The symbology of the cocoon and the butterfly

Have you ever noticed a particular sign or symbol stalking you – just waiting for you to understand its message?

These two symbols – the cocoon and the butterfly – have been everywhere recently. They pop up when I meditate, come up in random image searches, even in other people’s branding! And while I think I know what they are telling me, I also know that they are a powerful symbol for the collective, because they tie in so well with the theme of October’s Tarot reading.Continue reading

#TheMindfulBreak 2017: We start on Sunday!

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

This quote sums up the very essence of what a mindfulness practice is all about – to be present, without judgement, completely focused on the current moment without any attachment to our thoughts, to the past or the future.

Often, our stress and overwhelm arises from an overactive mind – we juggle roles and responsibilities with an eye to the tasks that we have to accomplish during the day and berating ourselves for all that we let slip.

But if we can just remember to stop….breathe….focus on the present moment, on the current task without future projecting and past analyzing, our worries and stress can simply melt away. Continue reading

On my art table: What are you growing today?

Thoughts become things

I believe that what we focus on, grows. Where we focus our time and energy determines what shows up in our lives. The more we think about a particular thing, the more laser focused our energy and time and effort is on a particular endeavor, the higher the chances that it will manifest in our lives.Continue reading

What does home mean to you?

Noon is siesta time in Pune, India!

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I’ve never really understood Jhumpa Lahiri and her cast of melancholic expat Bengalis. The families who  went abroad and never could make it “home”. The newly wed Bengali wife who left her childhood home to go to a different city in India and couldn’t find her identity anymore.Continue reading

The Mindful Break 2017

The Mindful Break returns! As my stress levels rise, I find that I need to slow down…to remember that I need a bit of a daily break. A reminder to myself to just breathe.

This is how The Mindful Break was born last year – it was a fun ride, and I was joined by a lot of other lovely peeps who enjoyed it too. And so, it returns again this year.

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Monthly Tarot Forecast for October 2017

It’s officially almost the last quarter of the year! I have to admit this is my favorite time of the year. The festive season is kicking off, winters are setting in, making it a beautiful in-between time of outward gaiety and inward reflection. Anyway, here is your Tarot forecast for October 2017.

Monthly Tarot forecast for October 2017

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Journey of a Seeker: What is the meaning of life?

We are all on a journey through this roller coaster that we call life. We all try to understand it as best as we can. Some of us turn to scriptures to find the meaning of life, others to philosophy, and still others to spirituality. And then there are the rationalists, who believe that life is simply a string of random – or logical – events and then you die.

There is no one answer to describe this journey – there rarely is. There is the answer that resonates with you.

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Seeking Inspiration: For the times when you have no words

It’s surprising, how you sometimes have nothing much to say.

It’s even more surprising – and unnerving – when this happens after a period of intense creativity.

But there’s a reason for the quiet…for the lack of words…the lethargy in the drive…the dip in the zest.

After every creative high comes a creative low. It’s simply a time to recuperate, to gather up seeds of inspiration once again, to go down the rabbit hole as you follow your curiosity so you can come back again, filled with wonder and words and delight and magic.

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Hope for the inner child

This is a prose poem that I wrote at the start of August 2017, as I was thinking about the innocence of childhood, of how that innocence is sometimes lost or brutally snatched away. I was thinking, too, of the archetype of the inner child. It’s the part of us that retains a child-like innocence and purity, that doesn’t always understand the ways of this cruel world. And as the thoughts swirled in my mind, this poem just….wrote itself. At least that’s how it felt! I wasn’t too sure about sharing it, but the more I read it, the more I knew that someone out there needed to read this too. So, here it is.

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