It Has to Be

“When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of.  This is pratipaksha bhavana.” –   Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, 2.33,  J. Carrera In 2008, my dad was laid off.  He was just another victim of the economic crunch that year.  His company, involved in cotton trade, laid off a lot of the “oldContinue reading “It Has to Be”

The Yoga of Outrage

“Anger leads to clouding of judgment, which results in bewilderment of the memory. When the memory is bewildered, the intellect gets destroyed; and when the intellect is destroyed, one is ruined. ” – The Bhagavad Gita, 2.63 I am angry.  I am angry because that feels better than being hopelessly sad.  I’m left with the sameContinue reading “The Yoga of Outrage”

Overexposure

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” –  Rabindranath Tagore For the past five years, the whole month of February I am weepy.  I don’t get out much other than to do the essentials like teaching or grocery shopping.  I notice that I spend many hours on the couch watchingContinue reading “Overexposure”

Love the One You’re With

“Well, there’s a rose in a fisted glove…” – Stephen Stills From the age 19 until about 27, I lived alone, and I liked it.  I didn’t particularly like being around people for long periods of time, and I was perfectly okay with that.  Around 2011, when my then-boyfriend, now-husband and I decided we should tryContinue reading “Love the One You’re With”

Words of Comfort

I’m homesick.  My family is going through some very troubling times, and I can’t be there to help. Honestly, if I could be there, I wouldn’t really be able to change anything anyway, but my mind says, “Shit, if I could just get down there, we could think of something!” I miss my dad.  I feel heContinue reading “Words of Comfort”