Seven Benefits of a Vipassana Meditation Course

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

Modern life can be extremely stressful. The strain of dealing with multiple conflicting demands at work and home can be overwhelming. Each person copes with this stress differently. Some choose distractions such as TV and video games or self-destructive ways such as tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Others may need counseling or psychiatric therapy. However, more and more people are turning to meditation as an effective way of dealing with stress.

In response to this growing demand, a wide range of meditation courses are being offered worldwide. However, many people still feel uneasy about meditation and associate it with mysticism and esoteric cults. Among the various meditation techniques, Vipassana meditation is relatively unknown because it is taught in ten-day residential courses and is not actively publicized.

Vipassana is an ancient meditation technique of India, which was discovered and taught by the Buddha. Its present teacher,

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Lost and Found – A Spiritual Retreat

On 17 October last year, my father passed away. Prior to this, Swamiji and his team were kindness personified and His words gave me courage to make some of the hardest decisions ever. Because these were the right decisions, I couldn’t cry after Daddy’s death. Instead, I wrote a story which was published in the New Straits Times. Here’s the link to that story:

The pertinent paragraph is this:

At one stage, I whispered into his ears: “Daddy, if you can see, look around you. I’m here. Mummy is here,” … I imagined that, like in the movies, Daddy’s astral being would rise up and see us all.
“Daddy, pray to Amma,” I urged him. This word “Amma” had a double meaning. For one, Amma was his ishtadevam…. It was also what we called my grandmother. He opened

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Are You a Writer Without a Morning Ritual?

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~Aristotle

Hal Elrod was pronounced dead after a car accident. He made an amazing recovery but then he became bankrupt. Depressed and desperate, he listened to a podcast during a morning run. The following words by Jim Rohn electrified him: “Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.”

The next morning, Elrod spent 60 minutes in silence, reading, reciting affirmations, visualizing, journaling and exercising. These six simple activities changed Elrod’s morning and his life. He shared the “miracle morning” that had turned his life around with friends who immediately felt the benefits. The Miracle Morning movement was born…

Elrod discovered that your morning routine dramatically affects your levels of success in every area of your life. Focused and productive

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Thomas: Obesity

Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia
“If you keep on eating unhealthy food, then no matter how many weight loss tips you follow, you are likely to retain weight and become obese. If only you start eating healthy food, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to lose weight.”

Subodh Gupta

In Ayurveda, a person is considered overweight or obese when there is an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat in his body. In most cases, there is an imbalance of the Kapha and Pitha doshas. We also believe that obesity is not dependent on how much or how little food you eat. In fact, it is the result of improper digestion or problems with your metabolism, lack of exercise and lifestyle choices.

The following case history is that of Thomas Morgan who first

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Two Awesome Online Tools to Improve Your Writing (For Free)

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can.
Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.”
~Ernest Hemingway

Which among the three stages of writing do you find the most daunting—prewriting, writing, or rewriting? Most writers would probably say it’s revising and editing their work. For example, Oscar Wilde is reported to have said, “I have been correcting the proofs of my poems. In the morning, after hard work, I took a comma out of one sentence…. In the afternoon I put it back again.”

However, revising and editing your work is crucial to your success. If your article is sloppily edited, it is unlikely to be published. One of the enduring principles of good writing is to write fast and to revise slowly. As Justice Brandeis said, “There is no great writing, only great rewriting.”

Unfortunately, the eye

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Bruce, the reluctant leprechaun


He’s coming.

It’s Christmas morning and Bruce (that’s what I call him) is sliding down the chimney. I see his pointy head in the fireplace. I hold my breath lest my reluctant leprechaun senses my presence behind the curtain and disappears.

For a year, he’s helped grow the fortunes of my business by perfecting the stitches of my handcrafted shoes left on the workbench.

Bruce sees my gift – tiny shoes. Scurrying to the Christmas tree, he puts them on.


Bruce kicks his heels together. Bruce does the jig back to the chimney, leaving behind a trail of fairy dust.

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What is Ayurveda?

Knowledge of Life: Tales of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Malaysia

‘Ayurveda has hit on something deep in nature. Its knowledge is rooted not in technology but in wisdom, which I would define as a reliable understanding of the human organism gathered over many centuries.’
Deepak Chopra

The word ‘Ayurveda’ can be broken into ‘Ayur’ and ‘Veda’. ‘Ayur’ (which means ‘Life’) is the constant amalgamation and union of body, sense organs, mind and self. ‘Veda’ means ‘Knowledge’. Together, Ayurveda means ‘Knowledge of Life and Longevity’.

The basic principles of Ayurveda trace their roots to the core of Indian philosophy and highlight a noble concept: that man is the microcosm of the macrocosm that is the universe. Man and the entire universe are composed of the same basic elements. There is in man as much diversity as is present in the external universe.

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The Best Online Tool for Writers

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“I don’t charge extra for typos. They’re just my gift to you.” ~ Michael Port

One of the biggest problems we freelance writers face is the difficulty in revising and checking our own work. Even if we have the luxury of reading our work with fresh eyes after putting it away for a day or two, we can’t be absolutely sure that our work is free from all errors.

Some of us may have writer-friends who can read our work and point out errors, but that may not be feasible all the time. They may be busy or on vacation. And they are also likely to miss a mistake or two.

What we need is a reliable tool that is accessible 24×7 and can check out work fast. What we need is Grammarly.

Grammarly Editor is an online writing application that helps you to finds and corrects mistakes in your

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Are You a Writer Who Doesn’t Exercise?

By Dr. Rohi Shetty

“There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise.
One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it.”
~Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller

The most common reason why we writers don’t exercise is because we don’t have time. Yet we somehow magically find time to watch our favorite TV shows.

Often we don’t feel like exercising. We feel too tired or stressed and just want to relax after a hard day’s work. Finally, even if we start exercising, we soon give up because of boredom. Of course, we are writers and artists, so we can come up with a hundred other reasons for not exercising.

There is a simple solution to all these excuses: Exercise while watching TV!

Five benefits of exercising while watching TV

Exercising while watching TV (or funny cat videos on YouTube) is a no-brainer. Check out all its benefits:


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The Perfection of My Father’s Death

Not again! I was tired and wanted sleep. Instead, I was staring out the window into the darkness. Then again, I’d become used to waking up in the middle of the night worrying about my father’s ailing health and our future.

I mentally ran through my checklist for when the inevitable happened: ask my cousin to drive me home; call my editor to reassign my interviews; make sure the car’s petrol tank was topped up.

What if I were overseas, though, when Daddy died? I must have enough money to buy a ticket home. I must arrange for someone to help Mummy call the doctor, report the matter to the police and do all the paperwork. Daddy had to be taken to the mortuary until I was home.

Such morbid thoughts, I know. However, I’ve learned that, in the dead of night, when worry and fear threatens to consume you, it’s best to

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