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Easter Detached From Religion

Easter for me means color, vibrancy, rebirth and springing into new things. This colorful lotus mandala I photographed in Nepal during Diwali, represents just that. Because the lotus rises from unclean water to blossom as a pure, uncontaminated flower, it is a symbol of purity and resurrection.     Unattached to organized religion, the idea of… Continue reading Easter Detached From Religion

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How To Practice Self-Love Without Being Selfish?

This weekend is a time for most singles around the world, including myself, to question the following: Why don’t I have a valentine? Having been single for almost three consecutive years now, after a 7 year relationship, 5 spent married, the reality shift and adjustment to “single ready to mingle” life was difficult. Throughout the past few years… Continue reading How To Practice Self-Love Without Being Selfish?

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5 Quick Tips On Cultivating Optimism Through Quietly Sitting for 5 Minutes 

In response to the Daily Post Photo Challenge titles Optimistic, I have chosen to display the practice of meditation and how it helps cultivate an optimistic state of mind. Optimism can be easily lost with all the hustle and bustle of our lives. Especially those of us who live in big cities and have to deal with… Continue reading 5 Quick Tips On Cultivating Optimism Through Quietly Sitting for 5 Minutes 

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LYFT Confessions: You’re in Jail in Your Own Mind

“I’m not even going to lie to you, I’m checking myself into jail right now” said she.  I’m not even going to lie to you, pride and ego aside, I’ve decided to drive for Lyft (and happily doing so) to get back on my feet after my four month (not so cheap) journey. In an… Continue reading LYFT Confessions: You’re in Jail in Your Own Mind

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The Way of the Sadhu

     Sādhus are men who renounce worldly pleasures, dedicating themselves to achieving moksa, liberation through meditation and contemplation of Brahman, God. These photos are taken near Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal, in Kathmandu. Sādhus often wear saffron-coloured clothing, symbolising their sannyāsa (renunciation). Would you be able to renounce your life in search of liberation, in a… Continue reading The Way of the Sadhu

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Three Hard Days in Kathmandu, Nepal

My previous visits to Armenia then a quick visit to Dubai wasn’t exactly an easy transition to Kathmandu. For a westerner who has travelled to many impoverished areas before, I have a sense of what kind of perspective shift is necessary when arriving to a new city, however there are just some levels of poverty… Continue reading Three Hard Days in Kathmandu, Nepal

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30 Day Silent Meditation at the Kopan Monastery in Nepal 

On November 14th, it will be be the first day of my silent mediation at the Kopan Monastery. I made the decision in September to quit my job, sublease my apartment and not return after my vacation in Spain. It was a difficult decision, but it was something I had to do. For 30 days… Continue reading 30 Day Silent Meditation at the Kopan Monastery in Nepal 

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The Imperfect, Fragile Lives Not Portrayed on Social Media 

I love having conversations with my friend and Ashtanga teacher about social media and yoga. Her recent response to the Huffington Post article titled “The Instagram Star Got Real About How Social Media Can Be” was great and motivated me to continue the conversation. The article is about Essena O’Neill, Instagram celebrity, who deletes account,… Continue reading The Imperfect, Fragile Lives Not Portrayed on Social Media