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… Read more

Navratri Holiday Party!

It was a hectic week last week. Had to do a lot of work to make sure I’ve got health insurance in the coming year. But I think we’ve done it! I’m so grateful to my friend Sarah who helped me every step of the way, even bringing her two little kids to the health office so I could get signed up in person.  But today it is time to celebrate. Brad’s school is having their holiday party and I’m… Read more

The Misunderstanding of Me

“I alone am Brahma” -Ribhu Gita “No one comes to the Father but through Me” -Jesus, the Bible “Controlling the mind and fixing it on Me, sit in meditation with Me as your only goal.” -Krishna, Bhagavad Gita If you believe that the speakers of these sentences were speaking of “Me” as their own individual current embodiment then you’d become an exclusivist, believing that there’s only  image of God that will get you to your goal (heaven, moksha, etc.) But… Read more

Hindus and Charity

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Charitable Giving. Read other perspectives here. For December Patheos has asked us bloggers to write about charitable giving and why we do it. They say this is the time of year for gifts and giving. There aren’t really gift-giving holidays in December for Hindus but charity is something for all year round and it’s always a good time to talk about giving. Just as some people in America see… Read more

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… Read more

Quick update

Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m doing okay. Still not feeling good but I got a prescription for Zoloft and I’m giving that a try. My local friends have been coming by and keeping me from getting isolated. I’m hopeful that I’ll feel back to myself soon. I want you to know that as down as I feel I am not in any danger. I would never harm myself (particularly knowing that I would just reincarnate and face… Read more

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… Read more

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… YouTube My 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… Read more

The Truth About Gender

When I was a teenager I wrote some articles for an anti-feminist website. Now, many years later, I consider myself a feminist. Because I learned that it means believing that women are human beings and people have equal rights. Women don’t need to have advantages over men just as men don’t need to have advantages over women. We can all co-exist as equals.  There is a trap that a lot of people fall into of thinking that how they experience… Read more

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’)… Read more

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