The Anatomy of a Hill

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to share with you a story from my weekend run. One of my favorite weekend morning activities is to go out for long runs on the trails that surround my home.  Sometimes I go with my running partner or another friend, and sometimes I go alone.  The

Can You Please Stop the Treadmill?

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to share a story with you. This past weekend, I was trying to get a quick workout in on our treadmill.  I was nearly done, just as my eight year old daughter popped into the room.  “Mama!  Mama!  Can you please stop the treadmill?  I need to

How Do We Let Our Kids Be Who They Are?

This article first appeared on OC Moms Magazine on March 21, 2015.   As parents, we have endless hopes and dreams for our children.  We hope first and foremost that they are safe and healthy.  We hope that they are happy.  We hope their hearts don’t get broken.  We wish them work that they are

The Truth About My Mindful Parenting

This article first appeared on Huffington Post on March 19, 2015.   One of the occupational hazards associated with writing numerous articles and a children’s book about mindfulness and parenting is that people expect you to be a mindful parent. They expect your children to be mindful children. You might think, on any given day,

My Guest Post Over On "Having Time"

Hello readers, I am honored to be featured on the British blog, Having Time!  This article marks the first time I was invited to write a guest post for another blog, and I am so happy with how it all turned out.  Please enjoy! http://www.havingtime.com/get-your-focus-back-how-to-step-away-from-distractions/ With gratitude, Monisha

Mindful Mondays: The Human Touch

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to share with you a poem that I heard over the weekend. On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend a physician wellness conference in Redondo Beach, California.  One physician in particular spoke about maintaining our humanistic side in medicine, a profession rife with burnt out and

Patient Inspired*: "Some People Can’t Talk."

We were connecting over Skype, she in her temporary apartment in Chicago, me in my office in Newport Beach. The cold, bright sunlight flowed through her windows, lighting the tall table for two that was covered by a makeshift tablecloth. The cat, quietly present, weaved in and about the space, occasionally stepping across the keys

Mindful Mondays: Just Drink The Coffee

For today’s Mindful Mondays post, I would like to share with you a quote from Sharon Salzberg, esteemed meditation and mindfulness teacher, as well as co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. “Mindfulness has a lot of benefits. One is simply connecting with our lives as we live them. If you drink your

From Goals to Intentions: A Radical Shift

This essay first appeared on Huffington Post on March 5, 2015   My patient, Anne, lowered her voice down to a conspiratorial whisper: “You know, Dr. Vasa, sometimes I even allow myself to go down to the coffee shop and… read a book!” She looked at me expectantly, wondering what I might say next. Anne

Drinking Tea

    This post first appeared on Huffington Post on February 26, 2015. Last week, I traveled to India with my husband and two young children. My children are 7 and 8 years old and had never been to India before. In fact, it was their first international trip. Personally, I had not been to

Mindful Monday

Mondays can be difficult for all of us.  Let’s do what we can to make it feel a little better.  Every Monday, my intention is to post an inspirational quote, suggestion, or passage that will help us all to ease into our weeks.  My goal is to help us all make Monday a little more