December 10, 2018

When I did a YouTube Live QA recently (check out the youtube channel for a replay of that) one of the major topics that came up was meditation and how beneficial it is. Meditation is something that I’ve struggled with. I know that it has enormous benefits, from improving health to giving our reaction times enough space to be more considered in our speech and action. I also know that it’s damn hard. Meditation is simple, but far from easy…. Read more

November 8, 2018

The Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple has been putting on some wonderful programs (Like our panel about being a non-Indian Hindu, which I’m still trying to figure out if there is a video of). This week they had a panel about mental health and Hinduism. As a Hindu with clinical depression, I knew I had to be there. I was a little late and missed the introductions but the panelists seemed to all be mental health professionals and dedicated Hindus. It… Read more

October 30, 2018

Karwa Chauth can be a bit of a controversial festival because of it being something women do for men. I don’t know if I believe that me fasting benefits my husband but I still like to do it. It’s definitely not necessary and is only a tradition in some parts of India. But I find fasting increases my mindfulness because I have to stop and think before unconsciously munching. I also like the sisterhood of it. At the bottom of… Read more

October 23, 2018

Got another character on my Facebook page. Someone trying to talk me into Christianity. This happens once in a while, since some branches of Christianity teach their followers that there is only one answer to life and its name is Jesus. I’m having a fine conversation with this fellow (an Indian Christian). It does seem like he is following some kind of script on how to convert Hindus. But he doesn’t know what he’s in for because I do have… Read more

October 12, 2018

This is the strangest conversation I have ever been a part of. I am pretty flabbergasted. From my Facebook page: Harshvardhan Singh N what makes you feel navratri has anything related to women ?Dont u knw difference between Goddess and women? The White Hindu There is no difference between Goddesses and Women. We are all divine. We all have God within us equally. The Goddesses are manifested in women as the Gods are in men. Harshvardhan Singh Show proof of your bullshit from… Read more

October 11, 2018

Sometimes one person suffers so much that it boggles the mind. It’s very hard, probably actually impossible, to understand why one person would have to shoulder such a burden. While I do believe in karma and perfect justice, it doesn’t feel right to say that someone deserved their fate. I think that’s a way for us to comfort ourselves. To say that person deserved it so it’s okay. And that can actually be really horrible. I think karma is more… Read more

October 10, 2018

You know what? I feel really content and a peaceful bliss. I’m not sure exactly what shifted but there’s been a few things that changed that allowed me to experience a deeper contentment and happiness than ever before in my life. I’m not pregnant anymore! I struggle with very intense clinical depression when I’m pregnant, not to mention being tired and achy and nauseous, etc. I didn’t cook at all the entire nine months I was pregnant. We mostly lived… Read more

October 5, 2018

The past few weeks have been very rough on women in America. I don’t know about women elsewhere and how much is getting reported about our current situation. It’s all been touched off by a man being nominated to join the Supreme Court. This would be a lifetime appointment and he would have significant influence over how our laws are interpreted. A woman came forward to say that he had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. The arguments and… Read more

October 4, 2018

On Wednesday, Garrick Ravi’s day off from school, we made it over to the temple for the morning puja. It was a less than twenty minute drive and no highways. Very pleasant. I didn’t realize, but should have, that it is a smaller temple than Sri Shiva Vishnu, so we were actually the only people there other than the priest! He was super nice. He stopped what he was doing and came over to talk to us. He brought us… Read more

September 21, 2018

Our family has moved. It was a crazy hectic summer as we sold our house and bought a new one about an hour north (not to mention also having a baby!) I have to admit I was not a very regular atendee at any of the (multitude of) temples in my previous area. We were close to Silver Spring, MD, which is packed with Hindu temples. I want to get in the routine of visiting a temple regularly, particularly now… Read more

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