May 2016 – Nurturing Category

Welcome to the May 2016 edition of Parvati Magazine. When we were children, we instinctively called for our mother to help us up after we took a spill, or to soothe our aching hearts. Our mother was to come and wrap us up with that perfect embrace, whisper the perfect words that were to help us find our way back to wholeness. Or so we hoped. Whether we had a “perfect” childhood or one with more complexity, as we mature, we eventually come to realize that we must learn toRead More
We each are guardians of our inner child. We are called to take care of, listen to and honour the one within our heart and soul who knows exactly what she needs to follow her joy. That inner child is the one who sings effortlessly from her heart and shares that joyful light with the world. As we follow that joy, we are inevitably in a state of respect to all living things, because we honour and respect ourselves, which is connected to all. I often say that most disputesRead More
This is a go-to soup for when you just need to get something hot, healthy and nourishing on the table quickly. I developed this soup for myself when I was in a period of repeated late nights, coming home from work exhausted, chilled from a commute on a poorly heated streetcar, and not wanting to put in effort to get a nourishing meal. It comes together quickly and loads you up on veggies. Do all your prep and chopping beforehand so that nothing overcooks while you get the next ingredient ready.Read More
It is only when we learn to let go, open and meet life as it is do we begin to accept ourselves as we are. With that openness, we can reach the tender place within our own heart that cradles the wounded child within. We begin to touch a well of infinite love, the perfect, unconditional motherly love that the planet gives us in each moment. She, as a living being, loves and sustains us. And she is loved unconditionally herself and exists within a larger mother, the creative forceRead More
Eva Dvorackova is a fitness instructor and brand ambassador, based in Dubai, with a growing social media following in English and Polish. She recently gave birth to twins and has resumed her work as an instructor. We asked her to share a bit about her journey and advice to others. Parvati Magazine: Fitness has been a passion for you. When did you know it had to be your profession too? Eva Dvorackova: I first started to train as a teenager. This passion never left me. With only two breaks IRead More
In recent years, research has exploded on the subject of meditation and health, and much has been written both in the lay press and academic journals. Parvati Magazine also recently reviewed David O’Connell et al.’s “Prescribing Health: Transcendental Meditation in Contemporary Medical Care”. All these serve as inspiration and springboard for my perspective. I prescribe meditation and mindfulness practice regularly to my patients suffering from a host of conditions including chronic pain and headache, traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis. Indeed, the purported health benefits include reduced self-reported levels ofRead More
I became aware of Yogic arts when I was about ten years old. When I was over to play at my school friend’s house, I saw her mother, a tall, beautiful German woman, quietly excuse herself to go into a room in the house for some time. I was never invited into that mysterious room. When the room door would open, it seemed that it pulsated with something I only now understand as the spiritual energy I have seen in yoga studios and meditation halls. After what felt like anRead More
When I had acne, I used to think that results and tough love went hand in hand: harsh peels, foaming face washes – anything that stung. I thought that if it hurt, it worked. I could not have been more wrong. Not only did this approach create blotchy, sensitive skin, but it also created signs of aging. Gasp! Yes, all skin damage creates free radicals: those pesky molecules that wreak havoc on our skin tissues and create even more skin damage. This is why sunburn leads to sun damage, asRead More
Carol Dweck, a world-renowned researcher and psychologist from Stanford University, argues that the single quality that separates successful people from unsuccessful people is whether they think their intelligence and abilities are fixed. She refers to people who think their abilities are fixed as having a ‘fixed mindset‘, and those who think they can grow their mindset as having a ‘growth mindset‘. People with a fixed mindset believe that talent and intelligence are static, and that they cannot be changed. They see challenge as a negative thing, instead of a chanceRead More
The award-winning, hugely influential musician Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world as Prince, died unexpectedly at age 57 on April 21, 2016, leaving behind a wake of shock and grief, and a legacy of creative works, including over 40 recorded albums. Many artists point to him as an influence. We spoke with Parvati, the founder and lead artist of Kupid’s Play Records, and the label’s CEO Rishi Deva, about the power of Prince and how his work nurtured others. Parvati Magazine: What was your reaction when you learned ofRead More