Mum’s The Word

One day I was feeling blue. I got in touch with a shrink. We met. So affable, she was. It was refreshing to have her listening and interacting instead of trying the usual shrink tricks like nodding, jotting and staring. We had a real conversation. After our talk, she told me that I needed to…

I’m No Monk: On Finding My Mindfulness

  The word ‘mindfulness’ appeared in my life in college during a work-study job. My position was at a clinic run by Harvard Medical School doctors who ran the section on Behavioral Medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital. During my freshman year, I had the chance to hear the Dali Lama speak when he…

The Nose Knows

I’ve been hunting for the perfect jasmine scent. But, it’s eluding me. The latest one I bought – compulsively, impatiently – wears so horribly with my chemistry that it’s destined for the perfume junk yard along with some stinky Burberry bottles. I sniff for a lost jasmine odeur among essential oils in head shops, in Whole…