Deja Vu and the Present Moment

One day I was reading Cracked.com (if you've never been there, be careful. It will suck you in for hours!) and I came across a story about a condition of more intense than usual deja vu. Instantly I recognized what they were talking about. I hadn't stopped to think much about it but for most of my life I have experienced a lot of deja vu very frequently. It's not nearly as bad as the guy in the article, but I too have an "inception" experience of deja vu. Most times when I get it I also get the … [Read more...]


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Hello, 2016

2015 has been a huge year for me. I used to feel like I was behind in life accomplishments and being where I wanted to be. But in the last few years Brad and I have been catching up at an incredible speed! We met, next year we got married, next year we bought a house, next year we got pregnant (we started trying, in all honesty, a little bit before we got married!).In 2015 I went back to India for my second trip there. I felt the spiritual energy like never before and got a blessing from my … [Read more...]


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The Pressure of the Perfect Pregnancy

In some ways media makes you think that pregnancy is a time for fulfilling your every whim, getting foot rubs, eating whatever strikes your fancy, and having strangers be extra nice to you. In reality the pressure to do everything perfectly increases enormously when pregnant. You may go in thinking that now is the time when I can eat mac and cheese guilt free, but during pregnancy there is no such thing as guilt free.You scrutinize everything you eat knowing that it will effect your baby and … [Read more...]


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On Medication

I'm feeling a lot better than I was last week. Not 100% but a lot better.I went to see my midwife and I was a total wreck. She prescribed me Zoloft, which is thought to be safer in pregnancy than a depressed mother-to-be. Though it takes a few weeks to build up to its full effect, I actually started feeling better after about three days. It was hard to tell exactly. I couldn't see what was different, yet my tone of voice was lighter in a way that my husband and my mother both noticed.I … [Read more...]


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Antenatal Depression

Many of you know that I've struggled with depression in the past (see my post on Hinduism and Depression). I thought that it was resolved and mostly behind me, that I could effectively deal with any little flareups. But within weeks of becoming pregnant it was back in full force.This feels deeply unfair. I'm finally getting everything that I wanted in life, the baby that I worked so hard for, and I can't enjoy it. Depression is in no way logical. I mean, yes you can be situationally … [Read more...]


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Where To Find Me On The Web

I thought it would be nice to gather my usernames on various social media sites and get them all in one place! In case you want to follow me elsewhere and maybe see other little tidbits and aspects of my life...YouTubeMy YouTube channel is here. I post videos occasionally, but I'm planning to do a bunch more. My husband and I are starting a video series where we playfully debate with each other on various philosophical issues. I'd like to turn it into a podcast eventually. I'm thinking … [Read more...]


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Making Connections

This past weekend I was at a conference in Massachusetts. One of the talks that I went to was about cultural misappropriation, which is always a good topic for me to engage with. There wasn't a lot of new information for me, but it was good to talk about it with new people and get new perspectives.One thing the moderator brought up was the idea that if you are taking something from traditions that aren't yours (or your ancestors') then you have to give back to the tradition in some way. And … [Read more...]


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I Don’t Like Kimmy Schmidt (What It’s Really Like to Leave a Cult)

There's a show now created by Tina Fey (whose work I do like) called The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And it's doing quite well, which really surprises me. I watched the first few episodes and found it so absurdly unrealistic that I couldn't continue. The premise is that Kimmy Schmidt was one of three young women in a doomsday cult kept underground in a bunker but that her spirit and hope was never broken and once she is liberated she uses that Pollyanna optimism to succeed in life.The people w … [Read more...]


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White Hindu Conversations Part Six

Someone on Facebook in a Hindu group posts a chart of Hinduism and for modern philosophies it includes only Advaita. A man comments that he's a born Hindu and doesn't see himself represented. I note that the chart seems to be missing quite a few sects, branches, and philosophies.His response? Hindu is group of sects and sect are not rigid like abrahamic religions So I'm agreeing with him that he doesn't seem to be represented but his response is to make enormous assumptions about me and my … [Read more...]


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