• Parenting: Happiness vs. Pleasure

    Parenting: Happiness vs. Pleasure

    We want to give our kids everything, especially what we never had. Yet we’ve seen our kids excited with a new toy one moment, only to lose interest later. Other times, we feel they don’t appreciate what they already have. Then we hope that as adults they become monetarily successful so again they can have

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  • Parenting: Control vs. Letting Go

    Parenting: Control vs. Letting Go

    This word is getting louder and more intense as I get older: Control. As a young parent, I kept things safe and predictable for my kids. This control showed up in planning, organization, busy work, staying up late night or keeping things clean. I am a lover of the online calendar and to do lists.

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  • What’s the best way to parent?

    What’s the best way to parent?

    Get to know yourself! Our children learn from us by what we say, and even more by how we live our lives. The way we live our lives today is based on our past: Our own childhood. We bring a collection of beliefs and unresolved issues with us from our childhood . Therefore, making sense

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  • My Esalen: A Conversation with Vaishali Chadha

    My Esalen: A Conversation with Vaishali Chadha

    Do you remember the moment you experienced Esalen for the first time? We’ll be sharing occasional stories from our greater Esalen family on their journey to Esalen and how they bring Esalen into the world. Vaishali Chadha is a transformational coach, inspired in part by her work at Esalen.

    eNews: What first drew you to Esalen?

    Vaishali: I heard about Esalen from a friend, Dr. Karan Singh, the former Indian Ambassador to the United States and a friend of Michael Murphy.

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  • My desire to know the truth is stronger than my desire to avoid pain

    My desire to know the truth is stronger than my desire to avoid pain

    Are you willing to go to your uncomfortable place? This is the jungle of not knowing, of fear and anxiety. We tell ourselves scary stories of what resides in this dark place. These stories are based on what has happened to us in the past and will happen again in our worst case scenarios. It

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  • Space, the Final Frontier!

    Space, the Final Frontier!

    I’m referring to our inner space.  It is the feeling of spaciousness inside us and the physical space that surrounds us.  If you think about it, we are always exploring ways to create space in our lives.  For me a sense of spaciousness includes more time, silence, stillness, peace and rest. Also by saying no

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  • The Road To Pondicherry

    The Road To Pondicherry

    To realize that your life is a spiritual journey is a gift! Pondicherry made me realize it. When I heard about the place, I knew I wanted to live there someday. It’s strange to want to buy a property in a city that you only heard about and never visited. There is something that draws me to this city. Does it mean the place has something to teach me? Yes. I don’t fully understand what, but I’ll go with the flow and follow my heart.

    Pondicherry, India was a French colony before India won its independence. There is a strong French and Indian influence, combined with spirituality.

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