Boldly-Forward

Contemplative pieces that spark transformation

  • Meditating Through The Family Chaos
    on July 25, 2020

    It is 5.30am.   I peel my elbow, knees and toes away from the three tiny bodies slumbering in my bed.  Even though it is a king-sized bed, it barely contains us.  Some part of my body is stuck to another’s. — Boldly-Forward

  • The Cultural Grey Zone of My Indian-Americanness
    on July 18, 2020

    If you were to ask my Mumbai cousins how they would describe me, they would say, “She’s American.” If you ask my cousins in LA, they would say, “She’s Indian.” I’m Desi AND American. — Boldly-Forward

  • A South Asian Mother’s First Real Conversation About Race
    on June 6, 2020

    It is an hour past his bedtime when I hear a gentle knock at the bedroom door.  “Mama, I’m scared. Can I come in?” my middle child’s voice is muffled but recognizable.  I walk to the door beginning to open and ask, “What’s up, bud?” I expect another request to tuck him into bed or for water. — Boldly-Forward

  • What Shibani’s Reading: The Artist’s Way
    on May 14, 2020

    This book has been recommended to me by a handful of people over the years. I am finally heeding the call to read The Artist’s Way and write “morning pages.” The Artist’s Way is isn’t just for so-called “artists” but for anyone who has ideas that need gestating and development. — Boldly-Forward

  • Lessons in the ‘Groundhog’ Days of Quarantine
    on April 29, 2020

    I feel much like Bill Murray’s character in the movie “Groundhog Day.” For six weeks, my alarm has been set for the same time each day, chiming with a zen iPhone tone, which now seems just as annoying as the daily blare of “I Got You Babe” in the movie. — Boldly-Forward

  • 10 Tips From My Sheltering In Place To Share Ahead of Yours
    on March 20, 2020

    Want to know what part of your life will change during a shelter in place directive? Here’s my experience from a few days of sheltering in place in the Bay Area for those of you in SoCal, NYC and others facing the same. — Boldly-Forward

  • Affirmations and Tips To Help Ease Coronavirus Anxiety
    on March 7, 2020

    You handwash. Your fridge is stocked. You have sanitizer in your car. You are prepared for the battle against coronavirus. But your mind is still uneasy. Even in being prepared, some of us are feeling coronavirus anxiety. — Boldly-Forward

  • What Shibani’s Reading: EMF*D by Dr. Mercola
    on February 29, 2020

    Friends, I am officially spooked. The more I read about EMF (electromagnetic field) exposures, the so-called low-level radiation emitted by our cell phones and Alexa-devices, deemed to be “harmless” to humans, the more I want to duck and cover.   — Boldly-Forward

  • Try It: Replace “Have Tos” With “Get Tos” Today
    on February 21, 2020

    It is 5.45am. My alarm sounds. I am cocooned under my soft duvet, protected from the chilly morning air.   My alarm sound grows louder. Even though I chose a more zen alarm tone, windchimes are still jolting to this sleeping person.  I do not like the wind chimes at this moment.  I am not ready to let the day in. — Boldly-Forward

  • Valentine’s Days Gone But Not Easily Forgotten
    on February 14, 2020

    I grab my wallet, keys and phone and toss them in my shopping tote.  I am only bringing 2 bags inside, to discourage me from purchasing more than what I need. — Boldly-Forward

  • What I Learned About Living From Kobe Bryant’s Death
    on January 27, 2020

    Though it is 6.45am, the rising sun remains hidden behind the school buildings. The orange hues that peek out make a warm backdrop for the gleaming white charter buses approaching the campus.  My daughter and 43 of her fellow 4th grade classmates, who are already crowding the edge of the sidewalk, press even closer. — Boldly-Forward

  • What Shibani’s Reading: Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza
    on December 20, 2019

    I have been dancing around the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza for years.  First in the film, What The Bleep Do We Know, and then in podcasts online, where he describes his experience healing his spinal injury with methodical meditative techniques. — Boldly-Forward

  • How I (Kind Of) Quit Coffee
    on October 15, 2019

    I love coffee.Not just a little – but like A LOT. So much so that I think about it as I get ready for bed, seeing it as my reward for waking up the next day. — Boldly-Forward

  • Misery With An Ocean View
    on May 14, 2019

    “Are you sure you saw it? It is rare.” At a child’s birthday party, a parent is questioning whether I actually saw a green flash at the beach this evening. — Boldly-Forward

  • Try It: Finding Your Blue Sky
    on May 14, 2019

    The clouds that wander through the sky have no roots, no home,Nor do the distinctive thoughts floating through the mind.Once the Self-mind is seen, Discrimination stops. — Boldly-Forward

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