But how do we know? How can we tell whether that still, small voice is coming from the mind or the heart? If our search is for a life like this, filled with love and bliss and freedom, we must learn to judge our own desires and determine their origin—the heart or the mind—and our own motivation. When we want something, is it because it will satisfy our ego, or because it will satisfy our soul?
There is no place ...read more
My own transition into womanhood was painfully lacking in warmth or empowerment. How was the day of Your first period? Was it an inspiring experience? Or is there a knot at the pit of your stomach when you think about it?
Our Inner Maiden, the coming-of-age girl we once were, is left inside us hanging, often shamed... read more
It is a rare person who can review their life without resorting to spin; after all, who among us truly wants to portray ourselves publicly, warts and all? Ann BeCoy, in writing about her year in India in 1972, has achieved this feat and taken the reader inside the mind of a naïve 19-year old from Toronto who accidentally finds herself on a continent about which she knows absolutely nothing... read more
Animals emit fear, stress and pain when they are being killed or waiting to be slaughtered. These hormones lead to a number of serious diseases when humans consume this meat. More in-depth investigations of the problem show that industrial (or factory) farms often make animals live in unhygienic and inhumane conditions with no access to pasture, transparent air or daylight... read more
Last year I took a two-month solo trip to India. There were many reasons for taking this journey, but the most important one of all was the one dictated by my higher self. I heard a very loud whisper in my heart that told me it was time for me to go…
In the last years before my trip, I had experienced a sort of existential despair that I think was based on the following: Our ability to dream is constantly challenged by society’s viewpoint... read more
(Jan 21 - Feb 18)
It has long been speculated that every human being has a doppelganger, or living double, somewhere on the earth. This month, you will meet your doppelganger quite accidentally in the dentist’s office, where you discover that not only do you look like twins, but you both have gingivitis. A beautiful friendship is born, which will result in lots of hilarious dating hijinks and a solemn pact to encourage...read more
Quite suddenly one morning, a flash flood swept through Mulla Nasruddin’s village. He barely managed to scramble to the roof of his house—and then it began to rain. “I am not afraid!” Mulla yelled up at the storm. “If I have faith, God will save me!”
The water continued to rise. Presently, a wooden raft floated by with two children on it. “Climb on, Mulla!” they called. ...read full story
“And there’s Brook, coming out of the bathroom.” My grandmother said these words with so much love, such complete joy—as if she were witness to a gift, a miracle, some awe-inspiring stellar phenomena or a comet that comes only once in a lifetime. She beamed at me, following me with her eyes as I awkwardly tried to close the enormous bathroom door behind me and made my way back to my place at the foot of the hospital... read more
“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe” (Lao Tzu). Trust in the universe. This is the best pasta in the universe! People mean different things when they say “universe.” What does “universe” really mean?
One common understanding is that the universe means the totality of existence—everything that stretches out from our own small eyes...read more
In most of the world, the most extravagant and magnificent cultural festivals and holidays come near the end of the year. They bring joy, togetherness and a communal feeling of love and warmth; in the Northern hemisphere, these celebrations serve to lift our spirits just as the cold winter weather sets in. The excitement and anticipation of the holidays, in the days... read more