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The Conscious Parenting Experience

                   The conscious parent? Well, conscious of what? Unconscious of what?                   The path to becoming conscious of who I authentically am; my purpose, my values, my worldview, my head and my heart, my boundaries and what I want to share with the world so that I can use those instruments and qualities to connect to my child helping him discover, facilitate all that he is. This is what makes the connection between child and parent spiritual; a connection of service and sacrifice. It is how two beings grow, independently yet together. Continue reading

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Poem: Negative Space

Writing is how I survive emotionally and intellectually. It is a tool used to help make sense of the experience in the world and least anchor myself into a safe space. Here is another poem from a book composed of poems and letters composed during pregnancy and that I continue to contribute to today. The poem is entitled “Negative Space.” Negative space is the space that surrounds an object in an image. The negative space and the object become interdependent in conveying an image. They both form the balance in an image. During pregnancy, this idea resonated with me; cells and the womb, a being and its mother living and growing together in their respective but complementary ways. This illustration formed by mother and child, of space and growth form the theme of Life.

Negative Space
The irony of the woman;
She, with her God, grow a Life
And for a lifetime live a love too strong.
The strength of a woman;
To witness that Life at a distance,
To be stronger than an attached Love
So that
Life may grow
Into itself.

 

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Ditch Your Cleanser, Try Beauty Sleeping with Potatoes!

wThe skin is an organ, it is the largest organ endowed to us.  Best we take care of it and use as close to “natural” ingredients as possible rather than a lather of chemicals. After trying many, many different cleansers and wondering exactly what those long words with numbers really mean on the ingredients list I have ditched store-bought cleansers and have found a nourishing alternative! The humble potato! The natural and bio-degradable ingredient for skincare! Continue reading

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A Cesarean Scar, A Lifeline

LifeLine – This Scar Stays

It is the space of transition; from womb to the world. It is a door, an entrance through which a being enters the world, his path. His path has and shall further intertwine with countless paths of others, with places and spaces, experiences and memories. This line, this scar, this formation of fibrous connective tissue is the most meaningful space on my body, behind it a lifetime began. It is a lifeline. Continue reading

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5 Days of Recipes : When cooking for the Vegetarian among Omnivores

It has become quite common in contemporary society that within a household lives a vegetarian among omnivores. It becomes time-consuming to cook separate meals for both “eaters” and so here are some recipes for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday, to which meat can be added.  I have included a day of veganism and a day of vegetarianism to allow the digestive system to “breathe.” The aim is to eat mostly in an Ayurvedic way and the go-to recipes are from Anjum Anand. The other recipes include my own, from The Yoga Kitchen from other cuisines.  Continue reading

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Why We Must Be In Tune With What We Love

In the scriptures of Hinduism two very important words are used regarding one’s path in life. The awareness and understanding of these words will shape your life, for lifetimes. These two Sanskrit words are swadharma and paradharma. Sva means one’s own and dharma in this context means nature so – one’s own nature. Para means alien and so meaning – alien nature. Are our goals harmonized with our innate nature? The answer is the difference between our spiritual evolution or de-evolution.  Continue reading