Unleash Your Superpower of Kindness

A friend of mine came to our temple this week near tears. “What’s wrong?” I asked her. She told me she had just come from a funeral and was down in spirits. As she was parking before our meditation, a man angrily yelled at her that she was in his parking spot. Since she was dealing with a lot of stress at the time, this man’s aggressive behavior pushed her over the edge into tears. How different it would have … Read More

The Joy of Seclusion

“What do you do for fun?” This question was posed to me by a friend during his visit to Los Angeles. I found myself grasping for an answer to not seem totally boring, “Well… we go to the movies sometimes, umm… and we play tennis every now and then…” I was at a loss. I hadn’t stopped long enough to think about what I did for fun but now that it had been brought to my attention, it was getting … Read More

“I Am The Slide!”

  Has one of your family members ever sold you on a multi-level marketing product? Perhaps you’re currently using a magic lotion or potion that “will change your life.” My father sold me some interesting products over the years. Everything from magnets to water purifiers. I actually sold some of the magnets too! I remember wearing them all over my body and feeling like iron man (perhaps it was from attracting metal to myself!). I recall one time I was … Read More

In This World Mother, No One Can Love Me

Not even 2 months into our relationship, Narayan and I took a trip to the East Coast to visit his family. It seemed perfectly normal to me because I had a pretty good idea we were going to get married, however, I can see now why it was a bit odd to his family. They were only hearing about me for the first time, along with his announcement, “She’s coming with me in April!” We carried a harmonium with us … Read More

Overcoming Likes and Dislikes

I received an email last week from someone saying, “I don’t like you.” I can understand where they were coming from! There have been times when I haven’t liked myself. Yet, self-deprecation is not humility. Forgetting our little self by loving God and serving Him in all leads to true humility. Simple, but not always easy to do! The next day someone told me, “I didn’t like when you said…” They felt I had not heard their point of view. … Read More