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3 Reasons I’m Embracing Feeling “Lost” Again — Even Though It’s The 3rd Time.

At some point in life, we’ve all felt degrees of feeling lost, probably more so in the last year. We dislike that feeling as it hits us at the core of our hearts. It leaves us with a sense of powerlessness, fear, and despair.

Yet this feeling of disorientation is an inevitable part of living, similar to the feeling of love. Like opposite poles of the magnet, both emotions pave the way for the forming of our identities, values, and beliefs. They sensitize us to what being human is.

I am feeling lost in life, again. …

Fitness | Self-Improvement | Habits

5 reasons for an effective whole body mobilization

I didn’t exactly grow up living an active lifestyle, it was a combination of factors of nature and nurture. None of my family members live an active lifestyle so I wasn’t influenced much towards being active. Throughout my teenage years, I mostly led a sedentary adolescence, as a result of my triple “concoction” of chronic mild asthmatic, candida, and skin allergies.

I will never forget that feeling of constant skin itch, coughs, and cries; pleading with my late grandmother, “Please, I would love to have my lungs changed!”.

Not to mention, the “religious” activity of visiting the old TCM doctor…

10 ways to practice self-love when the going gets tough

Self-love is a big word and the concept probably began around 380B.C. with the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, and philautia. It has also been discussed much over centuries amongst philosophers, theologians, spiritual leaders, and psychologists. Its resurgence happened again recently, as we are going through a pretty extreme time of crisis, although not quite like an actual World War thankfully.

As an integrative health coach-in-training, we are often taught the concepts of self-love, its importance, and significance to a woman’s overall health. …

How I use barefoot walking to restore my mental clarity during the pandemic

I have always been described as an overthinker. And I don’t like that adjective. It was my “trigger” word as it made me feel ostracized and misunderstood. As a counter-productive measure, those words “stop overthinking” made my mind work harder to “think”, accentuating the turns of my mental cogwheels.

With the uncertainty of the ongoing Covid-19 situation still looming over my head, those overwhelming thoughts, brain fog, and poor decision-making are slowly creeping back again.

My usual grounding practice ceases to work…

I am fortunate that I live just 3 minutes by foot to a small beach, where I can just sit by the sand or a…


5 ways to start your own mobilization science-backed program

I started bodybuilding at age of 19 with the “boys”. I trained body-parts, as if the human body moves like a machine, pushing myself beyond my pain, numbing myself to what my body was telling me.

All I wanted was to build a lean, “mean”, “sexy”, flexible machine capable of moving any way my heart desires.

Bodybuilding-style training became my primary goal to carve a lean-and-mean body. And the good ol’ stretching became the companion to bodybuilding in the hope for me to attain the “flexible” body I had my eyes set on.

I didn’t care about the consequences of…

Girlfriends-Mothers Humor

It’s never too late to start them young

So the other Friday night, it was the regular girls-night-out affair.

It’s been a while since we decided to dress up just a little and try a place we all have never been before. With travel restrictions still in place, news of the virus mutations, and death tolls still rising in India, we were grateful that our city-state is somewhat functioning normally (whatever that means these days) with most F&B places in full operation.

The restaurant was packed like sardines. People are really desperately looking for places to go to but in a country less than 1% the size of…

How technology is changing the way we look at dating.

When Watson and Crick first discovered the double-helical structure of human DNA in 1953, who would have thought about how it has changed the world in ways more than just health.

In a short span of 67 years, we’ve seen wide-ranging applications of genetic testing — from predicting predispositions to developing genetic diseases pre-and post-natal, to tracing ancestral roots, and evaluating fitness performance, food sensitivities, and stress response to craft unique programs that almost guarantee optimal health.

To tap on our inherent fear of death and our need to be better, stronger homo sapiens, biotech companies such as CirclesDNA and…

One of them involves going head down to be a monk for a day

As writers, we all fear facing that Great Wall of China — the writer’s block. It could be a mysterious case of creative burnout, an inability to focus, or a struggle to write a coherent flow. We start to enter a vicious loop of trying too hard to churn out articles, perhaps taking multiple pauses by scrolling endlessly on our social feeds, silently praying to Thoth (the Greek-Egyptian god of writing), hoping that he will grant you that miracle of the coveted writing flow back. But the more you try, the less your words flow! …

5 traits irresistibly authentic people practice

Authenticity and integrity have always been two of my major personal values I live by. I don’t know when I discovered this, perhaps from growing up in a large extended 3-generational family — where I am immersed in multi-relationships between siblings, married couples, aunts/uncles-nieces/nephews, and parent-child, made an influence on me.

The things people say in front of each other and also behind each other awakened me further to the world of relationships and communication dynamics as I wondered, “why would the adults behave the way they do?”.

Fast forward to being an adult I am now, living in our…

Listen…to the song in your heart

For the longest time, I struggled with the crippling fear of speaking to people in authority over me. Even as an adult in her 30s, this fear of speaking to superiors would paralyze me with anxiety.

I suppose it was a fear that stemmed from my childhood; I grew up as the only girl in a family that had really strong opinions about everything. Unlike me, my loved ones have a way with words — and they’re loud too — which made me feel like I couldn’t really speak up and voice my opinions.

It’s not that they weren’t reasonable…

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