Beyond Rationality

We often idolize rationality as the solution to all of the world’s problems. Awareness. Education. These are always touted as the foundations of success for any plan that hopes to create real change. Especially in our current era of Enlightenment, we have come to view rationality as our savior. We believe that if the whole world was…

The Four Elements of a Balanced Life

As a kid, I used to love watching Avatar the Last Airbender, a cartoon series about a young avatar who had to restore balance in the world. Although it was just a TV show, one of the lessons it taught me is how there is something we can learn from each of the four basic elements…

Empathy and Community Service

It was the first time in my life that I had found myself on crutches. My left ankle had been sprained but with a lot of airline assistance and hopping from wheelchair to wheelchair, I had managed to travel from the United States to India. There was a lot that I learned while I was…

11 Practical Ways to Live Fully in the Present Moment

“Be present” It’s the latest catch phrase of our decade. Everyone is constantly telling us to stop worrying about the future, to move on and forget about the past and to live in the “here and now”. While almost each one of us will agree that we want to be “here and now”, to live…

What Crutches Taught Me about Life

It was a beautiful, Wednesday morning when I hobbled my way onto the campus bus and entered the Health Center. I was in a state of utter confusion and shock. Something that was just a mild discomfort the night before had turned into an unbearable pain which wouldn’t allow me to put any pressure on my left…

Five Tips for Making Friends in College

College is coming! It’s a scary time, a new environment, new people. Sometimes it’s really intimidating to make friends. But don’t worry, it’s pretty easy, here’s what you need: 1. A Smile Smiling automatically makes you approachable. Most students are just as confused and worried as you are, so smiling is an easy way of showing…

Understanding the Whole: Overcoming Writer’s Block

I like to say that I am not a perfectionist but that I have an eye for perfection. Being an idealist at heart, I feel and understand the importance of getting things right, of maintaining purity and simplicity in the smallest of things. And yet, for the past few months, this is part of what…

YOU Have a Story to Tell

If you’d rather read than listen: As I explored WishDish with a friend of mine, she immediately told me, “This seems like a cool idea, but not sure if I have anything to share. I’m not a good writer anyways.” Many of us have this same sentiment when it comes to writing, talking, or just storytelling…

Unpacking “Me” – A Dive into Identity

Originally posted on 100 Ways to Write:
I recently had the opportunity to perform a spoken word poem that I had written a while ago. And on the day of the performance, I remember staring at the words on the pages that I was holding and realizing that these phrases that once held so much emotion and meaning to me…

Stop Waiting to Change

If you’d rather listen than read: — My Day Four assignment for the “Blogging 101” course that I have enrolled in is to publish a post for my ideal audience member. Seeing as this was assigned five days ago, I’m definitely playing catch-up, but I am determined to make it! Well, this got me thinking, who is…

Choose Love. Choose Heartfulness. Choose to Plan.

Originally posted on The Heartful Misfit:
Well, it’s that time of the year again—finals week. For those of us who feel trapped in the seemingly perpetual role of ‘student’, we are all linked together in a universal clique as, together, we endure piles of term paper rough drafts, sides of hands tattooed in ink residue,…

The Luxury of Studying

At Georgia Tech, I am surrounded by students (myself included), who are consistently complaining about the amount of work they have to do or how much they are dreading the amount of studying that awaits them. It has become so commonplace to accept studying as an inevitable evil that dooms us all that many of us don’t…

Four Ways to Be a Better Friend

It wasn’t until I came into college that I began to appreciate my friends and what it meant to have a friendship. When you are suddenly surrounded by people everywhere, and are also given more duties and responsibility, the day-to-day tradeoff between investing in friendships and expending effort on classes, work, and organizations becomes much more tangible. For me, this…

10 Valuable Lessons I Learned from Studying Abroad

This past summer, I had an amazing opportunity to go on a 10-week study abroad program in Europe, learning about the European Union, US-EU relations, European security, and human rights. I spent 6 weeks in Brussels with a host family, and about a week each in Ireland, France, Germany, and Poland. Needless to say, it was an…

A Cultivation of Seeds – My Indian-American Culture

The word “culture” has its roots in the Latin word colere, meaning to tend or to cultivate. For me, my culture is a cultivation of seeds derived from the values, customs, and achievements of my two homes: the United States of America and the Republic of India. As the son of Indian immigrants, my culture…

Nameless

As I make my way through a crowded walking trail in Brussels, Belgium, I feel free. No one talks to me or gets in my way, and I don’t get in theirs. For a moment, I am nameless. And in that beautiful moment, I am allowed to forget myself. I can shed my identity and embrace the world. I am everything…