My Journey

 
 

It all started when...

A personal crisis and a life-event culminated over a span of twenty years in a spiritual shift. During those stormy years, the 15 minutes of daily meditation were the highlight of my life. A scientist by training, I started becoming curious about the Vedic and Buddhist teachings. Material success no longer mattered. Then I became pregnant. I reached a tipping point. According to many, I "foolishly" quit a successful career on Wall Street to understand the deeper meaning of this life force that is kindled within me and that of the two beautiful beings growing inside my uterus.

Science or not...

New York University (NYU) became my temple. Immersing in Comparative Religions and Neuropsychology studies, I tried to grasp a textbook definition of soul. I was unsuccessful. So I started to research at NYU Medical School, thinking that the MRI machine would help me get a mechanical workings of this strange life force. Well, that was not to happen. However, I did realize working with the laboratory is that I loved working with the little "test subjects" that came holding their their parents' hands to be tested for autism. I also noticed that these children seemed sad when their parents were stressed. When the parents lit up, so did these kids. While there is a place for psychiatrists to work with these children, I felt a gaping hole in how we perceive these mental illnesses. There was a strong brain component to dealing with children - typically developing or diagnosed - that we cannot overlook. But there is a stronger and more influential component in raising children that we, as parents, are missing out on.

A changed perspective of life...

How about trusting the process of life? We could use every life experience as a lesson on living. How about using every person we come along, especially our children, as our "gurus"? I use this concept in my workshops. I am lucky to have grown up in India, where the rich teachings of our sages are passed on through generations. I am also fortunate to be married to a Scandinavian man, teaching me how to balance the two very opposite cultures - marrying the best of both worlds of the East and West. This is what I would like to share with you!