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Some Notes on my India Travels

Some Notes on my India Travels

I returned from my India vacation four days ago and am still dealing with jet lag. But I wanted to reach out to you and share some highlights of our family vacation. We spent Christmas with my husband’s side of the family and helped my sister-in-law bake a total of 15 cakes. The tree was… Continue Reading

Be The Love This Christmas

Be The Love This Christmas

As the holiday season gets noisier and busier and visually stimulating with bargain buys and tree-decorating and gift-shopping, allow yourself to stop. Take a breath. Sometimes in the rush of what’s-left-to-do and what-needs-to-get-done, it seems to me, that we lose the true spirit of the season. Christmas is about love. Giving. Sharing. Cheering up those… Continue Reading

What Your Soul Wants You to Know

What Your Soul Wants You to Know

9 years ago I saw something that changed the direction of my life. It was my beloved Amma’s body, draped in a silk sari, ready to begin her last journey to the crematorium. As I stared at her body and the one garment she was taking with her, a flood of questions filled my head.… Continue Reading

10 Quotes That Inspire You To Learn From Loss

10 Quotes That Inspire You To Learn From Loss

“When one door closes, another opens; but so often we look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.” Growth happens in the space between the two doors, the one that closed behind us and the one that’s waiting to open in front of us.… Continue Reading

7 Truths Children Teach Us About Grief & Loss

7 Truths Children Teach Us About Grief & Loss

It was a tiny worm that lived in a tiny box. And 5-year-old Kate had grown fond of it. One day, the worm lay dead in the box. Kate’s dad wondered how to break the news to her. “Sweetie…the worm…um…its body got really sick…um…and so…well, it stopped…” “Dad, did the worm die?” asked Kate. The… Continue Reading

Why Anger Feels Better Than Forgiveness

Why Anger Feels Better Than Forgiveness

I can’t forgive him for what he did to me. Can’t open myself up to being hurt again. She was clearly wrong…no doubt about it. I have said all of the above. Maybe so have you. To forgive someone I’m in a conflict with feels like being asked to write with my left hand (I’m… Continue Reading

How Looking Back Can Keep You Moving Forward

How Looking Back Can Keep You Moving Forward

Every single client of mine says some version of the following: “It’s six months after the loss…why am I still crying??!” “I’m trying everything I can but grief is still kicking my ass.” “I know I have a lot of healing work to do.” We’re so hard on ourselves. We don’t give ourselves a break.… Continue Reading

12 Ways In Which I Healed My Grief

12 Ways In Which I Healed My Grief

My mother’s death in January 2009, eight months after my husband, teenage daughter, and I moved from India to the U.S. dropped me into a dark hole. I was a stranger in a foreign country. I had no friends. I was learning to drive. And it was my first Chicago winter. As I struggled through… Continue Reading

Let’s Send Love to Las Vegas

Let’s Send Love to Las Vegas

What happened in Las Vegas on October 2 makes us sad, mad, and everything in between. It takes away our confidence and leaves us feeling helpless. We all feel some version of the following: The world is becoming worse, day by day. I can’t trust anyone anymore. I feel so unsafe. But every tragedy also… Continue Reading

8 Steps to An Easy Meditation Practice

8 Steps to An Easy Meditation Practice

In my last post, I tried to clear the cobwebs about common meditation myths. In this post, I’ll take you through a series of easy steps on how to get a meditation practice going without feeling like you’ll never get it right. Start with an intention. Whether it’s meditation or running a 5k it always… Continue Reading