Loving Ourselves First

How do we earn our own love? This has been on my mind lately, as it seems to be a recurring theme within my patients.  And yet if we look closely enough, we likely find that it is a recurring theme within all of our lives, or the lives of our loved ones. In fact,

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! With gratitude, Monisha

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

Beyond Busyness

I am writing this post at 2:46 in the morning on a late Sunday night/very early Monday morning. My mind woke up with a buzzing, restless…

Running in the Rain

This past Sunday was a rainy day, unusual for sunny Southern California. I debated about whether to venture out…

The Secret To Meditating When You Think You Can’t

In an ideal world, I would meditate first thing in the morning when I rise, usually around 5:30am.

Rethinking Resolutions

One Powerful Intention for the Year Ahead “When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our…

My Teachers

I am continually reminded that my greatest teachers don’t arrive in the forms I expect. I am blessed to be a psychiatrist. I believe that through all of life’s twists and turns, all roads were leading me to this place, to this career. In the daily practice of being with my patients in a meaningful

The Spirit of Change

We often want to change habits or patterns in our lives that are not serving us well–eat healthier, exercise more, stop smoking, manage stress. There is a lot of information in self help books and online about how we can be successful in establishing healthier habits. In the daily practice of being with my patients,