Deconstructing the Art of Surrendering

  “Surrender, Surrender, Surrender…”  I return to my favourite yoga class week after week for the chime of this word, for the serenity it brings. A word that rolls off the tongue, offering kindness and compassion, yet whose very definition portrays an image of weakness and powerlessness. According to Merriam-Webster, there are three definitions for the word Surrender: 1) to agree to stop fighting, hiding, resisting, etc., because...

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Driven or Present? (Published in Parvati Magazine)

Achievement is a glorified term, as it is identified with strength, perseverance, intelligence, and success. We think of the triathlete who crosses the finish line, the successful entrepreneur, the advanced yogi who can handstand, the accomplished scholar. We imagine the finish line, the closing curtains during a standing ovation, the goal attained. In this light, Achievement is beautiful. However, the notion of achievement, rooted in the belief...

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Equilibrium

Equilibrium is defined as a state of physical balance, a state that we spend the majority of our lives fighting to obtain. All cultures, sciences, psychologies, and religions have established guidelines to define and measure this balance. However, I ask: What is equilibrium in essence? From the moment we are born, we are sponges to our surroundings, accumulating helpful and unhelpful methods to perceive ourselves and the world around us....

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I Open My Eyes

(To all Women who have ever doubted Themselves or their Bodies) I open my eyes, and stare into the mirror. I stare so long that my eyes blur, and my feet get tired from standing. I stare until I can no longer make sense of all the curves, and shapes, and lines that define my body. I observe in myself that I am triggered by my own body.  I observe in myself that I am triggered by my inability to control my body, its functioning, its shapes,...

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Sobriety

  What is Sobriety? There is one definition that many of us are all too familiar with: The abstinence from alcohol, drugs and any mood-altering substances.  Thus, the term “sobriety” is often thought of as the opposite of being “under the influence” of some form of mood and mind-altering substance. I would like to talk about another definition of this term. Wikipedia offers one definition of “sobriety” as “the natural state...

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A Year of Empowerment

  2013 has been a year of energetic shifts, universal upheaval and personal growth. After all, the Mayan calendar predicted that the world would end on the Winter Solstice of 2012. Obviously that didn’t happen, but here is what did happen: The beginning of 2013 was accompanied by loss and emotional discomfort, where the grounding beneath us often felt unsafe and unsteady. On an energetic level, the world experienced a shift with the end...

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