Ukulele And A Letter From Cambodia

Playing Real Life at a music festival in China
Playing Real Life at a music festival in China

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

2015 has been about finding my purpose and living it. Even in the confines of working full-time, I believe that I can find my purpose and live it. I have been thinking about it over the past few months. I actually cried out in despair a few days ago because I thought to myself, “I don’t know what my purpose is! I would live it, if I knew what it was.” Continue reading

Fish And Chips And Love

Fish And Chips from Australia, along the Great Ocean Road, Summer 2014.
Fish And Chips from Australia, along the Great Ocean Road, Summer 2014.

This is a guest post by Shruti, a story-loving traveler driven by curiosity and a thirst for inspiration.

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. – Buddha

When I was little I used to think that I would grow up, fall in love, get married and stay that way forever. I imagine I’m not the only one who looked at love this way, thanks to fairy tales and blockbuster films. Now fast-forward a couple of decades to a more recent time when I sat eating fish and chips with a dear friend. Between delicious bites of haddock and tartar sauce, the conversation turned to our thoughts on lasting, romantic love. No better segue to matters of the heart than food! Continue reading

What Random Stuff Are You Attached To?

A spot of bright green, downtown Toronto.
A spot of bright green, downtown Toronto.

“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, Parerga and Paralipomena

Recently, I updated my phone to the latest version of Android, Lollipop (I had to do it – how could I not with that  name?). Of course, I forgot that most first updates are buggy, and I couldn’t make outgoing calls with my phone anymore. I received calls, I could listen to podcasts, I could update my twitter, I could do everything else with this phone. Except call people! Continue reading

You Are Already Naked

My favourite fluffy clouds, Toronto.
My favourite fluffy clouds, Toronto.

Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. – Steve JobsUS computer engineer & industrialist (1955 – 2011) Continue reading

Feel The Emptiness

An old sign, Toronto.
An old sign, Toronto.

Our greatest pretences are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there. – Eric Hoffer

The other day, I sat down in front of my computer to write a blog post, my weekly diatribe to the blogosphere. But instead of words pouring out from me, there was only emptiness. Not only was there nothing that I felt like putting down on the screen, but I felt this gaping emptiness inside of me. Continue reading

My Mat Is My Haven

Random pictures from Toronto.
Random pictures from Toronto.

“Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.”  ~ Stephen Cope

A few days ago, I woke up with a headache. The heating in my condo wasn’t working up to par, and unbeknownst to me, it was 18.5 degrees Celsius all night. I did some oil pulling, and brushed my teeth. I had some breakfast, and sat down to write. But no matter what I did, the headache didn’t go away. I hate taking pills for random little pains here and there, so I ignored the headache as much as I could. I tried breathing exercises, and doing some pushups to get the blood flowing, but nothing helped. Continue reading

Remove Negativity In The Bud

Snow free streets from the summer, Toronto.
Snow free streets from the summer, Toronto.

I was reading the book, ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma. In it, there is a story about how the monks from Sivana would go to a cold waterfall and bathe in the freezing cold water when they had a negative thought in order to prevent the negative thoughts from proliferating.

“To live life to the fullest, you must stand guard at the gate of your garden and let only the very best information enter. You truly cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought—not even one.” Continue reading

Taking Up Mental Space

East-Asian grocery store, Toronto.
East-Asian grocery store, Toronto.

Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

I have been giving up a lot of ‘stuff’, physical and emotional, in the past few months, and I have been realizing more and more how much space this ‘stuff’ takes up in my mental space. You don’t actually realize you are holding that much tension in your mind, until you release a particular item. Often times, it is an item that you didn’t even think, you were thinking about. Without realizing, this item has been living rent-free in your head, quietly; like that serial killer that every neighbour thinks is the nicest, quietest guy in the world. Continue reading

Being True To Yourself In Job Interviews

Reminders of sunshine, Toronto.
Reminders of sunshine, Toronto.

Some people think that the truth can be hidden with a little cover-up and decoration. But as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away. – Ismail Haniyeh

Over the past few months, I have realized that I am getting worse and worse at falsifying my intentions in any way. It just doesn’t feel good when I am not being true to myself. I have been going to job interviews galore for the past few months and a lot of them have seen my blog. In my blog, I passionately talk about travel and yoga and spirituality. Continue reading

My Backpack Has Been Places I Haven’t Been

Pop of yellow, Toronto.
Pop of yellow, Toronto.

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. – John Steinbeck

I was musing over travel the last few weeks, and how a lot of my good friends are going to South America in the new few months. It seems the hot place to go to right now, like South East Asia was a few years ago. I started thinking if my backpack could talk, the stories it would tell. I have lent out my backpack to a few people in its lifetime, and I have been to some quirky places myself. Continue reading