Health & Wellness

Pity, Sympathy Or Compassion: How to Help

Pity, Sympathy Or Compassion: How to Help

Q. When I encounter someone in pain—physical, emotional or otherwise, I tend to have strong reactions. I think of how unfair it is for someone to suffer or I get into pitying them. I feel sorry and start to feel sad. I hear people talking about sympathy and compassion...
Think Away Your Chronic Pain

Think Away Your Chronic Pain

In his book, The Divided Mind, John Sarno describes the case of a young engineer who was suffering from severe back and leg pain for over eight months. He had tried conventional treatments, but to no avail. His MRI showed a herniated disk for which he had been advised...
Summer Cookouts and Picnics

Summer Cookouts and Picnics

The idea of a summer cookout generally conjures a vision of meat on an open fire, but the joy of cooking and sharing food outdoors can be enjoyed by vegetarians as well. Among my fondest childhood memories of my village is that of farmers sitting around an open fire...
Untold Stress Because of “Coming Out”

Untold Stress Because of “Coming Out”

 Q.  About five years ago when I turned 27, I came out as a lesbian to my parents and family.  They immediately grilled me about my attraction to other women and whether I had really given men a chance. I told my story of discovering my sexuality and that I had even...

Will Sambar Die With Me?

My cousin Ravi and his wife Radha were visiting America  for the very first time. One day, as I was waiting to pick them up for a drive around town, Radha was unusually late. As she slowly stepped into the car, she handed me a small box, saying “this is what made me...
Feeling Anger and Grief in a Difficult Marriage

Feeling Anger and Grief in a Difficult Marriage

Q. My husband and I have been struggling now for about seven years. We have different personalities and we have lost our ability to actually have conversations where meaningful information and feelings are exchanged. Only 10% of what I really want to say gets across....