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”

Are We There Yet?

“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all ofContinue reading “Are We There Yet?”