Bowing to Parents

Bowing to Parents

“We don’t believe in all that…” Recently, I heard a young adult saying this. We were discussing bowing to elders – a tradition that is a South Asian tradition for seeking blessings from family and older adults. I...

Fear

Fear

A mouse was in constant distress because it feared cats. God took pity on the mouse and turned it into a cat. But then it became fearful of dogs. So God turned it into a dog. But then it began to be scared of wolves. So God turned it into a wolf...

Limits and Constraints

Limits and Constraints

Twitter taught us how to write short, concise messages of 140 characters or less. But way before Twitter there was Haiku poetry, beautiful and impactful even though it was limited to three lines or 17 syllables. With both, Twitter and Haiku, we...

Giving Power Away

Giving Power Away

This past week, I gave someone the power to ruin my evening. We were at celebratory social event when a “friend” came up us and got belligerent and rude about something. I was so upset, I didn’t eat my dinner and we ended up...

Finding Purpose

Finding Purpose

About  three years ago I was feeling adrift. Not so much confused or isolated as “feeling adrift” may signify but more like not feeling fulfilled….dissatisfied with life..disconnected from a power source. I turned to God...

This is Life

This is Life

A very learned monk was crossing a forest when he realized that a tiger was following him. The monk was a bit worried. But he was a learned monk. So he let go of the worry and continued walking at a leisurely pace. Soon he came to precipice...

Mind Control

Mind Control

“Even when I’m praying, my mind wanders as I think about what so-and-so is doing or what I should make for dinner.” A friend said this to me today. I didn’t try to give her any advice. Cause I used to be the same a year...

What did you gain?

What did you gain?

For me, learning to meditate was a huge challenge.  But since meditation is one of the key components of all spiritual journeys, I had to learn how to do it. But it took me years and years to get started and make it a part of my daily routine...

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