The Balanced Life

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The Hidden Costs of Hypocrisy in Families

When I was growing up, a large majority of Indians didn’t talk about their personal lives. What transpired behind closed doors became the property of the walls. Most pretended that their lives…

Sweta Vikram on Letting Go

How do you find bliss? Get into the habit of letting go, says Sweta Vikram If you are a practitioner of yoga and Ayurveda, you probably know that we are more than…
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This Valentine’s Day, Fall in Love With Yourself

I have been cynical about the world’s largest corporate holiday, aka Valentine’s Day, for most part of my adult life. I don’t like being told what to feel about anyone, including myself.…
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The Power of Pause and Restoration

SEEMA columnist Sweta Vikram talks about the importance of taking time to pause and restore yourself in this week's The Balanced Life. As an author, Ayurveda-based mindset and wellness coach, columnist, and…
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The Balanced Life: Pivoting Careers

2020 taught us more lessons than we were prepared to learn. One of them was to live the life of our dreams because there are no guarantees for a tomorrow. I am…

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Ayurveda’s Answer to Healing from Grief

I saw a woman on the street the other day screaming, “I can’t take it any more.” People looked at her as if she was unhinged; on the other hand, I felt…

How Passion and Purpose kept women sane during pandemic

How Passion, Purpose Kept These Women Sane

Yes, there have been good things about 2020: babies born, businesses started, quality time spent with immediate family, gourmet cooking discovered, and then some. But for the most part, this year has…

Spread Kindness and Compassion This Holiday

I was talking to a friend about how 2020 has brought to light the inequities in our world and made us all woke. Don’t get me wrong: the differences and gaps have…