I am in the process of reading 'Ishmael', by Daniel Quinn. So far, the book is an engaging, thought-provoking read. Like Byron Katie's 'The Work', it invites one to break down the fundamental pieces of the world vision we have bought into, and question the veracity of these parts. These examined parts can then be reassembled … Continue reading Creating A New Personal Paradigm.
A long, long time ago There arrived the thought That love was something dangerous Mysterious and unreliable: It led to all kinds of grief, tears,and loss That there was no way to tame it Contain what it brought: The confusion, foolishness Futility of unending fears Inconvenient changes It sometimes wrought And that day it was … Continue reading Poems: Break Out
Do you find yourself struggling in a close relationship? Many of us do. Despite a long history of spiritual or healing practice, it is not uncommon to yet feel stuck in at least one challenging relationship. Whether this be with a family member, friend or anyone else, it may seem like this is the one … Continue reading How To Dissolve A Long Standing Grievance
If there is anyone who can hold up a mirror and make you laugh at that which you may have so far been turning a blind eye to, it is my friends GD and Aalif Surti. GD's inimitable, witty way of pointing to profound wisdom (and difficult truths) is artfully captured by his articulate brother, … Continue reading The 11 Commandments Of The New-Age-Ego (In A Nutshell)
Perhaps a deep rooted joy and peace does not lie in the pursuit of happiness, but in addressing the contributors to one's perception of unhappiness. Popular today are encouragements to think positive, happy and grateful thoughts. And if that comes easily and naturally, stay with that! However, there are many, myself included, who have discomfort with denying … Continue reading 16 Effective Ways To Dissolve Unhappiness
Verdant green forests, craggy white mountains, gurgling rivers and roaring seas. Who would not be tempted to explore these? He set out with empty hands and a heart filled with wonder at what lay before him. Every step a sacred communion. Every breath in - one of joy. Every breath out - a reverent sigh. … Continue reading Really Short Stories: ‘The River Sings. Listen.’
Lighting a lamp and an incense stick at dusk is a ritual practised in many Indian households. Pune is no exception. As I walked along the garden track in yesterday's dimming light, a strong fragrance of Nag Champa wafted my way. More used to paying attention to the earthy smell of the ground and leaves, … Continue reading Missing Something That’s Right Under Your Nose?