#meditation

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┬áVipassana, 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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What you push away forcefully never goes away – Why?

‘If you push something away to get rid of it – you are still in touch with it’, says Ram Dass. Ram Dass was a spiritual teacher. But before he became Ram Dass, he was Dr. Richard Alpert, and you can read more about his fascinating journey at this link. In Summary, his life is very …

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That Feeling That You Need To Be Somewhere Else – Is That What Being Adrift Feels Like?

I finished watching a Netflix film titled, ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ meaning – Where did we get lost? It seemed apt, as I have recently found myself wondering that, too. Well, I take that back – it has been a recurring theme in my life that surfaces its head now and then. What am I …

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Want To Know Why I Love Challenges?

I don’t remember how old I was when I decided I wanted the corner office. It was one of those passing thoughts that one does not spend another second on, but it burrows deep in your psyche, becoming a driving force without you being aware. I love challenges – there, I have said it. I …

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Can Deep Connections Arise From Silence? Vipassana Diaries

Imagine a situation where you are secluded in a remote location with twenty other women. The location is self-sustaining, as in you have your room, your bathroom – food is provided. All the basic amenities are provided. And for nineteen days, you do not speak to each other, keep your eyes downcast and spend time …

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Old Age Does Not Have To Cause Suffering

As I mentioned in my last blog, I completed a ten-day Vipassana course. This was a special ten-day course. And that means this was only for old students who have done the course before. And not just old students but students who had sat 20 days, 30 days, 40 days – and some veterans in the …

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(How To) Stop The War Within to Stop The War Outside

I am sure most of us are following the Russia-Ukraine situation. And that probably brings up a range of emotions from fear to outrage, disbelief to despair. For me, I cannot get over the fact that we have humans (like you and me) in this day and age who believe that marching tanks into the …

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It is so noisy – No Wonder we cannot hear anything

I spent the weekend over in Maine – in the midst of nature. The more time I spend in nature, the more I begin to appreciate the wisdom nature has to impart. For example, every morning, we would go for a kayak ride in the lake. It is so beautiful in the morning, sounds of …

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Do Ducks need to go to Ivy League? And Humans?

A few weeks ago, we saw Mr and Mrs Duck looking for suitable accommodation for producing ducklings. They looked far and wide, from our sidewalk to the pond few blocks away. And our dog Aki was always excited to play with the ducks. And then we did not see them, so we assumed they had …

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Hole In The Tapestry Of Life

Imagine an intricate tapestry made of a rich fabric of vibrant colours. It is so huge that it covers the entire wall. You have never seen the wall behind the Tapestry. For you, the wall does not exist. You spend all your time admiring the Tapestry – so beautiful, so breathtaking. One day you see …

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