I've learned that mindfulness isn't all or nothing. It's available to each and every one of us, and there are many different ways that we can access its benefits from wherever we happen to be.
When I boarded the plane to take my yoga teacher training in India nine years ago, I was pressing pause on a life that had stopped feeling right to me. I’d been working in my fancy corporate job on Bay Street (Canada’s Wall Street) for nearly a decade. I had social status. I was earning a really good living. Essentially, I was living the business-world dream. To outsiders, I looked incredibly put together—almost perfect. On (corporate) paper, my life was perfect.
When we live by our values, they are the compasses that guide everything we do. They ground our decision-making and root our actions in a purpose greater than ourselves. In short, they give our lives both direction and meaning—which is why having a very clear understanding of what your values are is so vitally important.
In my humble feminist opinion, every day is international women’s day. But the official International Women’s Day, celebrated every year on March 8th, is a formal opportunity for each of us to step back and appreciate the contributions made by women at every level—despite the barriers in our way, and despite how far we have left to go. Here are 5 brilliant women who have inspired me recently, and who I’m taking a moment to celebrate today.
Many of us, particularly women, struggle with accepting help when it’s offered, let alone when we should be asking for it outright.
Allies are critical to creating real change.But what does being an effective ally actually look like? Here are a few things you can do to better interrupt racism, hate, and discrimination with your own actions.
How many times have you heard the phrase “just be yourself”? Most of us have received this advice countless times. But while our culture talks a good game about valuing authenticity, the reality is that in our families, friendships, romantic relationships, workplaces, social circles, and beyond, the pressure to be like others and downplay our differences can be difficult to withstand.
Each of these books has taught me a key lesson on my journey. If you want to live better and tap into your own authenticity, I suggest curling up with one or all of these inspiring books this winter.
The other day, I had a girlfriend over who I hadn’t connected with for a long time. As we settled onto the couch to catch up over tea, she asked me what was new in my life.
In that moment, I had a choice – I could have used one of many stock answers that most of us have at the ready, like “Not much, everything’s good!” or the classic, “I’m so busy these days!”
About Ritu Bhasin
Ritu Bhasin didn’t always feel empowered to be an unapologetic, fiercely authentic leader. While she was highly successful and living the “corporate dream” in her early career, Ritu had a startling realization: the person she was in her day-to-day life bore little resemblance to her true self. Because of her experiences with racism and bullying, she found herself minimizing racial, religious, gender, and class-based aspects of her identity to “fit in” among circles where she felt she didn’t belong. And in doing this, she was profoundly unhappy.
After much soul-searching, Ritu decided to transform her life. She completed her MBA, left her corporate job, launched her own business, became a mindfulness practitioner and teacher, and dedicated her life to helping others become more empowered and inclusive. Most importantly, she committed to living as authentically as possible in all that she did going forward.