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Surprise! Change Does Not Care What You Think About It.

I binge-watched a Netflix series last night: Bodkin, a murder mystery set in an Irish town/village. A group of podcasters goes there to solve three disappearances from decades ago. I just wanted to let go, so I chose this as it called out to me, and it was also in the top ten on Netflix. …

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Is There An Inner Child In All Of Us, Really?

My brother and his family are visiting India right now, and I am a little nostalgic because I am not with them. It is the peak of summer in India, which means time for mangoes and ‘nongu’, or ice apples. When my family was eating them in the village this time, one of our family …

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How To Gain Wisdom Through Suffering?

I have been reading this series of cosy mysteries set in the Cotswolds, UK, with Agatha Raisin, a fifty-year-old prickly woman, as the main character. I recommended this series to my father-in-law, and forty pages in it, he told me, ‘ She is not a nice person.’ I responded that she would grow on you, …

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Different Ways To Let Go When You Are Clinging?

I saw this movie on Netflix called – ‘Laapata Ladies’ roughly translated into ‘Missing Ladies’. It’s about rural India in the North where women, after marriage, wear a veil over their heads, cannot utter their husband’s name, and follow their husband. Since new brides wear the same kind of veil and all they can see …

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Most important question – Is the universe friendly?

I took a break for two weeks. In the weeks leading up to the break, I kept asking the universe how can I take care of myself more. And the universe provided – my husband was travelling for a week, and while I was talking to one of my best friends from London – she …

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Is It True? All Growth Starts Just Outside Of Comfort Zone

Imagine an elastic thread being pulled at both ends – when the first round of pulling happens, it’s okay; after all, that is the purpose, right? The second round of pulling is still good, but with more rounds, there has to be a point where the thread snaps in two.  Sometimes, my tolerance limit for …

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There Is No Selfless Act – Is There, Really?

I just returned from my Vipassana course, and this time, I was a server. For those of you unfamiliar with Vipassana, it is a meditation technique taught over ten days. I have been doing it for decades, and it continues to change my life. This time, I was serving on the course, as in serving the …

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We Think We Know It All, Don’t We?

I have lived in Ohio for more than a decade now. And I still resist it – it’s a love-and-hate relationship. I came to Columbus, Ohio, from London with a bit of resentment about the move. London, for those who don’t know, is where people who do not belong anywhere fit. I don’t belong anywhere. …

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What Does One Have To Do To Avoid Suffering?

Not have any expectations or expect them to be met. Yes, it’s that simple. In our heads, we come up with a scenario that should happen – it starts with a thought, and with repeated thinking, it becomes a reality in our heads. And when the universe/outside world does not follow our script, the reality …

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Being a rebel is pointless unless you know why.

I was a born rebel—one of those rebelling without a cause. Do not ask me why, but if you ask me to do something, my first instinct is not to do it, even though I will do it eventually. I have always been making my own rules – rules are meant to be broken sort …

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