Boldly-Forward

Contemplative pieces that spark transformation

  • What Shibani’s Reading: Henna Artist, by Alka Joshi
    on July 5, 2021

    Looking for a perfect summer, escapist read? Grab your copy of Alka Joshi’s (no relation!), The Henna Artist, and hit the beach. The Henna Artist is a rich, detailed and beautiful story of a northern Indian woman searching for freedom and self acceptance in the post-partition world. — Boldly-Forward

  • Measuring Your Spiritual Progress
    on May 31, 2021

    Does making spiritual progress ensure steadiness and equanimity during life’s rockiest times? What does spiritual work provide during a crisis and what does it say about your spiritual training? If you read my last post, then you’ve read about the especially challenging month I’ve had, which has included:  a health crisis in the family, a search for a new home, the impending loss of my caregiver and long stretches of work travel –  all piled up on top of “normal” life.  — Boldly-Forward

  • Balancing Action and Surrender During Life’s Storms
    on May 1, 2021

    I am at the foot of my altar. A table standing two-feet tall, placed just under my bedroom window. I am prostrated in what is called in yoga as “balasana” or child’s pose.  My forehead is cushioned by fluffy, beige carpet. — Boldly-Forward

  • The Story Behind My Elle Story
    on March 30, 2021

    How the long road can the be the destined road. I hope you have read my Elle piece,“The Other Side Of Indian Matchmaking: The Indian Divorce,”  about my Indian-American divorce.  I am humbled by its publication.  The story follows the long, painful, internal struggle I faced for many years about leaving my marriage because of the cultural and personal ramifications. — Boldly-Forward

  • Who are you, in 3 words?
    on February 19, 2021

    I’ve been in an explorative space lately.  Despite the mundaneness of quarantine, I have been able to have some exciting periods of creativity and exhilaration. These moment have come through simple conversations, reading and even while doing interviews. — Boldly-Forward

  • What Shibani’s Reading: Letting Go, by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
    on January 16, 2021

    Disclaimer: this book may change your life. Letting Go provides a method for understanding core emotions we all experience – like guilt and anger – and the process for letting go of our involuntary reactivity which, once examined, frees us to live from a more centered place. — Boldly-Forward

  • How I Say ‘Thank You’ With The Japanese Tradition of “Nengajo”
    on December 18, 2020

    The year-end is a reflective period for many of us. We think back on our accomplishments and losses for the year, fueling new hopes – or resolutions –  for the future. — Boldly-Forward

  • Try It: Take A Moment For Box Breathing
    on November 14, 2020

    If you clicked on this article, you need this – a moment to yourself. Some days, I feel my household is on the verge of losing it. I’m yelling, or they’re yelling, about Zoom codes, stepping on toys, the printer not working, that dinner isn’t to someone’s liking, over the household chores…over it all. — Boldly-Forward

  • 3 Prayers for Health and Healing of a Loved One
    on October 17, 2020

    “Please pray for me.” Have you ever been asked to pray for someone?  I recently received news that a close friend suddenly fell ill and was struggling for her life.  On that call, I was asked to pray for her.  After hanging up, I immediately sat down to pray…then stalled.  What do I do? What should I say?  Growing up in Oklahoma, a request for prayers was as common as making brunch plans. — Boldly-Forward

  • Why Now Is Time For Women To Go On A “Money Date”
    on September 5, 2020

    When was the last time you had a conversation with your partner about money? For many of us, it has been awhile.  It is something we have control over while we are single. — Boldly-Forward

  • Learning To Embrace, Not Avoid, Conflict
    on August 17, 2020

    “I don’t want to swim today, Mom,” says my middle child, sprawled upon my bed. It is an hour before his lesson. He already dressed in his shirt-print swim trunks “Why not?” I yell out from the bathroom, as I brush my hair. — Boldly-Forward

  • What Shibani’s Reading: Wild Things, by Stephen James and David Thomas
    on August 10, 2020

    When I found out I was having a boy as a second child, I kind of freaked out.  “What in the world will I do with a boy?” I wondered.  — Boldly-Forward

  • Meditating Through The Family Chaos
    on July 25, 2020