Intro RSS



A commentary on the Practice of Compassion

 The etymology of the word "Practice" reveals that it's rooted in employing or carrying on in a profession - especially medicine. The same for "Compassion" indicates - suffering for another. I am struck by the deeper implication and a more direct attribution to healing than I knew earlier. Practice in anything - positive or negative triggers greater mastery, comfort, and competence. How does the practice of compassion sit in our lives? It is here that I examine observations from Ram Dass, a disciple of Neem Karoli Baba from India.  According to Ram Dass, a Guru in India once told him that he can have a mantra (a sacred message, an instrument of thought) that would make him enormously wealthy. He told...

Continue reading



I took a break out of my busy-ness and found Ganesha

  My Indian sisters Nandita and Ranjita and I decided to go for a walk this evening to break up the mundane pattern that we have gotten used to. I have been working round the clock these days and they seem to be busy with their own chores. After all, they run a guest-house and there is always something for them to do. It was around 5:30 pm when we set off! I catch myself thinking that I need to get out more - I hardly even know my own neighborhood, it’s back-streets or what the other houses look like. I wonder about the people that are on the street and why? Likewise for the dogs too. It felt great...

Continue reading



Sound Therapy

When our natural frequencies become “out of tune”, the body may become out of balance and we become ill. The same vibrations that can cause us to become unhealthy can also be used to restore the vibrations in our original constitution. Sound healing makes it possible for our vibratory patterns to return to their natural states. Sound not only heals physical, mental and emotional discomfort or trauma, but it also helps to progress on our spiritual journey as some sound leads us to higher levels of consciousness. Sound is the seed of matter. It has unlimited abilities to assist in healing and human transformation. Sound for Vata - favor music that is slow, soft with sustained sounds. Classical music (especially...

Continue reading



The Doshas and their attributes

Ayurveda posits that there are 5 master elements that make up everything in existence both internally and externally. Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Space has to be there for anything to exist, air has the qualities of movement and change, fire represents heat - direct and transformational, water is cohesive and protective and earth is solid, grounded and stable.  From these 5 elements, we come to 3 primary patterns or biological forces that exist within us known as doshas. Vata (space + air), Pitta (fire + water), Kapha (water + earth). Each of these doshas have their own characteristics and each and every one of us has these elements within us in varying proportions. Understanding how these elements manifest within...

Continue reading