Paramahamsa Vishwananda, my Guru, gave two incredible Darshans in London in April, 2016. I got such a huge blessing of being able to attend both events.
As you know, I live in Toronto now. You may also know that I used to live in London. My spiritual family is in London since that’s the place where I had my first awakening. It was so nice to be able to be back there for Darshan with Guruji.
Interested in receiving Darshan from Paramahamsa Vishwananda? Check out the official event calendar of Bhakti Marga here.
Some more pics from my trip below.
That’s me in the blue sari.
That me behind Guruji! I got to assist with the event.
At Toronto airport, on my way!
Arriving in Leyton. Never thought I’d be back here so soon.
You want to meditate but every time you sit down to meditate, your mind starts going a hundred miles an hour and you get more stressed out that you were before you even started!
In this video, I talk about three essential meditation tips that will help you to calm your mind and get through the meditation you want to do.
Meditation is a hot new thing to do now, but it’s been around for thousands of years. This is not something new but just like thick eyebrows and hipster moustaches, it is coming back into fashion. And this is a good thing!
The world needs meditation.
Why? Because when people meditate, the consciousness of the entire community around that person rises. When enough people meditate, a blanket effect is created on the entire population and everyone benefits. The planet, Mother Earth also benefits because meditation is healing for our environment as well as our brain and our body.
If you are trying to meditate and your brain just won’t shut up, here are three things you can try out.
Three meditation tips to calm your brain down
I’m a meditation teacher and I teach Atma Kriya Yoga meditation and also Simply Meditation. I’ve also been meditating almost every single day for that last three years. For someone who has the discipline of a lazy cat, that’s a big deal. When you try to meditate daily for such a long time, you get to experience all the resistance that comes up during meditation.
For someone who has the discipline of a lazy cat, that’s a big deal. When you’ve been trying to meditate daily for such a long period of time, you would have experienced all the resistance that comes up to meditation.
I’m simply sharing the top three things that have helped me to meditate regularly throughout all this time.
Be a little bit stubborn when it comes to meditation
The first thing to try if your mind just won’t shut up when you try to meditate is to sit there and be stubborn about it. Don’t let yourself give up and get up. Just try to get through five minutes, no matter what comes up.
If you give in to the loud chatter in your brain, then you won’t get anywhere.
But, this comes with the absolutely essential second part, which is to be gentle and kind to yourself.
Meditation is about being kind to yourself
If you are willing to give it a try and be stubborn enough to sit through at least five minutes of meditation a day, it is absolutely necessary to be gentle on yourself as well.
This means, not being mean to yourself, not saying mean things to yourself in your head and being patient and loving to yourself just for trying.
Love meditation and meditate for love
Finally, the third tip I have is to incorporate LOVE into your meditation. This is the key to meditation.
An easy way to do this is to think of a loving memory, a memory in which you experienced unconditional love. Once you have that, start your meditation.
I hope these tips help you to have a regular meditation practice, no matter how loud your mind gets when you try to meditate.
But before you go off and get into your zone, I want to hear from you. What is the biggest challenge for you when you try to meditate? It could be anything, like maybe someone in the house is distracting you, or you just can’t get comfortable or something else throws you off.
I want to know! So put in the comments below the biggest challenge you have when you try to meditate.
And check out my free 5 day meditation course here.
I got the incredible opportunity to teach an Atma Kriya Yoga workshop in NYC! The Big Apple! The city that never sleeps! I am still recovering for the awesomeness of the experience. Check out the highlights from the workshop here.
The very first OM Chanting circle ever held in Mississauga was on January 31, 2016. It was at a beautiful yoga studio on Financial Drive, called YogaVision.
It was the largest OM Chanting I’ve ever organized on my own and I went through a roller coaster of emotions in the planning process and in the lead up to it.
At first, there was the inspiration and insight! This is when I got the idea to approach the owner of the studio, who I had met a few months prior via my friend Leyla Razeghi and ask her to collaborate. She must have sensed my enthusiasm, because she agreed.
That’s my mom registering herself for the event at YogaVision!
The second stage was unstoppable drive! At this stage, I thought I could take on the world and get 60 people in the circle. It was childlike enthusiasm and looking back, it was an essential part of the process. It was during this stage that I did a lot of marketing for the event like telling my friends personally, creating Facebook events, putting up ads on Facebook and other social media.
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The third stage was the strategy stage. At this point, I was thinking long term. At this point, the event became bigger than itself. It became a step in a long road to spread OM Chanting even further and to spreading Atma Kriya Yoga, of which OM Chanting is a small part.
I wanted to invite all the participants of this OM Chanting circle to an upcoming Atma Kriya Yoga course that I was teaching in Toronto. To create an attractive invitation, I made goodie bags and filled them with a chocolate and a personal invitation to the course.
The goodie bags and invitations for the Atma Kriya Yoga course in Toronto.
The fourth stage was nervousness and this hit me the day of the OM Chanting. I felt less confident and I felt like I was overstepping my co-host at the yoga studio. This lead me to play small, not take up the full authority I should have as the leader of this circle.
Looking back, I wish I hadn’t doubted myself. I wish I had been fully there, in my full capability as a confident teacher and speaker instead of playing small. This would surely have created an even richer experience for the 34 participants of the OM Chanting.
The fifth stage was relief. It came at the end of the chanting and I let myself relax after it was done. It was a great time for socializing and answering questions and I did my best to do so and represent OM Chanting, Atma Kriya Yoga, Bhakti Marga and my Guruji, Sri Swami Vishwanda as best as I could.
Many people were receptive to it and asked lots of questions. Some might have preferred that I share information only about OM Chanting and not about its roots within Bhakti Marga or its origins from Sri Swami Vishwananda, but I don’t believe I had any other option. I had to speak from the heart and I did.
I wish to thank every single person who came along to experience OM Chanting circle in Mississauga for bringing your amazing energy and smiling faces to the event. I’d like to thank Salimah, the owner of YogaVision for making this incredible experience possible.
And finally, I hope to see some of you in the future at another OM Chanting event or in an upcoming meditation class with me!
If you’ve ever wondered how to stop cheating on your boyfriend, then you’re not alone. And you’re not a bad person even if you have cheating tendencies. The real cause might be something much deeper than just wanting to cheat.
Maybe you’ve been in a relationship but then someone else came into your life and you started thinking about them a little more than you honestly should be, then be careful! You might have cheating tendencies! But don’t worry. There is hope.
So… cheating. It’s a touchy subject. People don’t want to admit that they are cheaters. But let’s be honest, we are human beings. We have these tendencies within us and they are natural, but that does not mean we have to fall into this trap that our human nature has predisposed us to. Just because we have an instinct, does NOT mean we have to indulge it.
The Three Types of Cheating
There are 3 types of cheating that I will talk about today. 1. Cheating on your partner. 2. Cheating on yourself. 3. Cheating on your spiritual path.
How To Stop Cheating On Your Partner
First let’s talk about cheating on your partner. I’ve been in the place of being cheated on and being the cheater, at least emotionally, and neither spot is a good place to be. It’s pretty awful. If you are in a relationship and you feel like you want to cheat, here’s the number one thing you need to do.
Start to create distance between the guy or girl you are feeling attracted to or falling in love with. Just stop hanging out! Stop texting. Stop Tweeting at him. Stop liking his posts on Facebook. Just stop sending these signals!
Now the chances are that he is feeling something towards you too so he’s going to keep sending those “Likes” your way, and those Tweets, and those texts.
It doesn’t matter.
Your only job at this stage is to create DISTANCE. It’s the ONLY thing that will save you from the disgrace you will feel from cheating.
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How To Stop Cheating On Yourself
The second type of cheating I want to talk about is cheating on yourself. Huh? How can you cheat on yourself?
Here’s what it looks like.
Do you prioritize others over yourself? Do you neglect your self-care and chase after others in your head? Do you spend hours thinking about work, other people, gossip, whatever instead of giving yourself what you really need?
What you really need might be that trip to the salon, or to the gym to your favourite fitness class or sitting your ass down on your meditation pillow and meditating. Giving your mind a break! And giving yourself some love.
Cheating on yourself is when you KNOW you need one thing but you purposely do something else.
How to stop cheating on yourself?
The answer is Love and dedication.
Dedicate that time when you take care of yourself to someone else. Dedicate it to someone you love so much that by being in a better place yourself, you are more able to serve that person.
So, out of love for that person, you lovingly take care of yourself as well.
For example, if you’ve been going crazy in your head thinking about work and bitchy girlfriends or grumpy people at work that you have neglected taking care of yourself. Your hair looks like a mess and your nails are chipped.
But let’s say you have a boyfriend who you love so much and being in a good place mentally and emotionally makes you a more pleasant partner and makes you stronger to take care him and your relationship. So out of your love for him and out of love for your relationship, you take yourself to the salon, you get your hair done and your nails done, you elevate your own mood and you are a bundle of joy when you hang out with your man instead of being a mess.
In short, to stop cheating on yourself, take care of yourself.
How To Stop Cheating On Your Spiritual Path
The third kind of cheating I want to talk about is on your spiritual path and on your Guru. If you find yourself that you are hopping around from one spiritual path to another, from one meditation style to another and from one spiritual teacher to another, then your cheating tendencies in your others areas of life, like in your romantic relationships and on yourself will affect your spiritual path as well.
If you are not used to 100% commitment, loyalty and faithfulness towards a relationship and towards yourself, then it’s natural that you will have the same tendency towards spirituality.
How to stop cheating on your spiritual path is actually inclusion and not exclusion. It is actually about staying openminded instead of closing yourself off to others.
But most importantly, it is trusting in your heart and trusting in your experiences.
If you have ever felt something, if you have been moved into changing through an experience, then trust that. Trust that what you felt is real. And when you find something that feels so real, hang onto it! Be loyal! Be faithful. Be kind.
Practice distance from the next shiny object that comes your way and tries to distract you. Take care of yourself so that you are better capable of serving on your spiritual path.
Cheating Is Normal, But…
Cheating is one of those things that are a part of our human nature. But I know you are a good person, you have a good heart and underneath everything, you are so pure. And you can stop cheating. I believe in you.
Lots of love,
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If you’ve kept up with my secret little updates on Instagram, you might know that I have a new name now. It is Ananga Manjari Dasi! That’s my spiritual name given to me by my Guru, Sri Swami Vishwananda.
That name inspired me to make this vlog on service because “Dasi” means service.
How do you define service? How important is it to you to be of service to others? Do you think that it is something that’s needed in your workplace? How can you improve your situation with service?
I’d love to know, so comment below and let me know!
February is a much better month than January, isn’t it? By now, you have recovered from the extreme eating of the Christmas season, the big partying of NYE and getting over the January blues.
February is much more optimistic. It’s the month that celebrates love. That can be a little scary and my heart is beating a little faster right now as I type this. Valentine’s Day brings up so many feelings in us, and seeing other couples make a big fuss over it can trigger us in so many ways. But there are two things that will help you if you start to get “the feels.”
How to love yourself on Valentine’s Day even when no one believes in you or your dreams
Number one: Have faith like Saint Valentine did, you know the saint who inspired the whole lovefest in the first place? He had so much faith that he was imprisoned for it. He didn’t care what they did to him, he continued to have faith and even performed miracles while imprisoned.
Have faith like him. Have faith in yourself and in your dreams. Even if they try to laugh at you or “imprison” you in their negativity, forget them and continue to have faith in yourself. You can do it, and your dreams will come true. #Fact.
Number two: Have faith in them. This is the hard part. How can you make yourself believe that the people who are being mean to you because they don’t understand your dreams are worthy of your love?
Well, that’s where the F-word comes in again. Have faith in them that one day they will get you. One day they will understand you so well because they will be in the exact place where you are now.
I just completely changed the template of my site from a fancy expensive theme from my favourite guilty pleasure website, Themeforest, to this free one that you see here now.
It felt like it was time to shed my old colours. It felt like it was time to let go of all the fancy flora and fauna of my previous website theme and reveal the bare branches underneath. If this site, this blog can still hold its own, then I will be happy.
Fall is funny season because it makes you stand with one foot in Summer and one foot in Winter. No wonder you are feeling pulled in two directions! I know I am.
The biggest transition that I’m going through is moving away from high production blogs to simpler ones where the words do the talking, instead of fancy website.
These three blogs specifically impacted my decision to strip down and go bare with my blog theme:
An honourable mention should also go to Alexandra Franzen because she was on the Simple train nearly a year ahead of me but it took me a while to stop being bitter about her downgrading because I missed her old site.
From these four incredible blogs above, you’ll see how simplicity rocks. OK, Gala’s site is very pretty, but her words do all the heavy lifting and honestly, I would read her blog even if it had no pictures in it at all.
Why I downgraded my blog template
The two months, as summer transitioned into Fall, it was like there was a fog around me and I felt blocked from my writing. My friends noticed this in their own work as well. The transition period was far from smooth for many of us.
Also, you know how sometimes getting new stationary just makes you want to write more, that’s the feeling I wanted with my blog. The template of the blog is my new stationary and seeing the words in a new layout finally makes me want to write more.
Now are you inspired to strip it down too? I double dare you!
What’s your favourite “simple” blog that you read and why? Share the link in the comments below!