July 2016 – Be Present Category

Welcome to the July 2016 edition of Parvati Magazine. The meditation practice known as witnessing provides powerful insights into the ways in which we are attached to our perceptions. It has shown me the parameters of my active ego with extraordinary clarity. Witnessing has provided lasting shifts in the way I think and perceive. It has helped me move from being attached to painful thoughts, to living with greater freedom and joy. When we witness, we are fully present. Life turns from monochrome to technicolour. We feel more connected, aliveRead More
Parvati Magazine interviewed Eric Solomon with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre about his work to protect the Arctic ecosystem. Parvati Magazine: Can you please describe your work in the Arctic?  What in particular drew you to this? Eric Solomon: My work in the Arctic has three main goals: building greater public awareness and understanding about the Arctic and Arctic issues, effecting scientific research, and building partnership programs with Arctic communities that advance the first two in ways that are relevant and meaningful to Northern communities. I have had aRead More
Take a moment now. Look around you. Notice what you see. Settle into this moment. Imagine it were perfect. Give yourself that leap of faith just for a moment. Test drive perfection. See what it feels like. What do you notice? Do you really see? Do you really smell, taste, touch, and feel? Can you allow yourself to relax a bit more, here, now, exactly where you are so that you sense of perception broadens to welcome all that is before you, in this moment? Can you welcome this moment,Read More
During my year in India, I ignorantly approached my desire for spiritual awakening with the fervour of an ambitious young architect. As a consequence, I blew open my psychic field and was challenged to find the balanced link (or yoga) between spirit and matter. Nine months of intense burning fevers and long periods of spiritual bliss fuelled by intensive sadhana (spiritual practice) awoke subtle energies and connected me to “otherness”. A neophyte along the path, I thought spirit and matter were separate. I wanted to meet God. And to me,Read More
We all have days, moments or periods of our lives when we experience emotional pain. There are many ways we can experience pain, and many ways we can address it. From a yogic perspective, we learn to meet pain courageously, with openness, wisdom and compassion. Rather than running from it or trying to hide from it, you learn to give space to what you are feeling. In doing this, you allow yurself to meet and witness that which is, without resistance. With this intention, you eventually experience lasting release ofRead More
When I gave up dairy years back, it was a big blow to my ice cream obsession. It was not until I met my now husband that I learned about coconut ice cream. While I loved the taste and texture of coconut cream as substitutes to the real deal, the sugar content was too high for me. In addition to removing dairy and gluten from my diet, sugar was top on my list because of the negative effects I was experiencing soon after I ate anything sugary. Recently, I startedRead More

Posted On June 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn Film, July 2016 - Be Present

Film: Sing Street

Flying under the radar this spring was Sing Street, a brilliant coming-of-age piece by John Carney (Once, Begin Again) set in 1980s recession-era Dublin. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo plays the teenaged Conor, pulled out of private school when his parents hit tough financial times. He quickly finds himself bullied in a rowdy, hostile school. His muse arrives in the form of the mysterious Raphina (Lucy Boynton), an older girl who looks like a hairsprayed vision straight out of a John Hughes film. Conor tells her he’s in a band and asks herRead More

Posted On June 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn Fashion, July 2016 - Be Present

Fashion: Drizzle & Shine, by Jean White

I’ve always loved fashion. I enjoy styling outfits as a way to express myself. Five years ago I started a fashion blog to share outfit ideas and fashion finds. Along the way, I started wondering why the clothing I bought cost so little. I looked into it and was shocked to learn about the mistreatment of global garment workers and the devastating environmental impact of clothing. Leather tanneries spill a toxic concoction into waterways, fast fashion forces a quicker turnaround from design to end product and garment workers (often poor,Read More
Parvati Magazine spoke with Sarah Langan, the founder of Bella Cuore Organic Beauty. Parvati Magazine: What inspired you to start Bella Cuore and sell only organic and natural products? Sarah Langan: During college I was under a lot of stress and this pushed me to learn more about my diet. So I started to learn about what I was putting in my body and how it affected me. I realized how imperative it was for me to start eating right and also to exercise. So I really paid attention toRead More
I grew up on Prince Edward Island, Canada, where you’d have to try hard to be more than 25 minutes’ drive from a body of water. In this environment, everyone learned to swim as a child. It was as essential a life skill in childhood as driving would become in our teen years. When I was a kid, summer meant my brother and I would check the newspaper to find out when the tide was high that day, then plan a trip accordingly, piling barefoot into my mother’s car, sittingRead More