Tag Archives: awareness

The shape of pain

Common Zen wisdom says to observe everything and stay in the present moment. This is where joy is. Observing everything means even the nasty parts, like pain. Have you ever explored what pain feels like? For me, I’ll readily admit … Continue reading

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Learning acceptance from a mangy dog

The skinny dog limped onto the road. Her ribs stuck out, a thin fur hanging unevenly over them. There was no one on the road at this time of the day; every sane soul was taking shelter from the sharp … Continue reading

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Summer Dusk

When was the last time you sat still and let the sinking, evening sun kiss your cheek goodbye? I mean, simply sat, doing nothing, unmoving, so that the fleeting rays could sneak one last peck before the night arrived? It … Continue reading

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Friendliness is everywhere

Tired from a lingering cold, I nevertheless dragged myself out for a short afternoon walk. I had been cooped up inside for too long. Winter in Mumbai is sheer pleasantness and I wanted to take advantage of the cool, sunny … Continue reading

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On Unpleasant Things And What They Teach Us

The yellowed, dying leaf drifted slowly towards the ground. Its green brothers, luminous and firm, watched silently. In the next instant, the wind moved playfully through them, as if the yellow leaf had never existed. I took a sip of … Continue reading

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The moment between

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, there is a moment between an action and its reaction. A small moment, but a distinct, pristine, unique moment nonetheless. Like a pause. The pause after an inhaled breath and before its exhalation. Nothing … Continue reading

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How To Eat

This topic is absurd. Such are the days. Eating used to be easy. I didn’t think about eating except when I was hungry. I knew what to eat. I ate till I was full and then stopped. That’s it. And … Continue reading

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