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Full Moon in Taurus

“Just when the caterpillar thought that the world was over, it became a beautiful butterfly.” Yes, my friends, this full moon is all about transformation. Today we can take a moment to rediscover ourselves. In our world, we often define ourselves by our possessions and obsessions. Sometimes these possessions and obsessions are more about compensating for what we think we lack and less about who…

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Basking in the Glow

Every day last week I had an Ayurvedic massage or Abyhanga. The treatment cannot be compared to a Swedish massage. They are worlds apart. Ayurveda in general uses many medicated oils or thailams. The oils are just as important as the techniques. Most thailams are still made using recipes that are thousands of years old. The ones that are chosen for me help to soothe…

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The Light Within

The first week ended on a high note. On Wednesday morning, the school administration turned on the TV and allowed us to watch the results of the US elections. Students and administrators from all over the world celebrated when they heard of Obama‘s victory. I went to my first restaurant called Cool Land. When the owner found out the we were from the States…

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Down to Earth

It takes a while to get adjusted. My jet lag is not the one that creates a feeling of exhaustion but rather a sensation of floating with my feet hovering just above the earth. There is a disconnection. It is as if I am not plugged in. In preparation, I created three special Travel Oil Blends: one used during flight; one used at landing and…

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God’s Own Country

My six-hour flight got me to Kozhikode, Kerala at 8:30 pm. Kerala’s motto is “Daivathinte Swantham Nadu” meaning God’s Own Country. It is called so because of the abundance of natural beauty. The airport is obviously the exception. It stood in sharp contrast to Dubai’s airport. There were dreary concrete walls, no bright lights and at night there was not…

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Gateway to Hope

Phase two of my journey… my flight to Dubai was a long 12 hours. This was a fact that I tried to hide from myself for as long as possible. When I first shared the news of my impending departure, inevitably the first question that many asked was, ” How long is your flight?” My response was always a truthful, “I don’t know.” I knew…

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Journeys Must Be Taken

Hurricane Sandy delayed my trip for several days but that was the only inconvenience. My friend’s Park Slope home never lost power. There was no loss of life or damage of property for her. I rode out the storm in a warm place and in the company of friends. I was truly one of the lucky ones to have remain unscathed by Sandy. My…

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Looking Into the Light

The time has come. And the countdown has started. It feels like a New Year. It feels like a new me. In ten days, I will be on my way to India. Naturally, people ask, “Why India?” There is a valid explanation as this blog will soon be revealed. Every time that I am asked, though, one of Beethoven’s quotes flickers across my mind…

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Blessings

The drums called me. I had just gotten home from a delicious lunch. It was much different from the one last week that got me sick. Last Monday, I spent an evening purging from top and bottom. Most unpleasant. This is especially true when both are happening at the same time. Nevertheless, the most vivid memory of that day was the constant care that was…

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