upbringing suffered a severe jolt when, at the age of 8 years, my mother left us suddenly to pursue another life. I don’t even remember calling her “Ma” and my feelings for her were driven by anger and resentment that she had opted out of raising a family and, instead, had moved on with her life and…… Read More.
Browse through any news channel today, and you realize that society is obsessed with the topic of COVID-19. This continuous blaring of updates about the statistics of infected and death, feeds the anxiety of a society that has been exposed to a wide array of apocalyptic movies. Chennai is a city with very high number of COVID-19 positive people and…… Read More.
I was always the happy-go-lucky kind, ever smiling and laughing. I could be around people but go into my own space even as a child, as if looking for something. My thirst for inner happiness began when I started rebelling against societal norms, against what I was taught a young Indian girl should be. I found shelter in reading self-help…… Read More.
A yearning for something, we know not what, exists in most hearts. -P. Rajagopalachari From a skeptic to a believer. From a rebel to a follower. From a human being to being humane. That, in a nutshell, is my story on this path of the heart. As a child, when all you see is chaos in the form…… Read More.
My association with Heartfulness began like a meandering river, with my life’s path swinging in and out of it, at times barely touching it. The earliest encounter I had was hearing about Heartfulness and then meeting practitioners, which left me curious about the method. The third encounter was meeting Chariji, the third Heartfulness Guide, even before I started practicing. Then…… Read More.
I have been practicing Heartfulness meditation for the past 11 years, and it has taught me to see life as a beautiful, God-given gift. I was born differently abled with a biological problem called meningomyelocele which, among other things, makes walking without support very difficult. I look at my life now as before Heartfulness and after Heartfulness, and how differently…… Read More.
Four years ago, if you had asked me to meditate, I would have laughed at you. But now I meditate twice, sometimes thrice a day. Such has been the impact on me of Heartfulness meditation. Four years ago, after graduating from an engineering college, I was working in a corporate job when I had an unforeseen mental crisis which came…… Read More.
Like many stories you may have come across, mine starts with an unresolved past issue. For me, it was the usual teenage angst and uncertainty. I didn’t know what I was doing; I felt lost in this world and, typically, looked for reassurance in other people and things. Frequently, when we play around we fail to understand that what we…… Read More.
I love simplicity. In my early childhood, I decided that I wanted to live a modest and simple life, eat healthily and be in tune with nature. My daily route to school took me past a slaughterhouse, and once I made the connection to the meat on my plate it no longer seemed right to ingest it. Since then, from…… Read More.
Until about a year ago, I was working the corporate 9 to 5 and simultaneously fighting a losing battle with extreme anxiety, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse. I was lost in the dark with no hope of finding the light and still l continued to ignore the power that was within me, despite the many signs telling me to tune…… Read More.
For as long as I can remember, the big questions of life have dominated my thoughts – who am I, where do I come from, where am I going? Being a rational person, I turned to the brain for all the answers. Studying cognitive neuroscience made it all seem so logical; everything could be explained just by looking at how…… Read More.
My introduction to spirituality was a very ordinary event, as I started meditation on my uncle’s insistence at the age of 18. The seeds of spirituality were sown, but it took some time to germinate. I only realized the need for it when I was preparing for the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) exams, as well as going through the…… Read More.