What Meaning Have You Given To This One Thing?

I will probably continue to share more clearings, but at the moment I feel that this one concise clearing addresses the crux of any emotional difficulty we are facing. All our troubles start and end with our identification with a limited self. Anything and everything that happens, we habitually and compulsively weave into a narrative.  We keep … Continue reading What Meaning Have You Given To This One Thing?

Accepting Rejection

Rejection is something that we all experience from time to time. Some secretly believe they face it more than others, but it is actually quite universal. The rejection I speak of is not limited to the heartbreaks of romantic liaisons.  It is the message interpreted from a parent's dissatisfaction with your grades(despite your best efforts), their … Continue reading Accepting Rejection

Are You Resisting The Situation Or A Personal Transformation?

Our suffering is directly proportional to our resistance to the way things currently stand. The troubling conclusion that no breakthrough is possible is often erroneous.  The truth is that the available options may not be palatable to us.  For the way forward may require us to change ourselves, our point of view and our habitual … Continue reading Are You Resisting The Situation Or A Personal Transformation?

Beyond Drama

Victim, Villain, Hero, Sage. Captivating roles that keep us engaged. What would it be like to see the long repeating patterns in our relationships in a different light? What would it be like to be free of these old, habitual stories and their consequent drama and trauma? I shared the poem below on Facebook a … Continue reading Beyond Drama

A Slice Of Foreign Life

As I prepared for my travel to Eastern Europe last month, I began looking for interesting places in Prague and Budapest.  Searching travel blogs and reviews, I came across two unusual write-ups.  They intrigued me sufficiently for me to decide that Vyserhad and Attila’s Mound were places I would definitely visit.  Even as I was … Continue reading A Slice Of Foreign Life

Missing Something That’s Right Under Your Nose?

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?

Individual Clearings and Collective Consciousness

You may have felt that "this only happens to me". "Only I know how this feels." But it is not true. As we peel away layers of our trapped emotions, patterns and limiting beliefs, we begin to see that there are many angles that contribute. While the details and intricacies will vary, there are common … Continue reading Individual Clearings and Collective Consciousness

11 Ways to Be Present to Another’s Vulnerability

If you are the kind that needs research to validate what common sense and your heart will tell you easily enough, then you may want to listen to Brene Brown's brilliant TED talk, 'The Power of Vulnerability'.  Her research from hundreds of interviews led her to a breakdown and  she went to her therapist and … Continue reading 11 Ways to Be Present to Another’s Vulnerability

Beyond All Excuses

Sometimes the obvious is the last to be seen. Take the case of our favorite scapegoats.  No, you would not see them for what they really are.They are so well disguised and rationalized, that it is hard to recognize that they are only our favorite stories of blame. It may be the job that you detest, … Continue reading Beyond All Excuses

S(he) who must not be named

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" said Shakespeare. And he was right.  The rose would continue to be what it is, regardless of what it was called. The question is would we appreciate it's beauty and fragrance as much? It is not a trivial question.  The extent to which we embrace, reject or … Continue reading S(he) who must not be named