Category Archives: Focus & Clarity

Seeing Through Murky Waters

There is a beautiful stream that flows down the street from my home – it enters from one end, flows under the street bridge and emerges on the other side. I love going to stand on the side of the … Continue reading

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Self-Regulation VI: Walking Into Longer Days

Winter solstice has passed and we are finally climbing out of our journey into progressively shorter days (and of course, by that I mean fewer hours of sunlight). As we moved into the darker days of the winter, we may … Continue reading

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Self-Regulation V: The Mandala Practice

The mandala is an ancient symbol that represents the universe. It serves as a microcosmic representation of all that exists within us and in the external world. Mandalas have an intricate circular symmetry made of geometric patterns. Years ago, I … Continue reading

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Self Regulation III – Morning Mindfulness: The Mind & The Inextinguishable Flame

The candlelight flame is an ancient Indian symbol of undivided attention. It is said that if we leave the mind to its own devices (to entropy!), the flame of attention will scatter into thousands of tiny lights pointing in thousands … Continue reading

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Self-Regulation II: Begins Before Bedtime

The world of sleep is mysterious and vast. We are conscious of ourselves just before we drift off to sleep. However, in between falling asleep and waking, we intentionally or unintentionally place full trust in the world around us – that … Continue reading

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A New School Year & Taking Care of Ourselves: Eliminating Excess

A new school year is approaching and we are often swamped by a mix of emotions – Overwhelming feelings Nervousness Excitement Feeling upset We feel overwhelmed by a huge list of courses and teachers we know almost nothing about – … Continue reading

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Practicing Distraction & Practicing Focus Part II: An Ancient Tradition in a Modern Era

In the previous post, we deciphered the mind’s tendency to wander through and be pulled into an uninhibited stream of distractions. This was most evident as we watched ourselves, as outsiders, click around in a monkey-like fashion around Facebook (or … Continue reading

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Practicing Distraction & Practicing Focus: Part I

Distract your mind and it will frantically wander. Focus the mind and it will become still. Imagine yourself using Facebook. (If you don’t use Facebook, imagine yourself using another social media platform; if you don’t use social media, imagine yourself … Continue reading

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Cultivating Academic Humility (Part II): Allaying Anxiety

Have you ever had the experience where you are so sure of an erroneous understanding that you practically persist and argue to hold on to it in light of counterarguments? Often, in the classroom, I observe students that are so … Continue reading

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Cultivating Academic Humility (Part I): The Doorway to Curiosity, Innovation, & Passion

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” –Albert Einstein. It is no coincidence that one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century spoke these words. Hearing Einstein’s name often conjures up the … Continue reading

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