Are We All Mad?

Are We All Mad?

What Do Highly Creative People, Spiritual Seekers, Addicts and Mad Men Have In Common?

A handful of creative geniuses in the 1950’s defined a generation, ushered in the counter-culture of the hippies and became the progenitors of the new age movement of eastern spirituality and Yoga, as well as the modern day hipsters. They were celebrated for their non-conformity, rebellion, rejection of materialism, eastern mysticism and spontaneous creativity. 

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The Fire that Cooks Emotions

The Fire that Cooks Emotions

In the 1990's two psychologist coined the term emotional intelligence or EQ. They defined it as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Their groundbreaking work showed that EQ was a better indicator of long term success than IQ. 
 

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Prison of the Past: Compassion of the Present

Prison of the Past: Compassion of the Present

All of us rarely have a true encounter with the people and events in our life because past events and memories shape our current perceptions by creating a filter through which we interact with the world. Our mind is like an “anticipation machine” that continually prepares itself for the future based on what has happened in the past. It often prejudges in coming experiences and forces us to assume the outcome before it occurs, as it has already decided what is good and bad .
 

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Qualities of a True Yogi

Qualities of a True Yogi

As the term “Yogi and enters deeper into the English lexicon, I have come to accept that this word is often being used to describe someone who enjoys doing Asana Yoga a lot!! While, I welcome this exalted word into the English, I am concerned that if we embrace this revered ancient word with so little qualifications the true qualities of a Yogi, that are every soul’s higher aspirations, may also get lost in the process.
 

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Saturn Hates Me (Part 2), Remedies

Saturn Hates Me (Part 2), Remedies

One of my favorite authors, Anis Nin once wrote “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are”. 

The moon in our horoscope indicates where we are most at “home” and is thus our own unique filter through which we see things. Everything that we come into contact with passes through our moon/mind and is processed into feelings, which drive our actions.

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Saturn Hates Me Not (Sade Sati)

Saturn Hates Me Not (Sade Sati)

Sade Sati is a challenging transit of Saturn only because we have been conditioned to avoid “negative” feelings, thoughts and experiences at all costs. Astrologically, in this period our natal Moon, which is our emotional filter, comes face to face with the pragmatic and sober karmic task master Saturn, who wants us to face the the limits of the personality.
 

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Tiger Mothers - Jupiter VS Saturn Parenting

Tiger Mothers - Jupiter VS Saturn Parenting

A book by Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has fueled controversy worldwide ever since the Wall Street Journal published the editorial “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”.  Other articles like, “The World on Fire” and Time magazine’s cover story this week, “Parenting Memoir Raises American Fears”, have brought the debate of the merits of Asian style discipline to the front pages of our lives.

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Your Moon Mind

Your Moon Mind

In Vedic Astrology the Moon is called manas, or mind, as it signifies our psychological make-up and the type of emotional filter through which we engage with life. The Moon also signifies our lunar impulses and our Mother. It’s house/sign placement and the planetary influences upon it in the horoscope shows where we are “at home” and where we keep going back to, often even if it no longer serves us well.
 

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