Letter from the Editor: Awakening, by Pranada Devi


In the northern hemisphere, we are still in the dark, cold days of winter as this issue of Parvati Magazine goes to print. People who are sensitive to the lack of light may be struggling with difficulty getting up in the morning or even with depression. There’s dirty snow on the curbs of Toronto and the sun’s still down by the time many people get home from work.

And yet, winter is on its way out, and the early green will emerge from amid the snow sooner than we think. Did the crocus only begin to exist in the spring? Did it not always exist, even through the dark and the cold?

We have the opportunity to see that even when things seem as though they will never change, there is newness awakening and growing in the dark. It has already begun.

This month, we offer a range of articles on awakening. Kelly Boaz shares how yoga helped her awaken her inner warrior. Lama Jetsun Yeshe reminds us to focus on awakened action, and practice humility and compassion. Parvati shares the importance of activating in response to the call of the Earth. I share my enjoyment of the timeless beauty in the 1993 movie “Little Buddha“. Rishi Deva highlights Alanis Morissette‘s musical journey of awakening. And Kristen Ma reminds us that it matters when we wake up in the morning!

Wishing you joy and ease as we transition through this month from late winter to the awakening breezes of spring.


Pranada Devi is a communications professional living in Toronto, Canada. She is the Managing Editor of Parvati Magazine, and serves as an advisor on marketing communications for Parvati’s various projects.